What is required to be a professional chauffeur?

Are you considering a career as a chauffeur?

What is the difference between a driver and a chauffeur?

  • A driver is essentially someone who can operate a vehicle from one location, to another.
  • A chauffeur is a professional driver with the etiquette required to provide the service required.
  • They are trained to provide a luxury service.
  • Can provide a comfortable drive with elegance.
  • To care for the needs of the passenger at all times.
  • Will present themselves in an immaculate manner and anticipate your every requirement.

I can drive, can I be a chauffeur?

To be a professional chauffeur you are required to have many years’ experience of driving. You would be also need to have very good geographical knowledge of the area you are expected to drive in. It is also a benefit if you have attended an advanced driver course or had experience driving luxury vehicles such as Rolls Royce or Bentley.

Our clients generally seek chauffeurs with a minimum of 4 years’ experience where you have worked for a private individual as either a corporate or family chauffeur.

You may also be required to deal with security and close protection duties.

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What are the typical duties expected of a chauffeur?

As a chauffeur you are expected to:

  • Maintain the car
  • Keep the car ready at all times in case of importune journeys
  • Conduct all routine maintenance
  • Valet and keep the car in pristine condition
  • Keep all of the paperwork including MOT, car tax and insurance up to date
  • You are required to plan your routes effectively to ensure the passenger is kept safe and comfortable during their journey
  • And most importantly be on time for the end destination

Additional duties may include:

  • You may be asked to do the school run
  • Deliver messages or confidential documents
  • Escort household staff to run errands or do some shopping
  • Assist passengers with their luggage and help them to get in and out of the vehicle

Many chauffeurs who work from private households also assist with keeping walkways and driveways clear and clean and exercise pets. Many large companies hire full-time chauffeurs simply to alleviate the need to drive so they can work whilst travelling.

What skills are required?

  • An excellent knowledge of the local roads
  • Good anticipation and safe all-round driver
  • Attentiveness to a customer’s demands
  • Knowing when to offer advice and when to remain quiet
  • Discretion and confidentiality is key
  • Tidy appearance and a professional polite manner
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proven experience as a chauffeur
  • Acquainted with GPS software and local traffic reports
  • Ability to interact with clients in a warm, professional manner
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Flexibility to work during evenings, on weekends, and on public holidays, as required

How can we help?

Here at Masseys Agencies we can anticipate your needs and requirements. Please call us on 0203 033 0000 and speak to one of our consultants who will expertly guide you through the process, take details of your requirements to develop a clear picture of the exact type of person and skills required and take the stress out of finding the perfect candidate. We look forward to hearing from you.

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