Sunday, April 23, 2006

Best Way to Get There? Got Me.

Most cabbies just head off when I give them the address I'm going to. But once and a while I'll get one who asks what the best way is to go. I usually say the same thing, "I have no idea what the traffic is like now, nor where new construction is." I don't have a car, I don't drive through the city on any regular basis. Cab drivers, on the other hand, are out there on the streets. Why would they want to substitute my direction sense for theirs?

I know there's all those scenes in movies with folks in NY cabs giving directions to drivers, but that's not me. I can't imagine someone wanting me to be a back seat driver. I'd rather read my paper or work or listen to the radio or talk to the driver than shout out directions the whole way along.


At 3:33 PM, Blogger wil said...

I do ask a variant.

"You want to go the 'fast' way or the 'cheap' way?"

Fares in Wailea wanting to go into Kihei have a choice of two routes.

Kihei Road, which hugs the shoreline, is a two-lane street. It is also where the majority of commercial businesses are located. It sometimes takes 40 minutes to travel 4 miles.

Piilani Highway runs along the east edge of town, up the hill. It is a four lane road. The added cost is having to go up the hill and back down it to reach a destination.

Mileage = $$$$

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Mad Cabbie said...

Your correct response should be "Take the x and x route,thats how most cab drivers take me..." since you ride cabs everyday you should know these things. Why are you being so difficult? Maybe he is a rookie driver, Why not help him out. Remember your first job, the first day? Think about how nerveous you were.If you think its too much work to give direction to a driver, why don't you call one of those old gizzers at Diamond, they know every pothole and crackhead in town by name.You have to be 90 years old to drive for that company, thats another story.


At 12:27 PM, Blogger Mad Cabbie said...

Will, the fares in DC is set up by a zone system, I can take you 4 blocks and charge $8.80 and also I can drive you 23 blocks and charge only $6.50. It depends on where they flag the cab. So in DC it doesn't matter which way you go the fare is the same.Your ass could sit in traffic and getting high from those metro bus fumes,you still charge the same fare and try to d-tox yourself.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Turner Mitteron said...

When ever I'm not sure how to get to an adress I ask "which way would you like to go" Usually it gives me enough info to get them there.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger DC Cab Rider said...

Why am I being so difficult dctaxistories guy? That's difficult? I do take lots of cabs, and have noticed at least five different ways they drive me from work to home. I could sit there and outline each of the five? Or I could go by the answer I still think is best - the driver's the one who has been out there and knows what the traffic is doing right now. You know as well as I do that DC traffic is a moveable feast. A protest here, construction there, accident over there. What could be the best way on Tuesday is bumper to bumper on Wednesday.

Wil - I like your answer. As a tourist I'd probably pick the scenic road. As a resident, the cheapest.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger 3dub said...

Well DC cabrider the quickest way is best for both of you. No offense but the quicker we get you there the better for both of us.


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