Among transportation services, taxis offer the most convenient way since it allows you to enjoy your space and get comfortable as the driver takes you right to your destination. However, despite comfort, you must still be mindful of the things that you do during the ride to avoid endangering yourself and your cab driver. Here are a few tips that you can follow for your next cab ride:
Don’t leave the driver waiting
For a taxi driver, every second counts and they can’t waste it idly waiting for you to come out of your meeting place. You need to respect their time and arrive right on schedule. If you really need to do something, inform your driver first then do it quickly.
As much as possible, we advise finalizing your preparations fifteen minutes before your cab is set to arrive. Be sure to show that you value their time and they will do the same for you.
Don’t be a backseat driver
This is one of the most grating things in the world. Never tell a driver how to drive. They have been doing this for years and it would be distracting if you keep shouting orders from the backseat as they steer the wheel.
If you have any concerns about the routes or speed, try to ask your driver politely and never use a dehumanizing tone on them. In most cases, we recommend just sitting back and enjoying the ride.
Don’t overshare too personal details
It is inevitable to want to make small talks while in traffic. Moreover, it is nice to feel close with your driver. However, you should also keep in mind that they are still strangers and you should withhold information when it is unnecessary.
Avoid sharing personal details about your life to avoid making your driver uncomfortable. Similarly, avoid asking your driver about any personal details.
Don’t open the door recklessly
Be careful of opening the door since every damage would reflect on the driver as well. Moreover, you could endanger someone else outside of the vehicle too if you act recklessly in handling the door. You can trip a cyclist or hit a passerby so be careful at all times.
Don’t eat or drink in the car
Again, treat a cab like you would with your own car. Don’t eat and drink inside, especially without asking the driver first. Keep in mind that you are in a moving vehicle so you might make a mess inside if you push through with eating.
Don’t forget to tip
Show your driver that you appreciate them by tipping! We recommend giving tips at least 15% to 20% of your fare, especially if a driver went out of their way to help you and assist you with your luggage. Always remember to thank your driver for a job well down and wish them well on their next trip.