A limousine or town car is an easy and efficient mode of transportation. Some might need a driver in order to do business while en route, and some might rent a driver so they can ride like a rock star. Whatever the case, I am all for it! Everyone should have a personal chauffeur if it can be afforded. Here are tips to assist you in “the road well traveled!”
- Request a car that is for non-smokers—unless, of course, you are a smoker.
- Make sure to find out the color, make, and model of the limo. Believe me, they might send a car that looks like it is pre-owned by Uncle Fester and the Addams Family.
- Determine how many people will be riding, and find out the cost of a sedan versus a limousine. A stretch can cost four times the amount of a town car.
- Allow the chauffeur or driver to open the door for you. Do not be tempted to open the door and get in or out on your own.
- Remember, the power seat in the limo is the curbside seat or the back right seat. This is the seat you always want to reserve for the VIP.
- Inform the driver in advance on who sits where and exact directions and stops being made during the trip.
- Be aware that the jump seat (the seat facing backward) is the junior executive seat, and is also considered the most uncomfortable seat.
- The back middle seat is the next most uncomfortable seat in the car. Do not allow the key person in your group to get stuck in this seat or the jump seat.
- Make sure that when you enter the limo (or any vehicle), sit down in the seat first, swing your legs in, and slide over if necessary. Do not step in first, causing your backside (rear end) to stick up in the air.
- Add 20 percent gratuity (for good service, of course!) for the driver, but always make sure the tip has not been added into the price automatically. When tipping your limo driver, make sure you have the tip ready prior to exiting the vehicle and concluding your trip. If possible, place the tip in an envelope so that it can be handed over as indiscreetly as possible.
- Refrain from requesting that the driver exceed the speed limit or do anything else illegal.
- When your ride has ended, it is important to make sure you leave the limo clean and in as good condition as when you entered. Basically, you should always treat the limo or town car as if it was your own car.
Joy Weaver is a renowned etiquette expert, speaker, and author of “Just Ask Joy… How to Be Socially Savvy in All Situations”—a book highly endorsed by Jean and Zig Ziglar. Joy represents designer Joseph Ribkoff and is a regular guest on ABC’s Good Morning Texas. Her clients vary in range from corporate giants such as Raytheon, Sprint and Balfour Construction to Junior Leagues and National Charity Leagues across the nation. Joy is nationally published and has been featured on ABC’s The View, in the Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and The Dallas Business Journal. Protocol Enterprises/Just Ask Joy is based in Dallas and has served clients across the country since 2000. You can follow Joy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SociallySavvy, www.allthingsrefined.blogspot.com, and learn more at www.justaskjoy.com.