Limousines are elegant cars. There are numerous types of vehicles limo companies have in their fleets, but they all share some characteristics – an extended body, a partition between the passenger and driver compartments, luxurious interior and sophistication.

Today’s modern limousines come in designs like sedans, stretch limos, SUVs, motor coaches, vans and limo buses. Which one you will choose depends on the mileage, number of passengers, occasion, final destination, luggage, and amenities you would like to enjoy.

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Mercedes Limousine

There are limousines perfect for business trips, wedding days, or ones carrying up to a whopping 24 passengers excellent for long group travels or partying.

Today’s modern limousines come in designs like sedans, stretch limos, SUVs, motor coaches, vans and limo buses. Which one you will choose depends on the mileage, number of passengers, occasion, final destination, luggage, and amenities you would like to enjoy.

There are limousines perfect for business trips, wedding days, or ones carrying up to a whopping 24 passengers excellent for long group travels or partying.

People who hire a limo expect a different experience than just being transported from point A to point B. A regular taxi can serve this purpose very well. But, a limousine service is there to treat you like a VIP.

Limousines vs ordinary cabs

There are various reasons why people prefer to order a limo service rather than to hail an ordinary cab:

  • Safety: limo companies provide comfortable rides with guaranteed safety. Serious limousine services hire drivers that are certified for their excellent driving skills.
  • Drivers are helpful and courteous: limousine chauffeurs are well trained and educated not only in driving but also in communicating. Their dealing with the passengers is polite and respectful. They greet their passengers with a smile, open the door for them, help them with luggage, and make sure that their comfort is maintained throughout the ride.
  • Punctuality: with serious limo service company timing is never an issue, they promise customers timely pick up and manage time in a way that they face no issue even with heavy traffic.
  • Perfection: modern cars are all perfected to every bit which is why people love traveling in those perfect leather seats. Besides, they come with all the new technology which makes travel comfortable and interesting.
  • Spaciousness: when you are renting a limousine service, you are buying commodity and comfort. There is an extra leg room in sedans, and there are vehicles in which you can dance and fool around.

As you expect from a limo service and the chauffeur to respect you and to make your ride pleasant, it is also expected from you to behave in a proper and respectful manner.

There is something called limousine etiquette which passengers should take into consideration.

Limousine etiquette

1. Dress code

It is not necessary to wear business attire for a ride in a limo, however, you should dress neatly.

Dress in comfortable clothing that is clean, pressed and stain free, with no rips or other markings on it to make you appear like you don’t care about how you look. Dress in accordance with the occasion and you will be on point.

2. Know how to get in and out of the limousine

Getting in and out of such a luxurious vehicle should be graceful, which requires some practicing.

Limo service doesn’t consider the vehicle only, but the chauffeur falls under that service as well. He is there to open and close the door for you and not letting him do that is seen upon as rude.

When you get the door open, you should sit in the first empty seat you see and swing your legs in smoothly. Then, you can scoot over in the row to make room for others.

The last person to get in the car should always be the first one to get out of the car. Upon arrival at your destination, remain seated until your driver opens the door.

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Getting out from the limousine in style

3. Plan your trip in advance

Limousine companies are becoming more and more popular and on average there are about 100 trips every week. That’s a lot of passengers to satisfy and a lot of different routes to keep track of.

Therefore, you better make your reservation in advance online or via phone. You should provide the limo service with all detailed information: type of the vehicle you need, number of passengers, destination, all stops in between, and any special request if there is some.

This will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch and that no one will have to scramble at the last minute.

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Plan your time for the limo ride

4. Respect their time

Limousine services are well-known for their punctuality. Even if you ordered one to pick you up at the airport in a rush hour, your limo will be waiting for you right at the agreed time.  

So, they also expect from you to be punctual. It is a sign of respect. Anyway, most limo companies charge their services on an hourly rate, so every minute counts.

And though drivers usually know how to avoid heavy traffic, they cannot always control it, so give them and yourself enough time to get to your destination. You’ll be less stressed out and you will enjoy your journey more.

5. Be courteous

Be respectful and polite towards your limo driver and the company you hired at all times. No matter the occasion you are hiring the limo for, you and your fellow travelers should act like adults and watch your manners.

This means no screaming, no drug use, no fighting, and no other illegal acts. Don’t stick your head through the moon-roof either. You should also refrain from talking to the driver, cursing or engaging in anything that could be seen as offensive. And keep your feet off the seat, no matter how tempting it is to put them up.

You’ll be held responsible for any damages that occur to the interior and exterior of the car and receiving a bill full of hefty fines after such a wonderful experience can really spoil a positive memory.

6. Remember to tip

Some companies include the gratuity in your bill, but most of the time it isn’t. Though it is not quite necessary to tip the driver, rewarding him for his effort and pride in making sure you have the best and safest experience possible is desirable.

There is no ‘right’ amount to tip, but 15-20% on top of the rental price is considered pretty standard. However, you’re free to go above that amount for truly excellent service, we leave that up to you.

7. Mind your trash

Depending on the occasion, most limo companies allow passengers to bring their own food and drinks into the limo.

The law on the age of the passengers who are allowed to drink alcohol should be respected, of course, but it is nice to sip on some champagne on the way to your event.

However, remember to drink responsibly. Vomit on upholstery is a surefire to go from glamorous to awful in a heartbeat. You should leave absolutely no debris behind, either. 

Even though it’s easy to forget about trash disposal when you’re relaxing and having a good time, always remember to throw thrash away properly.

Every limo company will charge you every little inconvenience, like crumbs, scattered bottles or gum left in the carpet.

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