Black cabs are a British institution, but there are certain safety measures to consider when you’re hailing a taxi in London. Here are five of the most dangerous locations to hail a London taxi and some tips to help you avoid road traffic accidents and injuries in the capital.
The five most dangerous locations to hail a London taxi
- At traffic lights: If you see a taxi waiting at the traffic lights, flag it down and then wait for it further up; do not attempt to get into the car while it is waiting at a red light. The likelihood is that the lights will change before you are ready to get in, increasing the risk of you being involved in a collision on the road.
- At a junction: If you’re waiting for a taxi, avoid standing close to a junction and never stand in the carriageway.
- At a bus stop: Buses are incredibly frequent in London, so avoid standing in bus stops trying to get the attention of a passing cab driver. Stand well back, so that buses have room to manoeuvre and don’t try to dash across the road to flag a taxi if a bus is parked up; your visibility of the road may be impaired by the bus and this increases the risk of a road accident and car crash injuries.
- On a roundabout: Roundabouts can be dangerous at the best of times, but in London, where the traffic is notoriously heavy, trying to catch a cab could result in very serious consequences. If you want to get a taxi, walk away from the roundabout and find a spot by the side of the road which is safe.
- On a dual carriageway: If you come across a dual carriageway on your search for a taxi, try to resist the temptation to try and flag a cab down. Cars travel at high speed on major roads and if you’re desperately running for a taxi or trying to negotiate crossing a busy road, there is a high risk of accidents on the road. It’s best to visit taxi ranks or catch a taxi on residential streets.
Catching a taxi safely
If you need a taxi, the best thing to do is to track down a taxi rank or visit a busy residential or commercial street, where taxis tend to circulate on a regular basis. Always stand on the pavement, never go into the road, and wait for the taxi to come to you.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice