Whether you rely on taking a taxi on a regular basis or if you only take a taxi cab every now and then when you are traveling, there are a few things that you should know about taxi cab tipping. Some people find tipping to be a bit of a sensitive subject, but if you remember these three things, then you should be able to determine the best tip for every situation.
1. It’s Not Mandatory
First of all, you should know that although tipping a taxi driver is something that is very common, it is not actually required. If you do not want to leave a tip for one reason or another, you do not have to. If a taxi driver ever makes you feel uncomfortable or tries to push you into leaving a tip, you do not have to do so. In fact, you can actually call the taxi authority in the city that you are in to report this type of behavior. Of course, just because you do not have to leave a tip does not mean that you shouldn’t, but it does mean that you should not have to feel forced into it.
2. Taxi Drivers Depend on Their Tips
Of course, even though you certainly do not have to tip your taxi driver, you should remember one thing: taxi drivers generally depend on their tips. Even though the way that taxi fares and taxi driver pay works varies from place to place and even from taxi company to taxi company, in general, many taxi drivers get a bulk of their income from the tips that are left by their customers. This is similar to how things work for many other tipped employees as well, such as those restaurant servers and bartenders. Therefore, you may want to keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to tip and how much you would like to leave as a tip for your taxi driver.
3. You Can Tip Based Off of Your Experience
Perhaps the most important thing that you should remember about tipping a taxi driver is the fact that you can — and probably should — tip based off of your own experience while in the taxi. In general, most people tip around 15 percent of the cab fare when tipping their taxi driver. Of course, you can leave more or less of a tip than this if you want to.
For example, if you feel that the taxi driver was a little bit rude or if you were otherwise unsatisfied with the service that he or she provided, you might choose to leave a little bit less than 15 percent in a tip. If you feel that the driver was very friendly and helpful, however, you may want to tip a little bit more to show your appreciation and to provide a little bit of a financial incentive to continue providing great service in the future.
You may also want to base your tip somewhat off of how easy or difficult the ride might have been for the driver. If you only needed a short drive with simple directions, for example, a small tip might still be enough. If your route was complicated, if you asked the driver to wait for you while you entered a business or handled another errand or if you needed help with carrying your bags, you may want to add an extra few dollars to the tip.
As you can see, there are a few things that you will want to remember when it comes to tipping taxi drivers. This can help you ensure that you leave a tip that both the driver and you will be happy with.