The art of the conversation during a taxi fare is usually one of awkward glances, pretend mobile phone texting, and meter-glances while dollar bills slip through your fingers and into the ether. That is, apart from intoxicated taxi trips. These, as you well know, are a completely different experience
The following drunken conversation starters will help you go from zero to hero, from awkward to legend, in the back seat stakes. Be sure to follow the list in order for maximum affect.
1. “Busy night?”
Drunkenly asking the driver about his night before going on and on (and on) about your own eventful evening shows him (or her) that you care- they might even be tempted to make a shortcut in your favour. If not- your attempts haven’t gone to waste, you’ve broken the ice (just incase that alcohol didn’t manage to crack it open itself).
2. “Do you come here often?”
Whether you say this with entire intoxicated sincerity, or you’re making a joke, this one liner is sure to get you a smile in the rear vision mirror. Don’t be disheartened if he or she turns up the radio at this point- their reluctance to join in is only natural.
3. “How about some Spice Girls?”
There’s nothing like the suggestion of some 90′s music to get your chauffeur to loosen up a little, and what better suggestion than the Spice Girls. Just by looking at the guy you can tell he still has a crush on Gerri (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t?).
4. “Pull into Maccas! We’ll get you some chips…”
This suggestion is often followed by the driver refusing – both to pull into the drive through, and to accept your kind hearted offer of hot chips. Don’t take his apprehensive approach too personally. Yes, he may actually hate (or be allergic to) hot chips, but you’re damn well drunk and you’ll give him those fries if it’s the last thing you do.