Are they Limo Drivers or Chauffeurs?

Posted on October 1, 2008 by LCT Magazine

By Jim A. Luff

As a die hard "Grey’s Anatomy" fan, I could hardly wait for the season to begin last week.  I loved it even more when the show opened with a scene of a limousine entering the "Emergency Room" ambulance bay!


Things went downhill from there with the implausible story line that the “limo driver” was ejected through the windshield during a crash, prompting the passengers to pick him up and put him in the back of the limousine and rush him to the hospital.


Just to set facts straight, a professional chauffeur would always have his seat belt secured while driving. Next, any impact sufficient enough to propel the driver through the windshield would activate the airbag as well as cut off the fuel supply to the vehicle.


Now, the real thing that fried me is the constant use of the term “limo driver.” Webster’s defines a “driver” as the operator of a motor vehicle or a coachman who drives a coach or carriage.  A chauffeur is a person employed to drive a motor vehicle on a professional basis.


To break it down even further, in my opinion, a driver is someone who drives a truck or taxi, or any vehicle for that matter. A chauffeur is someone who has formal training in the art of delivering service, and catering to the needs of the passengers he or she serves.


A mere driver pulls up to the curb and says, “See you later,” unlike the professional chauffeur who carefully selects a location for unloading their passengers, opens the door and assists the passenger out by extending a hand. They offer to carry packages or briefcases inside the destination.


Chauffeurs drive very carefully knowing that a champagne flute may be filled with bubbly, and a spill could ruin a cocktail dress or stain a fine suit.  A chauffeur makes sure that his car is immaculate both inside and out.  His own clothes reflect his pride in his work with crisp, clean, and pressed white shirts and a nice tie.


I will conclude with saying there are indeed “limo drivers” out there. You can tell by their poor choice in wardrobe and lack of pride in the delivery of service to their clients.  I suppose the guy on "Grey’s Anatomy" could have been a limo driver since he didn’t have his seatbelt on.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (4 Comments)

More LCT Blog Blog Posts

October 1, 2012

Event Management

Don't let your guests down. Here are some things to think about before the event starts.

September 26, 2012

October LCT Mag Focuses On Customer Service

ISSUE PREVIEW: What does he think? What did she really say? Are you channeling your customers? In the October 2012 issue of LCT Magazine, you’ll get a complete primer on how to read and please your
September 26, 2012

Driverless Cars Legalized In California

With no need for people to operate vehicles, how can limo companies adapt to the new world of transportation?
September 26, 2012

Manners Still Matter On Social Media

It has never before been easier for businesses to share information, insight and intimacy with consumers; it has also never been easier to offend them. Read more to learn how to avoid a social media faux pas.
September 20, 2012

My First Encounter With The 2013 Lincoln MKT Town Car

On my trip to Chicago last week for the 2012 BusCon Expo, I had the pleasure of experiencing a new ride — the 2013 MKT Town Car.
See More

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (4)

Post a Comment



See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - January 2017 $12.95 THE MONEY ISSUE COVER STORY: * Dashboard Helps Steer Company Finances * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close