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How Much to Tip Your Uber or Lyft Driver

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With the increased popularity of ride-hailing and ride-sharing services comes the question of tipping. How much should you tip an Uber or Lyft driver for a ride? Should you tip if the driver was rude or didn’t follow the route properly?

When it comes to tipping, you want to know precisely how much you need to tip your driver. We have answers to all your tipping-related questions below.

Why Should You Tip Your Uber or Lyft Driver?

When you take a ride through Uber or Lyft, you might think the rate alone is adequate, especially given the cost of the ride. However, the driver might be getting a very meager amount from the total fare. Here are some reasons why:

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Arden Clise, the author of Spinach in Your Boss’s Teeth and President of Clise Etiquette says, “The drivers don’t make much money to begin with… so tips help drivers to make a somewhat livable wage.”

If a ride’s fare is $30, you might think it’s sufficient for the distance you’re traveling. But the driver is not getting paid $30 – more like $15, and that’s before calculating their expenses. At that rate, it’s best if you compensate them through a tip.

When Should You Tip Your Uber or Lyft Driver?

Typically, you should tip on every ride you take. However, tipping becomes essential in the following situations.

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How Much Should You Tip Your Uber or Lyft Driver?

If you’re wondering how much to tip a Lyft driver, it’s similar to what you would be expected to tip at a hair salon, nail salon or restaurant.

Brett Helling, the owner of Ridester and a former Uber driver, says you should tip 10% to 20%, depending on how good the service was.

Meanwhile, Julia Boyd, an etiquette consultant, says you should tip 15% to 20% if the service is exceptional, 15% if it’s good and 10% if it’s average.

How to Tip an Uber Driver

Previously, you could only tip Uber drivers through cash, but now there’s an option for in-app tipping. There are two ways to tip your Uber drivers.

Cash

Cash tipping is the easiest and most preferred since you also get a chance to thank your driver in person for any extra mile – literally and figuratively – they may have gone for you.

In-app

You can also tip your driver through the app. When your trip ends, you will be asked to rate the driver. After rating, you will see an option to tip your driver. Uber says the tips go directly to the drivers.

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Even if you don’t tip right away, you can do it later. Uber allows you to tip your drivers up to 30 days from the day you took the ride.

How to Tip a Lyft Driver

You can tip your Lyft drivers in three ways:

Instantly

When the ride is over, you can choose an amount to tip and it will be reflected in the receipt along with the ride total.

Tip Later

If you want to tip later, go to the “Ride History” tab in your app and tap on “Tip driver.” This feature allows you to tip your driver up to 72 hours following the end of the ride.

However, if it has been more than 72 hours and the tipping option is no longer available in the app, you can select “Contact Support” from the app.

Then, tell Lyft the driver’s name, the date of the ride, the pick up and drop-off location, the amount you want to tip and the time of the ride. You can’t tip more than 200% of the ride cost or $50 through the app.

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Default Tipping

Lyft lets you select a default tipping amount for each ride through the “Set Default Tip” tab in the Settings menu. You can choose a certain percentage or a dollar amount that will be tipped on every ride you take. However, this feature is only available for iOS users.

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Cameron Cole contributed to the reporting for this article.