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A taxi driver's guide to surviving Christmas

19/12/2019 11:49:00 AM

With the year winding down, the chaos is only just starting to pick up. Christmas is a notoriously busy, even in taxi land. So if you're working this chaotic (wonderful) time of the year, here are our tips to getting through it.

1. Less taxis means more work for you

Christmas is a very busy time of the year and that's before you take into account all the drivers taking time off. Some drivers estimate their work doubles during this time, so it’s not all bad slogging it out for a few extra weeks. The key is knowing the right places to work (obviously the city). You’ll find there are lots of people out for company Christmas Parties or doing the last of their present shopping around the city CBD areas. 

2. Remember to take breaks!

With all this extra work it will be easy to lose track of time and forget to take a break. With more people on the roads it’s essential to take regular breaks to stay alert and focussed. Every two hours of driving, get out of the taxi and have a stretch. Not only will it keep you from nodding off behind the wheel, but your back, neck and shoulder muscles will thank you for it. 

3. The airport is not always your friend

The airport might seem like an easy way to get a fare, wait in line and get a passenger. But December is one of the busiest times for travel, so picking your times is crucial. In Sydney, the busiest travel dates of the year will be on the 18th and 19th of December and while this means there will be a lot of opportunities for fares, it might not be worth your time. Our top drivers tell us the only time you should go is if you already have a passenger to drop off there, otherwise you might be stuck in traffic without a fare. Also remember that on Christmas day the airport is dead, so take a break and enjoy the day!

4. Look out for the ‘extra happy’ people

You know what I mean when I say ‘extra happy’ right? With all the Christmas parties and events on this time of year it’s not uncommon to pick up someone who is a little worse for wear. Take it easy over those speed bumps and roundabouts, your passengers will thank you for it! Also it might be a good idea to keep water, tissues and maybe even plastic bags in the back just to be sure. 

Whatever you decide on doing this Christmas ingogo would like to wish you a very happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to another big year in 2020!

Luke Vrkic

Written by Luke Vrkic

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