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How Much Should You Tip Uber and Lyft Drivers During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

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States across the country have implemented social distancing guidelines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, making public transit a less attractive option for some. If you don’t have your own wheels, Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services may be your best option.

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If you request a ride using Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare service, it’s customary to leave a tip. But during the coronavirus pandemic, be sure to go the extra mile.

“The standard tip is 15% to 20%,” said Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert, author of “Modern Etiquette for a Better Life” and founder of The Protocol School of Texas. “But when your budget allows, I would suggest offering 5% to 10% more, depending on your experience.”

That means if you’re charged a fee of $20 to travel to the grocery store, you should be tacking on a minimum of $3 with an additional $2 for a total of $25. According to Gottsman, the most important thing is to give extra when you can, but don’t empty your pockets when you can’t.

“You certainly don’t want to undertip, but every situation is different and your personal situation has a great deal to do with your final decision.”


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