GOTHAM RIDE

How Do I Choose A Chauffeur?

A driver is any operator of a motor vehicle. A chauffeur is someone employed to look after the needs of the passenger as well as the operation of the motor vehicle. A chauffeur is an experienced, licensed professional.
A chauffeur will serve your every need; from security, to booking reservations, sourcing restaurants, school runs and errands.
Nothing is ever too much trouble for a great chauffeur.

CHAUFFEUR VS DRIVER

A chauffeur will possess many qualities that drivers do not have. Over the past 15 years at Chauffeur, we have interviewed and worked with literally thousands of chauffeurs. We have found the best chauffeurs excel in the following ways:

  • A unswerving eye for detail, every part of the journey is planned. Allowing for a plan A, B and C in the case of any last minute changes
  • An immaculate vehicle, both inside and out
  • Impeccable appearance
  • Precise timekeeping
  • A passion and commitment for customer service
  • Nothing is too much trouble
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • A sense of pride and ownership for their work
  • A desire to constantly exceed expectations
  • A passion for learning
  • Completing training courses to improve their skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowing when to speak
  • Adherence to chauffeur etiquette
  • Professional at all times.

The role of a chauffeur can be a lot more varied than the role of a driver. For chauffeurs, it is vital that they have the ability to adapt to different roles, and they achieve this through ongoing training and collaboration with the team at their head office and their fellow chauffeurs.
For us at Chauffeur we encourage open communication and we work with our chauffeurs when planning any new projects. Specific journeys often require specialised skills. Ranging from the chauffeur needing to be able to speak French, to more complex requirements. Such as being the lead chauffeur in a convoy of 15+ vehicles.

EQ NOT IQ

Ability to empathise with people – ability to read situations and know when to step in – a genuine passion for the human race.
Differences between drivers and chauffeurs – A professional chauffeur will provide you with the highest quality of service including:

  • Executive vehicles, luxurious, comfortable and safe
  • Impeccable appearance and manners
  • Dress code – Pressed dark suit, shirt, tie and polished shoes
  • Trained, professional, experienced and focused
  • Driver etiquette
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Training & experience
  • Carrying luggage and caring for personal items
  • A ‘Royal’ treatment
  • Punctuality & discretion

CONCLUSION

All drivers are not chauffeurs. All chauffeurs are great drivers. A chauffeur has a fine blend of personal and professional qualities which make them ideally suited to cater for their exacting clientele. Their vehicle will be outstanding, as will their personal appearance. A chauffeur does much more than turn the steering wheel in the right direction. A chauffeur’s people skills are every bit the match of their driving skills. The journey is as important as the destination.
If you have time, take a look at a week in the life of a chauffeur so you’ll really understand the difference – our chauffeurs offer a concierge experience. They have an uncanny ability to anticipate and react to challenges on the journey, without you even realising there were any problems.

The role of a chauffeur can be a lot more varied than the role of a driver. For chauffeurs, it is vital that they have the ability to adapt to different roles, and they achieve this through ongoing training and collaboration with the team at their head office and their fellow chauffeurs.
For us at Chauffeur we encourage open communication and we work with our chauffeurs when planning any new projects. Specific journeys often require specialised skills.

Ranging from the chauffeur needing to be able to speak French, to more complex requirements. Such as being the lead chauffeur in a convoy of 15+ vehicles.

The role of a chauffeur can be a lot more varied than the role of a driver. For chauffeurs, it is vital that they have the ability to adapt to different roles, and they achieve this through ongoing training and collaboration with the team at their head office and their fellow chauffeurs.
For us at Chauffeur we encourage open communication and we work with our chauffeurs when planning any new projects. Specific journeys often require specialised skills.