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An etiquette expert has revealed the exact phrases passengers should use if they want some peace and quiet while in a rideshare vehicle.
Susie Wilson, founder of a Melbourne-based finishing school, worked with rideshare app Ola to produce a guide on how to be the perfect passenger and diligent driver.
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And while it's important to exchange pleasantries as soon as you enter the vehicle, if you're looking for a silent ride there are ways to explain that with three key sentences.
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'Your rideshare journey is often a great time to just zone out and mindlessly browse your Instagram feed,' Ms Wilson said.
'If you're already sitting in the 'silent seat', which is directly behind the driver, but your chauffeur still isn't taking the hint, take decisive action and speak up.'
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She suggests saying 'I've had a crazy day, don't mind me but I'm just going to take a few minutes of quiet time to become human again'.
Alternatively you can try: 'So sorry, I'm going to tune out for a while so I can answer a few urgent work emails on my phone.'
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And if all else fails, just say 'I'm about to put my headphones on, do you need any help with where we're going before I do?'
As long as they are said without a sassy tone your driver shouldn't be offended by your desire for a quieter space.
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Speaking of the silent seat, if you're in the mood for a chat it's best to slide into the front seat where the driver can easily engage you in conversation.
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