The concept of car pooling isn’t just environment-friendly, it’s also pocket friendly. Very pocket friendly, in fact.
And with the rise of Uber Pool and Ola Share, we’re only taking more and more shared rides with strangers. It’s not uncommon, however, to come across an idiot of the highest order during some of your trips. On a lot of your trips, actually.
Does it ever make you wonder if you’re being that idiotic ass***e to someone you’re sharing the ride with? Let’s face it, most of our fellow Indians do lack basic public courtesy. Are you too becoming one of them?
So, to make the ride a breeze for yourself and others around you, here are 5 simple car pooling ethics and etiquettes you must keep in mind when sharing a cab:
1. First stop first drop
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Uber has made the rules very clear in their ‘guidelines and rules’. People still, however, fight over who will get dropped first. This first ethic is simple–if the other person’s destination comes first, he/she WILL get dropped first. Simple. If you think the other person is not familiar with this rule, you must tell the driver to brief them about it, and if any further arguments persist, it is best not to reply at all.
The easiest way to handle passengers who are argumentative or rude is to simply say your ”ethical” point and not indulge in any further argument.
2. Do not eat in the car or dirty the cab
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General manners and basic ethics suggest that you must not eat anything while you are in the car, especially with strangers around. Particularly avoid smelly foods; if you are really hungry, it’s best to go for a clean snack like a fresh-bread sandwich that won’t make you drop crumbs all over.
Remember, you have decided to take the journey with other people and that means you cannot have it all your way. If your food is in wrappers, kindly collect them and keep them back in your bag and throw them when you find a dustbin.
3. Avoid being rude
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Avoid any kind of fight or small tiffs with the other passenger or the driver. This will unnecessarily make your journey a hassle. It is highly unethical to indulge in a fight with strangers anyway. You are here to share the cost of a journey, so do it respectfully.
Remember that if a passenger finds you rude and gets off a car, it is only YOU who will have to pay the full price of a journey. More importantly, avoid fights on topics like sitting in the front seat or any other position or even the choice of music.
Unless a person is respectful and wants to have a small conversation, it is best to avoid unnecessary conversation with other passengers. If you’re trying to win over something that goes against the rules, you’re not going to win the argument anyway, so don’t tire yourself out and ruin everyone’s mood.
If you have any extra request, ask calmly, if people refuse, simply stay quiet for the sake of your own peace.
4. Respond smartly to a rude person
The ethical way to deal with a rude person is to respond with a smart answer, politely. If they persist being rude, just remain quiet. You do not have to indulge in menial behaviour. Remember, you are a respectful human being and there is no need for you to stoop down to a rude person’s level.
5. Sit in a respectful posture
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Do not sit in a posture that might seem disrespectful to other people; it’s basic public decorum. Also make sure that you are not stretching your arms, legs so much that they are disturbing other passengers. If another passenger is sitting awkwardly, it is best to tell them kindly to change their position. Speaking in a polite manner will be useful for not just this, but many other issues you have with other people in life in general.