Stories And Advice
WHEN SHOULD YOU TIP YOUR DRIVER
When I was Driving I remember pulling up to the pickup point and while the customer was signing the paperwork I asked if he wanted to add the tip to the credit card on file or use cash. He took a mild offense and said "don't worry about the tip"! I smiled politely and said "to be honest... that's all I am worried about right now"! He looked at me, laughed heartily and said "OK. I get it... where do I add the tip"!
Another time I asked about the tip while I was helping the customer load up mass quantities of beer and wine for the concert trip we were about to go on! He said "you just got here and you want your tip now?" Again I smiled and said "tips put drivers in a good mood like alcohol puts people in a good mood" The sooner you tip your driver the sooner they can get in a good mood and stop worrying about you NOT tipping him/her after 5 or 6 hours of good service. And believe me that happens sometimes so Drivers worry about it... your tip is a major part of their pay!
I know whenever a Customer tipped me right away I spent the rest of the night making sure I did everything possible to help them have a really good time.
HOW MUCH TO TIP
I recommend 15% minimum to 20% plus. Same as you would give a server in a restaurant.
A Party Bus Driver is both your Driver and helps you host your good time so they are a server.
Driving a party bus is not like driving a UBER or a truck full of boxes or a passenger bus where everyone sits quietly in their seat in between destination.
Party Buses are noisy environments where the participants generally get a little crazy and leave a lot of party debris in the bus in between destinations and at the end of the trip. It is your Driver that preps your bus at the yard and cleans up after you leave the bus so I recommend tipping them the same as you would in an upscale restaurant... 15% should be the minimum and 20% is the industry standard.