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Cab drivers battle the elements, report busy winter
With loads of snow, poor roads, and low temperatures cab companies are on alert for stranded customers, and other vehicles. Brad Phenow reports.
The snow banks are high, the roads are covered in ice, and vehicles just don’t want to turn over. That’s when cab companies have to rise to the occasion. It has been a tough winter in the Northland but that doesn’t change the way cab companies operate.
Duluth Custom Cab dispatcher Tina Adams says the biggest challenge is getting to the customers.
“The last really bad snow storm we had, a lot of the main streets weren’t even plowed even in Duluth. If the roads not plowed, we can’t make it down the road.”
Will of Yellow Door Taxi in Duluth and Superior doesn’t want to use his full name. He says the cold and snow has made each day a challenge.
“Hoping the cars will start and not getting stuck really. That’s been one of the major challenges on the roads.”
Superior’s DJ Taxi owner George Lalonde says the visibility is a struggle.
“Trying to look over a lot of those snow banks is really, really hard to do. You have to inch up little by little and hope that nobody is coming”
Lalonde says that despite the poor weather conditions it’s been a good year.
“All in all in general we are way above what we have been in previous years.”
He says the cold has actually helped them.
“We’re running into a lot of people whose cars won’t start with the subzero temperatures.”
All three of the cab companies pulled their cabs off the roads during the last storm. Adams says it’s important for other drivers to be cautious.
“When it’s snowing the number one thing you need to pay attention to is your surrounding. Go slow, don’t drive like a maniac.”
Will says it’s important for other drivers to watch out for cab’s four-ways.
“Sometimes we can’t pull into driveways, we can’t get into alleys because the plows have stopped us from getting in there. Just watch for our four-ways.”
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