For many years, I have wanted to do a series on insights into everyday aspects of life in Senegal that we as outsiders may not fully comprehend. For each of these, I’ll be interviewing and asking questions and then passing on what they’ve said. For this first edition, here are a few things to consider the next time you’re bargaining for your taxi in Dakar.

Most drivers don’t own the vehicles they are driving. They rent them for about 10,000 CFA daily.

The vehicle’s owner usually pays for insurance and repairs over 5000 CFA.

Paying for fuel and repairs under 5000 CFA probably fall on the driver.

Drivers may spend up to 25,000 CFA daily in fuel.

After all is said and done, a driver may only take home a few thousand francs ($5-6) per day to meet the needs of his family.

More on this theme…

Upgrading the #taxidakar: That time I tried to find a taxi with seatbelts.

Taxi Driver 101: These are the guidelines taught at taxi school in Dakar. Don’t ask how I got my hands on their curriculum – it’s best you don’t know. Just trust me that this is what must be mastered before you can cruise the streets in something yellow, black and Arabic all over.

Taxi, taxi… hisss!: My tips for taking taxis in Dakar.