Driving is as American as apple pie. Driving the open highway is in our DNA.
But there are times when we need to be driven. In Florida, especially with our aging parents, we need to find alternatives when they no longer can drive themselves..
There usually comes a time when children have to sit down with their parents and talk about whether they should continue to drive themselves. This is never an easy discussion. Americans equate driving with individual freedom. Take our keys away and we become prisoners of our home, our local community.
As good as our public transportation system might be in Sarasota, it isn’t as convenient as it is in New York.
That is where a good taxi company can come in. You will want to check out the taxi service your parents and grandparents will be using. You will want one that has been in business for several years. It should have good ratings on all the major review sites. Call your parents’ and grandparents’ friends and find out who they use and what they think of the service.
Other factors to consider is how you can make reservations. Online? By phone? Email? Does it have 24-hour roadside service. Especially for your parents, will the driver and car be able to handle walkers and wheelchairs. You will also want to check out the payment options and the prices.
Depending on the municipality you live in you will want to make sure the cab company has all the licenses they need, as well as proper insurance and nationwide criminal background checks for drivers.
This due diligence is important because of the plethora of taxi-like services that are popping up everywhere. You want a reliable company with experience to take care of your parents and grandparents.
The rise of these competitors caught the taxi industry by surprise. Some of these companies have circumvented the licensing and regulations that many taxi companies are required to meet.
However, the challenge between traditional cab companies and their competitors often is the background checks on the drivers. In some cities with regulations, taxi companies have had to had a level 2 background check which checks for crimes nationwide. In contrast, companies that have not been regulated have been fighting against this requirement, as well as increased liability insurance.
As such, you should want to make sure your taxi service is properly insured and that their drivers have passed a nationwide background check.
Once you have chosen your taxi cab service, keep in contact with them and your parents or grandparents. Make sure they are arriving on time. Are they are courteous and responsible? Will they help your parents and grandparents in and out of the cab? Will they help with the groceries? The cab service can also take them to dinner when they want to go out.
Your parents and grandparents need to be taken care of, and hiring the right cab company will help make their lives easier, and keep them feeling independent in their golden years.