A chauffeur is a professional driver but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s as simple as that. Being a chauffeur requires a very specific type of person and the standards demanded within the industry are very high.
What do Chauffeurs Do?
Most chauffeurs either work for a single company that employs drivers for company purposes or they are employed by a limousine hire company. Their duties include:
Who makes the Perfect Chauffeur?
It’s not enough to be ‘good at driving’. Many other qualities are required before you even consider your first step on a training course, for example.
The first hurdle, an obvious one, is that you have to really enjoy driving. Your career will be spent largely behind the wheel and any boredom or irritation will shine through in the service you offer.
As a chauffeur you must maintain a professional attitude to your work at all times. You must never let personal or private issues encroach on your driving.
Chauffeurs are hired to ensure that people reach their destination on time, so punctuality is key. In the event that routes are changed or blocked, you must show resourcefulness in order to overcome or circumnavigate the obstacle.
The minute you ‘clock on’ in your job, you are at the service of your client or passenger. This means adhering to the standard industry or company etiquette and being discreet about overheard conversations and journeys undertaken.
An important factor in the life of a chauffeur is their ability to keep their clients safe. Security is becoming an increasingly high-profile part of the job and it’s essential you are able to address this.
If you think you can frame your career with all these basic issues, you are ready to consider the practical requirements of becoming a chauffeur.
How Do I Become a Chauffeur?
If being a chauffeur is the career for you, the first thing you will need to consider is obtaining a Private Hire Permit or licence. The conditions of this qualification vary from location to location but the fundamental guidelines tend to be the same:
There are several options open to you with some very good courses run by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. A prominent body in the world of professional driving is the British Chauffeurs Guild. They also run several outstanding courses that will provide you with solid qualifications for your CV.
You can also study for various exams run by private companies who hire their staff directly. Although these courses can be excellent, you have to consider the accreditation of your exam once you’ve achieved a pass with them. Will your qualification be recognised across the industry?
Following a career as a professional chauffeur can be very rewarding. For the right person who fits all the personal and practical criteria, it’s an exciting and progressive career. You will come into contact with some very interesting people and of course, you will be driving some beautiful cars.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is for general purpose information only and should not be constituted as legal advice. This article has been produced by a third party and Jardine Motors does not take any responsibility for the completeness, accuracy, or reliability with respect to the website or the information provided. Article last updated November 2019