10 Ways for Women to Be Safe When Boarding a Cab

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In our country, the incidents of rape and female abuse just don’t come to rest. Today, we can’t even feel safe in on-call cabs, a convenience that women could have otherwise counted upon. If only the taxi service operators were more serious about ensuring the safety of female passengers!

Anyhow, the perverts and sick minded are out there in plenty and the best way to ensure your safety when boarding a cab is to be a smart passenger. Police, society and government? Let’s not wait for them to act. There’s no time. You know that.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Call family members or friends before boarding a cab

Make sure someone always knows where you’re taking the cab from and to where.

Call family members or friends before boarding a cab

 

2. Ask for a photo id proof from the driver before boarding

Do not be shy, please.

You can ask for an ID – be it a cop halting your vehicle or an Indian Railways TT. Why not a taxi driver?

Ask for a photo id proof from the driver before boarding

 

It could be his driving license, company ID or any other authentic ID proof.

And if you get a chance, click a picture of the photo ID and pass it on to a friend or family member on WhatsApp.

 

3. Start Using the GPS (Global Positioning System)

Always keep the GPS ‘On’ till you reach your destination. This is the best way you can be sure of the fact that the cab is taking you to your destination and not a secluded spot.

Start Using the GPS (Global Positioning System)

This is especially important if you take taxis during the night time. This is when taxi drivers often change routes to get to the destination quickly or if they have some evil intentions.

 

4. Take a picture of the Cab; don’t miss taking a picture of the Number Plate

It might sound a little embarrassing to take pictures of cabs all the time, but it’s a matter of your own safety. Click pictures and send them to family and friends.

Take a picture of the Cab; don’t miss taking a picture of the Number Plate

 

5. Opt for busy routes, even if it takes longer to get there

Cab drivers often suggest shortcuts.  Never agree to take these short cuts, especially if they pass through isolated patches.

Opt for busy routes, even if it takes longer to get there

 

6. Start using safety apps on your mobile; keep them handy

There are numerous apps that let you connect instantly with the police and other emergency services.

Start using safety apps on your mobile; keep them handy

 

Some applications are: VithU: A Gumrah Initiative, iFollow-Ladies safety SOS, I’m Shakti, SafetiPin and spotNsave Feel Secure.

 

7. Use speed dial list for emergency calls

See that phone numbers of family members & close friends are there in the speed dial list. In case of emergency, you can press a button and get in touch with them within few seconds.

Use speed dial list for emergency calls

 

8. Cover up any revealing clothing; avoid wearing expensive jewelry

It hardly matters to those harboring sick thoughts in their crooked heads. But since your own safety might be at stake in their company, make sure you carry a stole or jacket to cover any revealing clothes while traveling by taxi.

Use speed dial list for emergency calls

 

9. When possible avoid boarding a cab alone

When possible avoid boarding a cab alone

10. Be alert, don’t play candy crush

While you think there’s plenty of time to complete the next level of Candy Crush while travelling by cab, you’re mistaken. You’ve to be alert all the time on the road, especially if you’re alone.

Be alert, don’t play candy crush

 

use gps, take pic of the cabbie, keep calling friends, keep pepper spray handy,

call a family member before boarding, etc.

Subhikhya
Not from Bihar, heard a lot about the state. Always interested in exploring the art culture and politics of the state. So here I am, writing and doing PR for AaoBihar.com
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