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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Paying A Fair Taxi Fare 

The most common question a passenger asks himself after using a taxi is, "did I pay a fair taxi far or was I duped?" This is a really common case particularly when we are not familiar with the local taxi rates, specially when we are visiting a new city. Thus if you do some research about the local taxi fares, the you would have the peace of mind that you got a fair deal and you might also save a little money.

The first thing you need to do to calculate the fare is to figure out the distance and the route to your destination. This can be done by visiting one of the many mapping websites like Google Maps. You can utilize the get directions option to figure out the route and the distance. You will get a number of routes depending on the website that you utilize. When choosing a route, you should select the fastest one (in minutes). The taxi drivers are generally on a demanding schedule and most travelers are generally in a hurry so the drivers will nearly always choose the fastest route rather than the shortest one.

The following step will be to determine what the taxi rates are for the city that you are traveling. Each place will have unique regulations pertaining to taxi rates and the maximum price that taxis can charge. These specifics are found on the city's government website as well as few websites that run or endorse taxi businesses. Taxi fare calculator can offer an idea of the amount you will be spending even before you commence your travel!

The majority of these website services are free to use and provide the required information such as travel time, distances and estimated fares. You can also use these exclusive services to determine cab fare. Furthermore, these websites also give a thorough route map so that you can get a clear idea about the route and the distance you will need to travel. Furthermore, it also enables you to alter the default route in order to avoid traffic or plan for shopping along the way! These services are also available on your mobiles to let you refer to the fares and routes whilst you are traveling in a taxi. However, you should bear in mind that these services can only give you an estimation of the fare. Moreover, since these are estimates they may differ according to external conditions such as traffic and weather.

Such websites cover nearly all Australian cities providing exhaustive maps and taxi operators. You can also use these services to figure out the taxi rent of different service providers which would assist you in making comparisons. Some websites would also provide further comprehensive information for example waiting charges, off-peak taxi fares including nights and weekends, etc.

Overall, remember, if you are willing to dedicate some time to carry out some simple research, regardless of which city you are in, you can at all times receive a fair taxi fare and avoid being "taken for a ride".

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