Limo Passenger Dos and Don’ts

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For most of us, being a passenger in a limousine is not something we get to do every day. In reality, most people only get to enjoy the experience once or twice in a lifetime. The fact is, you may be unsure of how to act when you hire a limo, but that’s okay- I’m here to help you. I’ve created a simple list of limo etiquette dos and don’ts to help you get the most out of your VIP experience. That way, the journey is pleasant for both you and fellow passengers, as well as your chauffeur.


Do:

  • Plan ahead. As fun as it is to be spontaneous, it’s really important to have the stops on your route planned out ahead of time. If you want suggestions from your driver, ask him before the vehicle is moving.
  • Be prepared. Charge up your phone and save the limo driver’s number. Don’t forget to bring two printed copies of your itinerary with you on your ride. One for you, and one for your chauffeur. That way, the both of you are on the same page and know where you are going.
  • Give yourself enough time. Unfortunately, your driver can’t control traffic. Give yourself a buffer zone of time to get to and from your destination. You’ll be less stressed out that way and will be able to enjoy your journey.
  • Act responsibly. Be responsible both in and outside of the vehicle. That goes for every passenger. If a member of your party is acting in an unruly fashion, drop them off and tell them to take a cab. You’ll be held financially responsible for any damages that occur to the interior and exterior of the car, and receiving a bill full of hefty fines after such a wonderful experience can really spoil a positive memory.
  • Be polite and tip your driver. Don’t treat your driver rudely or indifferentlythat’s just bad manners.  An extra 20% tip on top of the rental price is considered pretty standard. Chauffeurs put in a lot of effort and take a lot of pride in making sure you have the best and safest experience possible, so please reward them for their hard work.

Don’t:

  • Stick your head through the moon-roof. I know you’ve seen it in the movies, but nobody smart does that in real life. It’s dangerous and distracting and most limo companies will probably fine you for it. Just keep all your limbs inside the vehicle and continue to behave like a normal person.
  • Overload your vehicle. Passenger maximums are there for a reason. Most limos can seat 10-16 people pretty comfortably, but don’t go and invite the whole neighborhood to take a spin around the block with you. Nothing will cramp your style like a cramped limo, I can assure you.
  • Don’t drink too much.  Having a driver is not an excuse to get really intoxicated. It’s okay if you have a little bit of a buzz going on, I want you to have a good time. But if you’re drunk enough to throw up in the vehicle, you’re going to get fined. Vomit isn’t fun for anyone, so keep it together.
  • Forget to enjoy the journey! Seriously. This is a special occasion and you deserve to feel like a million dollars. Stop worrying, sit back and trust your driver to get you there safely and in style.

 

By Johnny Meeke

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