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Everything You Need to Know About a Chauffeur

Nothing beats the sense of relief you feel sitting in the back of a car that's being operated by a professional. Not only do you know that you're in good hands with a professional chauffeur, you can use the time you'd otherwise spend driving to do other things, like catching up on emails or getting some much-needed shut-eye. Especially if you're in the Greater Los Angeles Area, there's no doubt you would prefer to lounge in the backseat of a motor vehicle rather than navigating the sea of cars clogging the freeway.

Hiring a professional chauffeur service gives you the comfort and security you need to go about the rest of your busy day. Whether it's a passenger vehicle or limousine being operated by a professional or private chauffeur, employing a car service makes your life a whole lot easier.

Chauffeurs vs. drivers

When you're searching for the right car service to escort you to your various destinations, you might be wondering whether it's best to hire a driver or a chauffeur. At first, these titles seem synonymous; however, the two roles are quite different.

A driver is anyone who operates a motor vehicle. Someone who works for a taxi or ridesharing service, such as Lyft or Uber, is considered a driver. Essentially, anyone can become a driver if they have a car and valid driver's license, meet the service's minimum age requirements and can pass a background test. Their job is simply to get you where you need to go, often without the hospitality and people skills of a professional.

In contrast, a chauffeur is a person employed to drive who provides an exceptional passenger experience. It's not just about getting you to your various destinations; chauffeurs are timely and kind, striving to go the extra mile to ensure their passengers are getting top-notch service. Additionally, chauffeurs typically take more pride in outward appearances than traditional drivers. They escort you in luxury vehicles and tend to dress in a polished fashion, while drivers may operate run-down vehicles and wear everyday clothes. When you're looking to arrive in style and experience high-quality customer service, hiring a chauffeur is your best bet.

The qualifications to become a chauffeur

It's important to note that when you're hiring a chauffeur, you aren't just getting anyone with a license and vehicle to drive you around. Chauffeurs have to jump through some hoops before they can be considered for employment. In addition to having a driver's license and exceptional driving record, chauffeurs must secure a passenger endorsement commercial driver's license (CDL). This involves filling out a CDL application and passing a written exam. Once they've secured this license, they can begin applying to limousine companies and other professional car services.

When they're hired, chauffeurs typically go through an extensive training process to meet the protocols of their specific companies and understand how to accommodate their passengers. So when you're hiring a professional chauffeur from a larger company, you will know this individual is qualified and equipped to meet your needs.

Employing a private chauffeur

When you've decided to hire a private chauffeur – or chauffeuse, in the instance of a female driver – you can guarantee on someone to take you where you need to go, whether they're driving you to and from work, escorting you on your errands or conducting airport transfers.

You can choose to hire a chauffeur on either a part-time, as-needed basis, or you can bring on a full-time, private chauffeur to provide you with an extra-personalized experience. Hiring a chauffeur on a full-time basis ensures that you'll get the same driver every time. Additionally, this professional will be ready for you whenever you need them.

It's worth noting that bringing on a private, full-time chauffeur will be more expensive than working with drivers on a part-time, as-needed basis, as this individual is employed to cater to your specific travel needs. However, when you want someone at your beck and call or need to travel frequently, having a private professional to bring you places can be invaluable.

Would you like to begin your hunt for the right chauffeur in the Los Angeles area? Contact us today to find out more about our services and find out how we can match you with the right part-time and full-time chauffeur candidates that meet your needs.