Three Etiquette Rules For Limo Transportation

Posted on: 17 February 2016

It's exciting to be invited to get together with your friends for a night out -- and doubly exciting when you learn you'll be traveling in a limo for the evening. Despite what you might occasionally see in movies, however, limo transportation isn't an opportunity to misbehave. Whether you're new to this method of transportation or you just haven't found yourself in a limo for several years, it's important to spend a little time brushing up on the way to behave -- and the way not to behave -- once you climb into the vehicle for your night out. Here are three rules to follow.

Give The Guest Of Honor The "Power Seat"

Every seat inside a limo is comfortable, but there's one should always be reserved for the guest of honor in your group. The seat on the passenger side of the vehicle that faces forward and is positioned directly next to the door that the driver opens is often known as the "power seat." Think of movies and TV shows -- the important business figure or celebrity is always in this seat before climbing out. If there's a person celebrating a birthday or someone else who's being honored in your group, it's proper etiquette to leave this seat for him or her.

Don't Be The Doorman Yourself

One of the limo driver's responsibilities is to open and close the vehicle's passenger door. Even if you're anxious to get into the limo when it's parked or climb out after reaching your destination, don't handle the door yourself. This is considered an etiquette miscue and might be seen as encroaching on one of the driver's responsibilities. Take a breath and wait -- the driver will grab the door for you soon enough.

Carry Small Bills For Tipping

It's common for limo passengers to put together some cash to tip the driver at the end of the evening. This tip should be between 10 and 15 percent of the rental fee, but you're unlikely to know this information if you've been invited to join the group. As such, the best strategy is to make sure you have several different small bills handy to help contribute to the tip when you're asked. If you're going out to a series of bars, for example, make sure to avoid spending all your cash. It's an etiquette no-no to be out of cash when it's time to put together the tip.