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The definitive guide to tipping your food delivery driver

The definitive guide to tipping your food delivery driver

Not all heroes wear capes. Some of the biggest heroes in our communities are the brave men and women out there fighting traffic, bad parking situations and braving the elements to make sure your food gets to you in perfect condition. These heroes are delivery drivers. And everyone should make sure they get shown the appreciation they deserve, so here is a quick rundown of the most important things to consider when tipping your next delivery driver.

The Delivery Standard Tip

Much like dining out, the standard for good service is 20% of your total bill or $5, whichever is more. Rounding up to the next whole dollar is always a good rule of thumb. If you are ordering an especially large order that will require extra trips or tests of strength by the driver, rounding up and extra 3%-5% is always a best practice.

Tipping in Bad Weather

Leaving the house in a rain or snowstorm is a pain. No one wants to do it and it’s times like these we should show some extra appreciation to our boys (or girls) in the trenches. Not only is traffic and parking worse in a storm but it is also a very busy day for food delivery. Show them a little extra love!

Tipping for Hotel/Complexes/Condo Deliveries

A delivery driver braving doormen, navigating through mazes of hallways and lugging food up stairs is a true test of strength and dedication. If you want your food delivered right to your door instead of meeting the delivery driver in the lobby, throw a little extra on top to show them some love.

Delivery Fees aren’t tips

Most delivery services and restaurants do not pass on the delivery fee to the driver. These delivery fees are used to cover overhead expenses. Make sure that the driver is getting the payout he deserves.