AN experienced taxi driver has revealed the costly mistake people often make when hailing a taxi.
The London taxi driver, known on YouTube as TomtheTaxiDriver said that many customers make the mistake as soon as they get into a black taxi.
Tom, who has almost 87,000 subscribers, says many people don’t specify where they’re going and simply give the driver a street name, which can cause problems.
The taxi driver said customers often get a faster ride if they specify their exact destination, so the driver can arrange the ride to get there the fastest way.
However, Tom said this was more of an issue in central London, where roads are often much longer and usually very busy.
He said Express.co.uk: “A lot of this can be down to communication… The people of the UK give the driver as much information as possible.”
“If someone says, ‘Oh, can you take me to Oxford Street?’, then Oxford Street is a very long street.
“Depending on where I am, there could be multiple points where I can drop you off that would be much quicker or take much longer.
“If you’re very specific to the driver and say, ‘I want to go to Oxford Street because I want to go to this shop specifically,’ then that really helps.”
“TomtheTaxiDriver” also said that the tip could also be useful for tourists in the capital.
He revealed that visitors can avoid getting lost in the city by contacting their driver, who may be able to provide additional instructions after paying for the ride.
This may include advice on how to get to a venue that may not be easily accessible by road.
It could also mean not missing the start of a show or performance when there is a lot of traffic on the streets.
Tom advised that if people went to a particular theater and took them straight to the door, this could add another five minutes to the journey time, for example, which would result in a higher fare.
But he said when people say they need to go to a certain theater, he can drop them off quickly or nearby, perhaps across the street, and they save time and money.
The YouTube star added that not only does it help the passenger when they communicate well, but it also means they can get to their next job quicker.
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