People aren’t always sure of the etiquette in cars and sometimes they test the driver’s patience, or the driver tests the passengers’ patience. Here are some rules suggested from sites around the internet…
Generally Good Advice
- You shouldn’t smoke or eat in another person’s car. (If you are the driver you shouldn’t eat or drink while you are driving.)
- Do not keep giving the driver instruction from the back seat.
- If you borrow someone else’s car make sure it is fully insured and then top off with gas before returning.
- You should pay attention even when you are not in motion, the lights may change suddenly or the traffic in front may alter quickly.
- It’s not a good idea to bang doors especially the trunk doors shut, just close them firmly. Speaking of doors, do not look into other people’s door compartments, it’s just nosy. Try to stay out of their glove compartment too.
- Do not use the climate controls without the driver’s permission. Many of them don’t like you touching the radio or music system either.
- You are allowed to move the seat but it’s best to move it back when you’ve finished the journey.
- Another source of complaint for drivers is touching the windows or leaving trash lying around so make sure you clear up after yourself.
It’s sounding as if most drivers are temperamental, but drivers are ultimately responsible for what happens in a car and knowing expectations ahead of time will help keep the peace.
Who Gets Shotgun?
Let the lady or the most senior member of the party sit in the front seat. Other people suggest that the guest should have the first choice. After that you should offer them the seatbelt. Most people do try to open the door for a lady and close it for them.
Because of the amount of legroom, it is best for a pregnant woman to sit on the back seat, though other etiquette experts suggest a couple always have to sit together. This may be interpreted as saying that a couple always want to sit together, but this is not always the case. Ultimately it is up to the driver to decide.
Children shouldn’t be allowed to sit on the front seat until they are 13 years old. 8–10-year-olds need a booster seats though it is dependent on their size.
If you are in an Uber it is best to travel in the back as it helps you to exit quicker, you can use either door. It’s possible to sit in the front seat in Ubers, but don’t feel obliged to do so. Lyft often invite passengers to sit up front as a way of differentiating themselves from Uber, but the practicality of sitting in back often trumps that.
Also, on the subject of Uber it’s hard to specify a female driver (presumably you can ask for one) for Uber and Lyft cars. With Safr you can.
Many people don’t know you can request more than one stop with Lyft or Uber by pressing the + sign after typing in the first destination. Remember though like a taxi waiting time will be added to the price of your journey.
A Couple Final Thoughts
If you are on the back seat with pets you should make sure they do not disturb the driver. There’s some logic here, no one wants the driver to lose control.
You should respect that sometimes the driver may need to concentrate at certain points in the journey and conversation needs to be kept to a minimum.
Most of this stuff is common sense, but maybe it’s worth reiterating as people forget. We are only human so give each other some grace.