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Three Things To Know About Tipping Your Chauffeur

by Krin Murphy

When you want to add class to any type of outing, calling a transportation company is your first step. Depending on the nature of the event and the size of your group, a town car, limo or limo bus can accommodate your needs, get you to and from your destination safely and take the stress out of travel. While you'll find yourself kicking back and relaxing once you're in the vehicle, don't make the mistake of forgetting to tip. Tipping your chauffeur at the end of the ride is the best way to show your group's gratitude and an important element of travel-related etiquette. If you're new to this form of travel, here are three things to know.

The Suggested Guideline

The suggested guideline for tipping your chauffeur is to give between 10 and 15 percent of the cost of the bill. When you know this guideline in advance, it should prompt you to do two things -- you need to know the exact price of the rental agreement, so make sure to confirm this number before the vehicle arrives. Also, you'll need to be carrying enough cash to be able to tip within this range or slightly beyond it if the chauffeur goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The Tip-Influencing Factors

Don't be so caught up in having a good time on the ride to your destination that you're not making a point to evaluate the driver's performance. Doing so can help you decide the exact percentage of tip that you feel is appropriate. You can evaluate things such as the overall comfort of the drive -- notice whether the chauffeur brakes and accelerates smoothly, takes corners at a suitable speed and, in general, makes you feel safe while you're traveling. You can also note the nature of your interactions with the chauffeur. Is he or she friendly? Does the chauffeur provide added value by suggesting places that you might want to visit or pulling over and taking a group photo if requested?

The Tipping Approach

When it comes to tipping, you have the option of paying the tip yourself if you rented the vehicle or taking up a collection from the members of your group. The latter is ideal if you're splitting the rental fee among yourselves. Be sure to remind each person in your group to travel with some cash so that you'll be able to collect the right amount of money from each person at the end of the trip.