Hiring a chauffeur is usually considered a luxury especially when hired in a private capacity.
But chauffeurs are not only hired by individuals but by companies as well. The primary duty of a chauffeur is to drive a vehicle (usually a luxury car) from one place to another to transport passengers. Many chauffeurs work for companies that rent out limousines for special events.
Working as a chauffeur is a high-end job which is why it is crucial for people working in this position to be well spoken and physically presentable.
Chauffeurs are trained not only in driving vehicles in an appropriate manner but also in positively interacting with passengers. The work of a chauffeur does not end at greeting and transporting passengers from one place to another. There is much more to a chauffeur’s job than merely driving a vehicle.
Some of the duties that a chauffeur performs on a typical workday include:
• Greet passengers as they arrive towards vehicle
• Open vehicle doors and assist passengers in embarking and disembarking
• Help passengers by loading their luggage
• Pick up passengers from one place and safely transport them to their destination
• Provide information to passengers regarding the journey
• Ensure that a proper route to the destination is mapped out prior to starting off
• Use GPS or maps to determine locations and routes
• Avoid traffic jams by using knowledge of busy roads and alternate routes
• Assist passengers with disembarking from the vehicle
• Help passengers by unloading and carrying their luggage inside buildings
• Assist passengers with their wheelchairs
• Calculate fares based on distance travelled
• Take payments for services rendered
• Provide change along with payment receipts
• Ensure that the interior and exterior of the vehicle is clean and maintained at all times
• Take vehicle for car washes on a regular basis
• Wax vehicle on a regular basis
• Ensure that the engine of the vehicle is maintained periodically in terms of fluids etc
• Perform minor repairs and adjustments to the vehicles
• Ensure that the vehicle is fueled at all times to avoid inconvenience
• Make sure that vehicles’ tire pressure is properly maintained
• Create daily logs of mileage and destinations to provide to the company
• Maintain knowledge of local landmarks to provide appropriate suggestions to passengers