Taxi Etiquette Abroad
In America, we always jump in the back seat of a taxi but in some countries, like Ireland and Australia, that’s not always how it’s done. I was recently in the back seat of a taxi in Ireland when I realized that I should have been sitting in the front seat. I apologized to the driver—“No worries!” he said—and he pulled over to the side of the road so I could jump in the front. Sitting in the front seat is a lot more social, and the views are way better from up there, anyway.
A good way to tell if you should sit in the front seat or not is to simply observe the locals or ask around. You can also quickly glance at the front passenger seat to see if the driver has their belongings on the seat. If he/she does, then sit in the back.
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