The etiquette of a taxi may not seem to be the most important-for example, you don't need it for dinner with a new in-laws-but for those who travel frequently, know what to do and what not to do, taxis are important. From knowing how many tips to pay to knowing what to do if you have a complaint, riding a taxi may require a thin line between reaching point A to point B or being asked to get off. Here are tips on how to act as a back seat driver.
Understanding costs : Different taxi companies can charge different rates, especially in different cities. A taxi in Boulder, Colorado may be relatively cheap, while a taxi in New York City may almost require you to drop your first child as a payment. For these reasons, it's a good idea to understand what to do before entering. Ask them how much they want, instead of just knocking down the taxi to the driver's destination address. They may not be able to give you the exact number-unless they have a uniform price-but they can easily give you an approximate figure. This will help you decide if you want to take a taxi or if you are willing to look for other transportation.
Request hourly charge : If you find that you need a taxi driver to take you everywhere [for example, from the airport to the hotel to the conference center], please ask for the hourly rate. Not only might hourly charges be cheaper, it can also save you the stress of keeping your meter running. If you need a taxi to wait for you when you enter the hotel and change cars, the hourly fee will save you the hassle of walking and you will not forget something when you run outside the door.
Don't be impatient : Congested taxis are frustrating, but it's not the taxi driver's fault. Being angry, frustrated, or angry and panting in the back seat doesn't solve the traffic jam. Along these lines, ask drivers if they can drive faster-when the cars around them are barely moving-and nothing will succeed except to yield you to others. Instead of controlling the taxi driver's patience when it cannot be controlled, control your situation: give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Don't forget to tip : Taxi drivers may be reluctant to spend this money; they will not roll or drive around the Department of Energy. Therefore, it is important to give them a decent tip; the money they make in tipping may account for a large portion of their total salary. It is usually best to tip the taxi driver to the waiter: 15% to 20% of the total cost. If the taxi driver is particularly good-for example, if he took a short cut to take you to an emergency meeting-then tip him. If he is rude or slower in the absence of crowds, don't feel inward when you give him less tips.
Write information : Whenever you take a taxi, it is best to write down the relevant information: taxi driver's name, taxi number, route time, date and destination. This will not only help you if you have a complaint about your service, but it will also help you return items if you happen to have something left. Call a taxi company and say that all you know is that the taxi is yellow, and it may get you nothing.