Everyone knows itâ€™s polite to open the car door for your date â€” and we hope that everyone knows itâ€™s a nice touch when women remember to do this, too. But what happens if you live in a city where youâ€™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 hereâ€™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 â€śIâ€™ll get in the other sideâ€ť to avoid any confusion â€” or simply get in the backseat first and scoot across. (People who donâ€™t read this column may think youâ€™re being rude, of course, so you might want to explain yourself the first time you do this.)
If youâ€™re lucky enough to be treated to some proper taxicab etiquette, itâ€™s a nice gesture to lean over and open your dateâ€™s door from the inside. Consider it the urban equivalent of unlocking the driverâ€™s side door after youâ€™ve been helped into the passenger seat.
Need a reason to practice good taxi manners?Â Because youâ€™re more likely to get lucky once youâ€™re inside the cab if you do. But getting busy has its own code of etiquette, too. We think limiting yourself to some sneaky handwork is the decent thing to do; unless, perhaps, one of you is already lying down resting your head in your partnerâ€™s lap.
Make no mistake, the cabbie totally knows what youâ€™re up to. (But isnâ€™t that kind of the point?) For something a little more full-on, consider renting a limo with a privacy screen instead â€” itâ€™d be just like prom night but without all the teen drama and bad hairdos.
However busy you get, the most important rule of etiquette is this: Tip your driver!