Travelling, whether for business or pleasure, is simultaneously stressful and exciting. These emotions, combined with any new experiences you might be faced with, can make for an overwhelming trip. That’s why it’s a good idea to prepare yourself beforehand. For example, if you’re not used to renting taxis or limos, but plan to do so on your vacation, why not brush up on the etiquette that’s expected of you? Here’s what you should know.
Respect the Chauffeur
The golden rule of travelling by taxi or limo is always be respectful toward the chauffeur. Often, people blame their drivers for things outside of their control, such as being delayed due to traffic or bad weather. Your chauffeur will do his or her utmost to get you to your destination as quickly as possible, but their top priority is ensuring you arrive safely.
Respect the Vehicle
As a general rule, you should treat the taxi or limo you’ve rented with more care than you would your own vehicle. When it’s your own car, you might not mind getting crumbs from your morning muffin on the seats, or having a passenger put their feet up on the dashboard. While we want you to feel comfortable during your ride, we ask that you leave the vehicle in the state you found it.
How to Enter and Exit a Limo
Celebrities make getting in and out of a limo look easy and glamourous, but it’s surprisingly complicated. The first thing to know is that you should always wait for your driver to open the door for you. When entering the limo, sit in the first seat and swing your legs in. Then you can slide along to the other side to make room for your companions. To exit, simply reverse the process. It’s much classier than the technique you see many people executing, where they try to enter feet first and end up with their backsides in the air!
Tip Your Driver
Your driver is offering you a service, so, while it’s not required, it’s convention that you tip. Typically, it’s recommended that you give about 15 per cent of the fare. (Depending on the company you hire, however, the tip may already be included in the fare.)
In an extenuating circumstance in which you feel the service you received doesn’t warrant a tip, contact the rental company to explain the issue so that it can be rectified. Overall, tipping is a respectful gesture towards the chauffeur and is an important part of proper taxi and limo etiquette.
Hire an Executive Limo in Toronto
If you need a ride to or from a Toronto airport, AirFlight Services has a luxury fleet of vehicles ready and waiting to pick you up. We’re available 24/7, so don’t hesitate to contact us to book a ride!