I read so many articles about tipping, some way off base.
So, here it goes from a drivers perspective.
20% or $1 mile from the restaurant which ever is greater. If you live outside the city no less than $1.25 per mile. Never tip less than $5 on a delivery order even if it is just across the street. Drivers frequently drive more than 5 miles to get to the restaurant to pick up an order.
"I live 17 miles from the restaurant I'm ordering from, I should tip $17 on a $20 order?"
Actually more like $21.25. I'll never understand why some apps have large delivery areas. A 17 mile order can easily take an hour or more and drive more than 30 miles.
|Delivery Pay||Tip||Total||Delivery Mileage||Actual Mileage||Time (Minutes)||Mileage Cost||Profit||Per Hour|
Let's break it down. I bought a new car in 2018. The chart below represents my average expenses if I have no major problems.
|Cost||Expected Miles||Cost Per Mile|
|Misc Maintenance/Unexpected Repairs||$12,000||200,000||0.060|
|Total Per Mile||0.419|
The average cost for me to drive is around $0.42 a mile.
Let me give you some real delivery stats. This was a few weeks ago when I decided not to reject any orders as an experiment. Needless to say I don't normally take half these orders. This does not include driving to and from the delivery area.
|Order||Delivery Pay||Tip||Total||Delivery Mileage||Actual Mileage||Time (Minutes)||Mileage Cost||Profit||Per Hour|
|Total Hours||Profit||Per Hour|
Normally I would have only accepted orders A, B, C, & F
You mean you wouldn't take that last order for $20.89?
Hell NO! I had to drive back to the city to get another order! In this case I didn't get another order and went home after sitting for 20 minutes.
When to tip more
- Dangerous weather
- Difficult deliveries
- More than 2 flights of stairs
- Walking more than 1/2 city block
- Construction Sites
- Delivering to secure installations
- Military Bases
- College Campus
- Corporate Campus
Don't tip less than $10. I'm serious, order extra meals you can reheat. Splurge on some deserts or alcoholic beverages.
Got extra hand sanitizer? Many areas have closed restrooms to drivers and therefor washing facilities. Even a 2-oz bottle is greatly appreciated!