|Taxi near our house|
|R in a taxi: she loves holding on to the railing|
Taxis are the most convenient, and the one we use almost exclusively. Little R has ridden in hundreds of taxis (we average at least two rides/day); she only rides in a private car when we are visiting the US. All these trips have been made without a child safety seat (which are almost never used here), as they are not required in taxis.
Taxis are invariably extremely clean, and the drivers always use the meter (and observe other regulations, like not smoking in the taxi, or stopping at red lights: quite a contrast from China.). Due to legal requirements, they must be Singaporean citizens, which provides a strange contrast to the typical taxi driver in the US. They all speak English, but frequently will ask for directions. Sometimes they don't know the way, sometimes they want to avoid the mental pressure of picking the route: I find this tendency intensely annoying in either case.
Taxis are easy to find outside of peak hours. During peak hours (6-7 in the evening, for example), it can be almost impossible to find one. This causes many complaints from Singaporeans, because so many people depend on taxis to get around, but remains a problem regardless. My solution is to try to avoid going anywhere during these times (possible since I have a very flexible schedule).
I hate driving, so taking a taxi everywhere is actually a big plus about living here. For car aficionados, though, Singapore could be a rough place!