It’s not every day that you and your friends take a trip across town in a limousine service — but statistics show that limousines are becoming more popular than ever. Recent figures show that there are more than 130,000 limousines currently operating across the United States, with the limousine company industry bringing in an astonishing $6 billion in revenue on average.
Beyond the big numbers, limousines are one of the most popular ways to embrace a little luxury on your way to a prom, wedding or other special occasion.
Whether it’s your first limo trip or your 50th, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself — and your party — of some of the essential etiquette in a limousine, your trip will be more enjoyable and relaxing for everyone.
Safety and seating
Limousines are luxurious and can often seem like you’re in a party lounge, not a car hire. Yet these are still moving vehicles where safety should be observed. When you enter the limo, be sure to sit down first and then slide over to your seat — it’s safer than walking to where you want to sit. The same goes for exiting the limo. If you’re wearing high heels, wait for the driver or someone in your party to help you exit the limo. And never stick your head through the sun roof!
Respecting the space
Alcohol is often present during limo rides, no matter the occasion. An important part of enjoying a few drinks on your journey is to avoid spilling your drinks or destroying any parts of the vehicle. In some cases, damaging the interior of a limo will result in extra fees you’ll have to pay later!
Tipping is always encouraged
When you hire a limousine company to take you from point A to point B, your limo driver is providing you with a service. And when people perform a service, whether it’s waiting on your table at a restaurant or a haircut, it’s typically expected that you pay them a tip. The same goes for limo drivers. As a general rule, paying a gratuity of 15 to 20% to your driver once your trip is over is a great way to thank them for their service.
Taking a limousine trip is the best way to travel in style and glamour — and when everyone in your group knows some of the basic etiquette guidelines of group transportation, the trip becomes that much more enjoyable.