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12 Characteristics of a Great Chauffeur


YOU HAVE A SAY IN CHOOSING YOUR CHAUFFEUR:

Not all professional limousine chauffeur are created equal. If you’re getting ready to book a limo for any occasion, selecting a vehicle isn’t the only big choice you’ll be making. It’s equally important to choose or have a say in the right chauffeur. So how do you make that decision? Here are some things that differentiate a great limousine chauffeur from the rest of the crowd.

Before we move on to the meat of this article, here are some other articles that will help you be sure your ground transportation arrangements are as stress free, smooth and dependable as possible:


EVALUATING A GREAT CHAUFFEUR:

Below are some insights that will allow you to not only think a little more about who is driving your family, clients or colleagues to the airport, hotel or any other location or event that requires private limousine service but also ask some important questions to your transportation provider.

Some common considerations include:

1. Thought #1 – The Appropriate Chauffeur’s License

Depending on the state or municipality, a chauffeur may be required to hold a special class of license. Chauffeur may also have to meet minimum age and driving experience requirements. Any reputable limo company will be happy to show you proof of their drivers’ qualifications.

2. Thought #2 – A Clean Driving Record

A chauffeur is responsible for ensuring the safety of all passengers, and that responsibility begins with a clean driving record. Ask your limo company about its policy regarding drivers’ records. If they’re not spotless, then find another company.

3. Thought #3 – Professional Attire

Limos are typically hired for formal or special occasions such as proms, weddings, anniversaries, and business functions. You wouldn’t dream of turning up at any of these places in jeans, and neither should your chauffeur. A chauffeur should be professionally dressed – the classic black-and-white uniform is never out of place.

4. Thought #4 – Adequate Training

The right license, a perfect driving record, and a sharp-looking uniform are a good start, but a great chauffeur will also be fully trained. Ask if he or she has completed a defensive driving course. There are other things to consider, too. For example, if you’re hiring a limousine for a wedding, does the chauffeur know how to help a bride with a 13-foot-train get into and out of the vehicle without creasing her gown?

5. Thought #5 – Bonded Employment Status

An excellent chauffeur will be a bonded employee of the limo company, indicating that he or she is a valued, permanent, and professional member of the team. This is no place for amateurs, hacks, or contractors.

6. Thought #6 – Punctuality

A chauffeur should always arrive 15-20 minutes early at the pickup location – no exceptions. To ensure that happens, a great chauffeur will map out all routes ahead of time, taking into account any road- or weather-related delays and planning alternate routes if necessary. The snazziest limo in the world is useless if the chauffeur arrives late, especially if that late arrival ruins a wedding, a surprise party, a business meeting, or other important occasion.

7. Thought #7 – Meticulous Personal Grooming

Your chauffeur will be in close contact with your family members, friends, colleagues, customers, and prospects as they get into and out of the vehicle. A chauffeur should be meticulously groomed, with trimmed fingernails, neat hair, and clean teeth.

8. Thought #8 – The Ability To Stay Calm Under Pressure

On any given day, a chauffeur might be dealing with unexpected traffic on the highway, tightly wound executives, or nervous brides (and their parents). If the chauffeur is working on prom night, or for a bachelor/bachelorette event, passengers will be excited and talking loudly over each other (and/or possibly inebriated). A great chauffeur will have nerves of steel and the ability to handle any situation calmly. Ask your limo company how its chauffeurs have performed when the stakes have been high, and see if there are evaluation forms on file or online about specific chauffeurs.

9. Thought #9 – Discretion

A chauffeur is privy to all sorts of moments in people’s personal and professional lives – and sometimes the privacy screen might not be raised all the way up. An excellent chauffeur practices discretion, decorum, and confidentiality at all times.

10. Thought #10 – Firsthand Knowledge Of The Area

Yes, GPS devices are widely available these days – but nothing replaces a good sense of direction. Your chauffeur should have firsthand knowledge of the area where you’ll be riding, and should stay on top of any major road construction projects or other events that may impact your journey. You’re paying a premium for a limousine service, so you should expect to sit back and enjoy the ride – not shout directions from your seat in back.

11. Thought #11 – People Skills

A chauffeur should enjoy interacting with people and providing them with excellent customer service. Chauffeur should be pleasant, polite, and know when to make conversation with passengers and when to let them ride in peace.

12. Thought #12 – Thoughtfulness & Attention To Detail

A great chauffeur will anticipate passengers’ needs and plan accordingly. For example, a thoughtful chauffeur will have umbrellas, shoe-shine cloths, and tissues ready in case passengers need them. A chauffeur should also ensure the climate control systems are always in good working order so that passengers will never be too hot or too cold when they’re in the vehicle.


corporate sedan serviceCONCLUSION:

As you can see by the list above, a lot goes into achieving the perfect, hassle and stress free limousine adventure or ride to the airport. Corporate Sedan Service pays a great deal of attention on these details and many others. One way to be sure all of these considerations are covered is to hire a sedan service or limousine service provider who is committed to perfecting your experience. That’s exactly what we do each and every time a car leaves our property.

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