Chronicles of a Taxi Driver, Why are Taxi Cabs Yellow?

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In this part of the series “Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” the “why” question always comes up, “Why are Taxi Cabs Painted Yellow?” The iconic signature of a Taxi Cab around the world is yellow, and for at least two good reasons, #1 It is a distinguishable color for a taxi cab, a bright Yellow and … #2 Yellow stands out amongst all other colors, compared to black or brown cars.

Motorized taxicabs began to appear on the streets of major cities from the early 1900s. According to, the word Taxi traces to the early 20th century, when it appeared as a shortened version of “taximeter,” and “Cabby” being short form for a cab driver. A taximeter is a device that measures the cab’s mileage. Continue reading

Can Taxi Driving be a Rewarding Trade

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It’s not easy to be a Taxi driver, but it can be a fun and rewarding trade, well in another sense. Take for example a true story of a famous Photographer, taxi Driver from New York City, US.

Ryan Weideman was an ordinary typical young guy, unsure of how he’d pay the rent. His cab driver neighbor took Ryan with him on an exciting night of “Seeing New York City” through the eyes of a taxi driver.

As the story goes, Ryan was instantly hooked and quickly started working the night-shift.

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Is it illegal to turn back a speedometer?

car speedometer Is it possible to have a car speedometer ( actually the proper term is Odometer)  turned back to a lower number, but, why would you want to tamper with it anyway? We all know years ago it was common practice for shady corner car lots to turn the speedometers (odometer) back, you know, show a lower mileage on the car so they could get more money for the low miler.

Actually, it’s the “Odometer” they play with and not a car speedometer

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The story has it if you had over 100, 000 miles on your car it was considered, well not desirable for resale. So no matter how beautiful and well kept your vehicle was or is, the higher number on the odometer was the killer. In most cases, the used car salesman used that number to their advantage “we can’t pay that price for a high mile car.”  So in the end, the car lot got this well maintained and beautiful looking car with high miles for near nothing.  The salesman says what to do with this car, so spinning the car odometer back on this beautiful high miler was common practice. Continue reading