Taxi Cab Etiquette - The Do's and Don'ts of Back Seat Driving

Following certain etiquettes while using a yellow cab may not seem important but it can make a huge difference in your travel experience as well as the experience of the driver. Understanding what to do and what not to do is extremely important. From knowing exactly how much you should tip to filing a complaint against a driver.

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Here are a few etiquettes you must always follow:

1.Knowing the cost: Different providers ask for different rates, even if they operate in the same city. Some may offer vehicles that are relatively cheap while others may charge more than the market rate. For such reasons, it's always a good idea to know how much you will have to pay before getting into it. Rather than stopping a cab and driving to your location, ask the driver how much it will cost you. While he/she may not be able to give you the exact figure but they will be able to give you a ballpark figure, if they do not have flat rates. This can help you in deciding whether  you still need a yellow cab or would rather take some other transportation.

2. Never get impatient: Too much traffic is not the fault of the driver, so do not take out your frustration on them. Getting anxious, irritable or angry while sitting in the car’s backseat is not going to help the situation or open up the jam. Also, do not pressurize the driver to go faster when the cars around are hardly moving. This is pointless and will only make you come across as unreasonable. Rather than showing impatience with the driver over situations that are beyond their control, try to control your own situations.

3. Never forget to tip: Driving a cab all day long is a tough job. Therefore, it is always a good idea to tip the driver. Tip them if you can. A little generosity from you can go a long way in boosting their morale. Normally, you can tip a taxi driver what you may tip a waitress or a waiter: approximately 15 to 20 percent of the bill. In circumstances when the driver was extremely good then you can even tip them a little more than usual. If the driver was rude or went extremely slow even when there was absolutely no traffic, then do not get pressured into tipping them too much.

4. Take down information: Every time you get into a taxi cab, it is good to write relative information down. This includes the driver's name, cab number, date, the time, and also the destination. This does not only help in case you have a complaint but may also help you track the cab if you accidentally leave something. If you call the cab company with no information, it will get you nowhere.

Make your cab journey a pleasant experience not only for yourself but also for your cab driver. There is nothing like reaching your destination with a peaceful mind.