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World's Scariest Taxi Rides
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World's Scariest Taxi Rides

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Breakneck rides through traffic, self-destructing vehicles, even drivers-turned-kidnappers. And they all still want a tip, too.

Seoul

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Sure, GPS units can help a driver from getting lost, but some cabbies have rigged the screens to broadcast television instead, which is no doubt a lot more fun to watch than the road. The city had declared this practice illegal last year, setting a fine of  $500 on such drivers, but a higher court overturned the rule. Local police say watching these devices led to 200 accidents in 2008, injuring more than 350 people.

A Better Ride: At Seoul’s Westin Chosun, staffers recommend that guests avoid the cheaper white cabs and opt for the nicer black cabs that tend to wait outside hotels. Orange cabs, meanwhile, are less prevalent, but are more likely to have English-speaking drivers—all the better for asking that they not watch soap operas during your ride.

World's Scariest Taxi Rides

Seoul

Sure, GPS units can help a driver from getting lost, but some cabbies have rigged the screens to broadcast television instead, which is no doubt a lot more fun to watch than the road. The city had declared this practice illegal last year, setting a fine of  $500 on such drivers, but a higher court overturned the rule. Local police say watching these devices led to 200 accidents in 2008, injuring more than 350 people.

A Better Ride: At Seoul’s Westin Chosun, staffers recommend that guests avoid the cheaper white cabs and opt for the nicer black cabs that tend to wait outside hotels. Orange cabs, meanwhile, are less prevalent, but are more likely to have English-speaking drivers—all the better for asking that they not watch soap operas during your ride.

Frank Kletschkus/Alamy
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