Hello, my sweet darlings!
If you live in a big city or find yourself traveling to one, then the chances are quite high that you will find yourself taking a taxi cab, or "taxi"!
Although those who live in big cities or find themselves in them quite often are very comfortable with the idea of taking these cute little yellow cars, unknown to many, there is actually a specific form of etiquette associated -- and a *lady* should know how to take a taxi with elegance and manners.
First of all, one of the things that even some of the most *well-mannered ladies* forget is to treat the driver like a human being. Like Jackie Kennedy did, it's important to take the time to ask the driver about his day at the beginning of the ride.
For safety issues, it's important to never enter a taxi unless the driver has proper identification.
If you ever have a taxi driver who knows only a little English, be patient with him and try to communicate with him slowly, in well-modulated tones, using as simple language as possible.
If your taxi driver tries to strike up a conversation and you don't want to talk, simple one-syllable replies ("yes" or "no") can usually discourage him.
Always remember, darling, that a taxi driver is able to see and hear almost everything that goes on in the backseat, so behave accordingly. *smile* Remember when talking on your cellphone, as well, that you are not alone!
If you see a taxi coming down the street and you hail it and another one pulls up first, don't jump into it -- jump into the one that you hailed.
Never go after a taxi that someone else has hailed.
If you hail a taxi at the same time as another person, it's most ladylike to let them have it. :-)
If you feel that the driver is taking a different or roundabout route, ask him politely why he chose that route (there might be road work he'd like to avoid).
You should never eat or drink in a taxi, as you might spill something on the seat or floor.
Don't toss any trash on the floor -- take it with you.
If you the driver asks you not to smoke, respect his wishes (although I can't imagine any of my lovely readers smoking!). If he's smoking, you can ask him not to as well. *smile*
If the radio is turned on too loud for you to be comfortable, you can speak up. You can also speak up if the driver is driving too fast or recklessly for you to feel safe.
Give the driver sufficient warning as to which side of the street you want him to drop you off on -- remember to get out only on the curb side.
It's ladylike courtesy to tip your cab driver -- the usual tip is 15 - 20% of the total fare, but you can tip less if the driver is rude.
Well, sweet reader, that's all for my article "Taxi Cab Etiquette" -- I hope it helps you at some point! :-)
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