If you are thinking of getting a ride with Lyft, you may be wondering if Lyft drivers know when you tip them. Or if you have to tip them, and if so, how much?
This can be important to know so that you can be prepared when getting a ride with Lyft. to find out more about how tipping works on Lyft, keep reading.
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Do Lyft Drivers Know If a Passenger Tips Them?
Lyft drivers will not know whether or not you have tipped them until after the ride has ended and you have left your rating. This is done this way to protect you as the passenger and avoid any uncomfortable conflict during your ride.
If you want to, you could also tip your Lyft driver in cash after getting to your destination. This is not prohibited by Lyft and is usually appreciated by the driver.
If you do not wish to tip with cash but still want to leave a tip, you can do this through the Lyft app. It will then be taken from your card and submitted to the driver once you have reached your destination and left a rating.
This makes the transaction safe and comfortable for everyone involved and protects your identity. This way, none of the drivers will know what you have tipped them or if you tipped them at all until after the drive.
If you do not wish to tip your driver, you do not have to do so. This is not a requirement from Lyft, though it does encourage passengers to leave at least a small tip for their driver.
Do Lyft Drivers Know Who Tipped Them?
In order to protect the identity of the passengers, Lyft does not show drivers where their tips come from. They also cannot guess who tipped them as they do not see the tipped amounts individually.
Their tips will be combined into their earnings that they have made so far so that they cannot guess as to who tipped them or not. This is mostly done to protect the identity of the passengers.
Hiding the identity of who tipped the drivers also helps to avoid having non-tipping passengers avoided. This might otherwise happen if drivers knew who tipped and who didn’t.
This could result in all drivers declining rides to that one passenger, which is not something that Lyft wants happening. This system protects the tippers identity and avoids having drivers play favorites.
So when you tip your driver, you can rest easy knowing that they will not know where that tip is coming from. Unless you decide to tip them in cash, of course.
How Much Should You Tip Lyft Drivers?
The general rule of thumb for tipping Lyft drivers is to tip 15% of the total fayre amount that you are paying. This roughly comes to tipping $5 for every $15 you spend on that trip.
If your trip is under $10, it is reasonable to only tip a dollar or two since it is a cheap trip to make. This helps to at least show your appreciation to your driver for doing their job correctly and getting you to your destination.
If your driver is exceptionally nice, professional, and quick, it would be nice to leave a larger tip. Though tipping is not required, it is generally expected by the driver as well as Lyft.
It is considered good manners to tip the driver, especially since they do not earn the whole amount that you pay. Just because your trip cost $30, does not mean that is what the driver is earning.
Out of $30, your driver is most likely only getting $16 to $17 of that amount for their efforts. That is why tipping is encouraged to help them earn a better hourly wage after Lyft has taken its share out of their earnings.
Will a Lyft Driver Know If I Tip?
A Lyft driver will not know if you have tipped them until after you have left a rating and your trip has been completed. Even then, they will not be able to see who tipped them what amount after the fact.
A driver’s tips are automatically added to what they have earned so far, so they cannot see their individual tips per passenger. This protects your identity and avoids having drivers avoid bad tippers.
Which is an issue that would occur if drivers could see who tipped well and who didn’t.
Hiding the identity of the tipper also protects them from any discomfort or conflict during their drive. As well as if they ever take another Lyft ride with that same driver.
You can rest easy knowing that none of your Lyft drivers have any idea how much you have tipped them. Especially not before your trip has been completed.
If you wish to, you can tip your driver in cash, but that isn’t necessary if you wish to remain private about tipping. You can tip on the Lyft app, and it will be taken from your card and transferred to the driver.
This creates a safe and easy way for passengers to tip their drivers without fear of their identity being known. This also allows passengers to not tip without retaliation from any of the drivers.
Though it is strongly encouraged that passengers tip the drivers out of politeness as well as to help them earn more per hour. This tipping amount should preferably be at least 15% of your total fare cost.