As Bournemouth is a student-dominated town, taxi’s are a very popular form of getting by- especially after a night out! It’s 3am, you’re cold, probably drunk, very tired and the only thing on your mind is crawling into your cosy bed.
Here are some handy tips for students on staying safe when using a taxi:
- You probably came to the club with your friends, so you LEAVE with them. Always make sure you’re with at least one other person. A young student wandering the streets at 3am attracts all the wrong attention and the cars pulling up to you are unlikely to be ‘licensed taxi’s’.
- Hitch-hiking only happens in the movies, don’t try it.
- Every friendship group has ‘the responsible one’, so before you leave for a night out, get them to pre-book your taxi for the end of the night. That also saves you from shivering outside in your outfit that ‘a coat would have ruined’.
- We all know you’re exhausted from the amazing night you just had, but make sure you save some energy to stay awake throughout the journey. Falling asleep in a taxi puts you in a vulnerable position, so I suggest you don’t party till you pass out. Additionally, staying awake means that you can show your driver all the short cuts to save some money and prevent them from ‘accidentally’ taking the long way home.
- Last but not least, before you exit the taxi, make sure you look back at your seat ensure you haven’t left any belongings behind. We all know our lives are in our phones and you’ll make christmas come early for the next customers.