Taxicab date etiquette

It’s the little things, like good taxi etiquette, that’ll make your date remember you for all the right reasons.

Everyone knows it’s polite to open the car door for your date — and we hope that everyone knows it’s a nice touch when women remember to do this, too. But what happens if you live in a city where you’re more likely to take a cab? If you hold the cab door open, your date will be forced to scoot across the entire back seat to make room for you. Not so polite now, huh?

So here’s some taxicab etiquette for you: Open the door, close it behind your date, and then walk around the other side to get in. Note to slow walkers: Impatient taxi drivers and busy city streets may cause you to lose track of your date during this maneuver. In this case, either say “I’ll get in the other side” to avoid any confusion — or simply get in the backseat first and scoot across. (People who don’t read this column may think you’re being rude, of course, so you might want to explain yourself the first time you do this.) If you’re lucky enough to be treated to some proper taxicab etiquette, it’s a nice gesture to lean over and open your date’s door from the inside. Consider it the urban equivalent of unlocking the driver’s side door after you’ve been helped into the passenger seat.

However busy you get, the most important rule of etiquette is this: Tip your driver!

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