What is proper Uber or Lyft protocol? Does a rider get in the back seat or the front seat?
Outside my office building last night, I spied a gentleman clearly waiting for a ride. A new-ish white car pulled up, the gentleman got into the back seat, and then I noticed the LYFT sign on the car’s windshield.
And that made me think of my Lyft day a few weeks ago when the Kia dealership arranged Lyft drivers to take me to and from work that day. When the first car pulled up, I automatically just got in the front seat and started chatting about how this was my first Lyft ride. Lucky me! We had a nice conversation, but not once did my driver tell me “hey, lady, next time, sit in the back seat!” My return driver that night didn’t say anything to me either as I wedged myself into the front seat of his little car.
Okay Google, do you sit in the front or back of a Lyft?
In a 2015 Google entry, protocol stated that you should sit in the front seat if you want to talk. “Both Uber and Lyft welcome passengers to sit in the front seat next to the driver, but it’s not required. Also, you can sit in the back if you have a pet, at least in this three-year-old response. Uber and Lyft both allow pets, especially dogs, but the decision comes down to the driver.
Last year, a driver for both services shared that she’s happy to have riders sit in the front with her. Interestingly, she states that if a rider chooses to chill and not chat, it’s fine, but it makes the ride a bit longer if sitting in the front seat and not talking.
Another driver states: “I like to engage in conversations with my passengers, makes the ride more pleasant and quick. Some don’t talk, and when they’re texting, you can tell they’re preoccupied.”
Lastly, this driver does raise an unexpected predicament: “I’m 6’1” and 210 lbs. and I’m in pretty good shape. I’ve never had any problems with my passengers and so far a big NO to the question about anybody puking in the car.”
Who gets to clean up that mess?