A lot of people are attracted to becoming a taxi driver because of the flexibility it provides as you choose which hours you want to work. You can also supplement your income with private hire jobs or pick-ups. The taxi and private hire industry employs nearly 300,000 people in the UK and whilst driving a taxi for a living isn’t easy work, it’s definitely worth considering if you have the kind of skill set to fit the job.
Staying Focused on the Road
First thing’s first, doing any kind of driving work for a living means spending a lot of time on the road. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for most of this time is spent staring at the back of the vehicle in front of you while you sit idly in congested traffic. If this is something that bothers you in your personal life, you won’t be able to cut it in your professional life either. You’ll also be directly responsible for other people’s safety so it’s crucial that you’re able to stay focused on the road at all times.
Working with the Public
Not only are you driving long-hours, but you’re also doing it with members of the public. Since your busiest hours will by far be Friday and Saturday evenings, it’s fair to say that some of these individuals may not be in their best frame of minds either. If you’re not a people person, then being a taxi driver isn’t for you. A lot of your additional income will be made up with tips you receive along the way, so having an easy-going and friendly personality will go a long way with this.
Know Your Emergency Procedures
Finally, a lot of your time on the job will spent alone, often late at night and in potentially isolated areas. This makes you a target for criminals, so make sure that you keep your cash hidden at all times. Don’t wear any kinds of expensive watches or jewellery that could attract attention either. Each taxi firm has their own set of rules about what to do in an emergency while each vehicle also comes equipped with several emergency buttons too. Make sure you’re aware of the proper protocol from the start and check that all of your equipment is working each night before you set off.