World's Scariest Taxi Rides
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.