"I've found that New York cab drivers are some of the best storytellers -- a simple 'hello' can get them going.
"Some don't want to be bothered, but most enjoy sharing their adventures, whether it be about celebrity passengers or their lives in a foreign country you dream of visiting."
View from the front
Dixit raises a good point. What's the view from the front seat?
"You know, 99% of people are as nice as pie," says Steve McNamara, general secretary of the British Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, himself behind the wheel of a London cab for 30 years. (Another, global survey, it should be said, has consistently rated London's legendary black taxis the best in the world.)
"Cab driving restores your faith in humanity. It can be trying when people say, 'I'm staying at the hotel with the green door.' Don't you know there are 8,000 hotels in London?
"And you get obnoxious people who've been drinking -- but that's not as common as you might think.
"The 1% -- the loonies -- can be right wing, left wing, Christian or Muslim. Drivers always say, put 'em all together in an island in the Atlantic!"
Pull up here
We're getting out here.
In the comments section, share your stories of being charmed, amused or unexpectedly edified by the person by the wheel.
Or bored to death, humiliated or even ripped off.