There are "drivers" and there are "chauffeurs." Which are you? A "chauffeur" is a professional driver. They operate limousines, vans, buses and even fire trucks. Fire truck drivers are called chauffeurs.
Here are some of the most important functions that separate the ordinary driver from a true professional chauffeur.
#1 Vehicle Safety: The professional chauffeur performs a pre-trip safety inspection before ever operating a vehicle and performs subsequent inspections at every single stop.
#2 Map & Route Reading: The professional chauffeur knows that odd numbers are on the south and east side of the street and even numbers are on the west and north side in most cities. They know the center point of a city and which way address numbers go "up" or "down."
#3 Road Driving Skills: Professional chauffeurs practice excellent road driving skills following at a safe distance, maintaining a "bubble of safety" around them, and look far ahead in anticipation of trouble.
#4 Backing Techniques and Safety: A professional chauffeur would never place a vehicle in reverse without thoroughly checking the intended backing path. A spotter would be used whenever necessary and risks are never taken.
#5 Customer Service Skills: A professional chauffeur always treats clients with respect, courtesy and professionalism. The professional chauffeur serves as an ambassador of the company to make a trip as pleasant as possible.
Series: How to handle difficult run-ins with law enforcement over a limousine.
Driving Gem: Plenty of things unrelated to phones can result in accidents.
Driving Gem: Lifting and handling luggage is never good for the back.
See how I talked my way out of this common nuisance for waiting chauffeurs.
In my face off between a chauffeur in a stretch and a restaurant security guard, who wins when the police show up?