Talking About Cabs and Airport Shuttles

Should I Converse With My Taxi Driver?

When you are taking a taxi, you could choose to strike up a conversation with the cab driver. But if you don't feel like having a conversation, or if you feel it would be awkward to do so, you don't have to. When you do feel like being social, though, there are several things to keep in mind.

Talk About the Traffic and the Weather

One conversation topic is to talk about the traffic and how good or bad it is. You can also talk about the weather. While these might seem like boring conversation topics, they can break the ice and allow you to move into other conversation topics.

Compliment the Driver

Another great way to start a conversation is with a compliment. For example, you could comment on how good of a driver the taxi cab driver is. However, you won't want to tell the driver how to drive because this can be distracting. If the driver doesn't know how to get to a particular destination, he or she might ask you, or they could look it up. If you want a specific route, make sure to bring this up with the cab driver beforehand. 

Show Interest

The conversation might move toward a topic the taxi cab driver is interested in, and it's best to be a good listener and show interest. Ask questions if you would like the conversation to keep flowing. Being able to strike a conversation is often considered an important skill for taxi drivers. 

Talk About Your Destination

If you are traveling to an interesting destination, this might spark a conversation. For example, if you are heading to a show, the cab driver might already know about it. If you are new to the city, the taxi driver will often know of other places of interest you could visit. Drivers are often informed about the big events from companies they drive for.

You Don't Have to Talk at All

In some cases, the taxi driver might look tired, and you may want to use the ride as an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds. You may also use this as an opportunity to think about what you are going to do when you reach your destination. You could also simply use your cell phone while waiting to reach your destination. Most taxi cab drivers do not consider this to be rude and are happy to allow you to relax while they focus on keeping you safe. 

Contact a company like Union Taxi today for more information and assistance.