Driving Tips

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How can I lower my taxi insurance?

We all look to make savings where we can and there are things you can do to reduce your taxi insurance.

But it is worth remembering that cheap taxi insurance doesn’t mean it’s the best policy for you.

How To Prepare Your Taxi For The Country Reopening

We’re almost there, folks. After 12 months of uncertainty, doom and gloom, the UK finally has a roadmap out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is going to start moving again VERY soon, and bringing with it much needed support and income to the taxi and private hire industry.

Patons Insurance are here to provide our top tips on ensuring YOU are fully prepared as the country reopens throughout 2021.

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Patons top 5 tips for driving in the dark

Whatever vehicle you drive, driving in the dark can be dangerous.

Whether it’s late at night or first thing in the morning, no matter how well you might think you know a particular road, junction or dual carriageway; at this time of year it will now pose a completely new set of challenges.

Coronavirus – Patons’ top tips for safer taxi travel

Since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, taxi and private-hire drivers, have provided an essential service transporting NHS staff, key workers, patients and the vulnerable.

As life starts to return to normal, and fares begin to pick up, at Patons we wanted to do all we could to keep you protected.

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Coronavirus – Patons top tips for keeping your cab clean

The restrictions we are all facing due to Coronavirus will be with us for a while, and whenever the Government recommends easing them, everyone will need to be prepared for what will be a ‘new normal’.

Reducing the spread and keeping passengers, as well as ourselves, safe is now a vital part of every driver’s job.

Patons top 5 tips for winter driving

Being a taxi driver during the winter months is a tough job.

With long dark nights, freezing temperatures and bad weather conditions, as well as busy roads, especially in the lead up to Christmas, its no wonder our vehicles and our driving is challenged.

Patons top tips for driving in heavy rain or flooding

The great British summer; one week it’s record high temperatures the next it’s a total wash out.

Flash flooding can happen any time and anywhere thanks to rain, blocked drains, damaged water mains, tides or burst river banks. Last year, the AA rescued almost 9,000 vehicles that had driven through or were stuck in floodwater, with an estimated insurance bill of more than £34 million.

Patons top 5 tips for summer driving

Driving a taxi in the summer is very different to being on the road in the depths of winter but it still has its challenges.

Roads are often busier, especially during school holidays, around airport approaches and popular tourist destinations. Also high temperatures can dramatically affect a vehicles performance as well as our own driving skills.

A Taxi Drivers Guide to Driving Safely in Wet Weather

Working as a taxi driver allows you a certain amount of freedom, but one thing you have no say over is the weather. Come rain or shine you need to be on the road, ferrying passengers from A to B easily and efficiently.

When the heavens decide to open, you still have to carry on, unless the weather gets so perilous that you have no other option than to stop.

The smart way to drive down your costs

It’s surprisingly simple to save money by adopting smarter and more fuel-efficient driving techniques.

With the potential to save up to one-third on your fuel costs, here’s eight ways to make your taxi driving more economical.

Get winter ready with Patons Taxi Insurance

It goes without saying that, as a taxi driver, your vehicle is your living. So, as winter starts to bite, here at Patons we thought we’d give you some advice to make sure you’re prepared for the colder days and darker nights of winter.

Many cars struggle in cold, frosty conditions, and breakdown callouts almost double during the winter months.

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Driving Licence – How to share your licence details

With effect from 08th June 2015, your driving licence counterpart will not be accepted by the DVLA therefore, any motoring offences will not be added to your counterpart.

As a result, any points and offences you may have received will be added to an online database and stored in an electronic format.