Have You Ever Taken a Scary Taxi Ride?

       I don’t mean a haunted house kind of scary, I mean a ride during which you feared for your life.  When I was in New Delhi, India about 10 years ago for a meeting, I had the opportunity to have a driver take some colleagues and me to some of the local sights.  While we were not in a taxi, we were surrounded by them.  And I think taxi is a misnomer; they’re more like golf carts with afterburners, and weave through the traffic, beeping their horns almost continuously.  I later discovered that’s the way they inform other drivers of their location, which often can be immediately behind you or hidden in a blind spot.  After several what I thought were near-collisions, I vowed that I would never take a ride in a taxi in India. 

       Then I recently saw the results of a survey in USA Today which validated my fears.  Readers were asked, “Which city has the scariest taxis?”  The top responses were:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mexico City 
  3. Bangkok
  4. New York
  5. São Paulo.

       I’ve never been to Bangkok, but after seeing taxis New Delhi and Mexico City, I agree completely with the first two and the large gap ahead of the others.  But I’ve never considered New York City’s taxis to be scary.  Of course, many people don’t think as I do, that you haven’t lived until you’ve driven in New York…  

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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