Read below for Inverness Taxis’ Top 5 tips on how to stay safe on your Christmas night out in Inverness.
Christmas time should be filled with good company, good parties, and having a good time. Celebrating Christmas with friends, family and colleagues in one of the many great venues across the city has been a feature of this time of year that has been missing since COVID struck last year. Now we can catch up with our nearest and dearest and have fun at a local Inverness pub, club, hotel or restaurant and celebrate the people you love.
As you step into town with your glad rags on and thoughts of the great night ahead, spare a thought for safety measures you should be taking on your night out to ensure it doesn’t end badly.
Inverness Taxis has put together our top 5 tips on how to stay safe on your Christmas night out in Inverness, so you can be sure this Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons.
1. Get A Taxi or Arrange for A Lift
When travelling at night in and out of Inverness city centre it is worth either getting a lift from someone you know and trust or booking a licensed Inverness Taxi to make sure you get to and from your destination safe and sound. Not only are you sidestepping the weather by not walking, or the possibility of running into someone that may wish you and your possessions harm, you’re also far less likely to be exposed to COVID. In a car with friends or in an Inverness cab you can be sure your fellow passengers and driver are taking precautions to not spread the virus – the same cannot be said if you use public transport like the bus. If you do travel by bus, be sure to sit on the lower deck in view of the driver with your mask on and near an open window.
2. Always Book Your Inverness Taxi to Stay Safe on Your Christmas Night Out in Inverness
Booking a taxi means you know it will have a reputable and reliable driver. Don’t be tempted to get into an unlicensed taxi for a quicker ride home from the rank. The risks of getting into an unknown vehicle are huge both for your safety and for any kind of Covid security.
Pre-booking your taxi into Inverness and then home again will ensure you won’t have to wait in an unsecured location or in who-knows-what kind of weather for your lift home. It has been well documented that many towns and cities are suffering from a lack of taxi drivers since COVID. Inverness is no different. This lack of drivers will see queues at taxi ranks increase. And the wait time for taxis home increase significantly compared to last year.
You can pre-book your taxi either by calling Inverness Taxis on 01463 222222. Or by downloading the handy Inverness Taxis app.
3. Safety in numbers
When you’re out try to remain close to people that you know well This will reduce the risk of you being targeted by people who might want to victimise or attack you in some way.
4. Drink in moderation & watch your drink
Having a drink on a night out invariably leads to more than one wee drink. But for safety try and stay in control when drinking alcohol. Be mindful of your limits and don’t push beyond them and be left vulnerable.
There have also been many reports lately of spiking being on the rise in clubs and pubs. So keep a close eye on your drinks and NEVER leave them unattended at any point. Many venues offer drink covers, but if you can’t get one and aren’t able to take your drink with you, leave it with a trusted friend. A spiked drink can ruin more than just your 5. Stay in well-lit areas and Stay Safe on your Christmas Night Out in Inverness.
5. Stay in well-lit areas and Stay Safe on Your Christmas Night Out in Inverness
If you don’t get a taxi, stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of people around. People are far less likely to commit crime if there is good lighting, CCTV and people around to see what is happening.
Know your route home and stay within sight of other people and in good lighting. Never take shortcuts, especially down dark alleys, past canals, or through abandoned places.
Above all, have a great time this Christmas and don’t forget that Inverness Taxis is here for all of your Inverness taxi needs.