Stan shares his story about being a pedicab operator around a popular tourist destination in San Francisco. Stan talks about how he got onto this career path after taking a break from his job in architectural design. He says that in this career he's making about the same amount of money and it's a lot more fun. Stan adds that this is a great college job because you can set your own hours, and it keeps you fit.
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs drive people to and from the places they need to go, such as homes, workplaces, airports, and shopping centers. They must know their way around a city to take both residents and visitors to their destinations.
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs must stay alert and monitor the conditions of the road. They have to take precautions to ensure their passengers safety, especially in heavy traffic or bad weather. They must also follow all vehicle-for-hire or livery regulations, such as where they can pick up passengers and how much they can charge.
Good drivers are familiar with the streets in the areas they serve. They choose the most efficient routes, considering the traffic at that time of day. They know where the most frequently requested destinations are, such as airports, train stations, convention centers, hotels, and other points of interest. They also know where to find fire and police stations and hospitals in case of an emergency.
1-2 weeks of training is standard.
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