The Driver is Key: What Makes a Great Chauffeur?

The team at limo service long island takes the utmost pride in providing our clientele with a sophisticated experience. A large part of that experience lies in the hands of the chauffeur. We don’t skimp on the details when we hire new drivers. In fact, there is a list of attributes we look for when choosing our team. Read on for some of the qualities that we here at long island prom limo look for when hiring a chauffeur.

 

First Impressions

When hiring a limousine driver we look for a few key tell-tale signs of a good chauffeur. After all, first impressions are everything. We certainly look at how they dress and if they are well groomed. We look for someone that will give off a good impression for our limousine service. Usually that means that our drivers are clean cut with no unkempt facial hair.

 

We also look for someone who is friendly, but not overly talkative. Upon our first meeting, we can usually tell if a potential driver is going to be too chatty, or too silent. We like our drivers somewhere in the middle, and that can usually be gauged at our first meeting.

 

The Driver’s Own Vehicle

When we interview a potential chauffeur, we always like to see what their personal car looks like. If their own car is a mess, how could we expect them to take good care of a car from a limousine service? It is important that our drivers treat our vehicles with care and respect, and their own car is a good indication of whether or not they will be able to do that.

Cool Under Pressure
Hiring a good limo driver is all about appearance and the ability to stay calm under stress. We want someone that will represent our limousine service well and be able to handle changes in the expected itinerary for clients. Sometimes a flight is delayed or the driver has multiple pick-ups scheduled where time is an issue. Finding someone that can handle last minute changes and still give off a good image is essential.

What Do We Ask of a Potential Driver?
When interviewing drivers for our prom limo rental services long island, there are three vital questions that we always ask:

 

  • Do you have a clean driving record? Any driver hired must submit to a drug test and be placed on the company insurance for liability reasons. If the applicant has multiple points on their driving record or any arrests, insurance will not accept them on the policy.
  • Are you local to the area? Sometimes our limousine service will receive last minute work without a reservation and we will need to have a driver that is nearby to jump on the work right away. Hiring a limo driver that lives within 15 minutes of the office is a great benefit.
  • Do you have any past driving experience? This question will set some drivers apart from others. If an applicant has had previous experience driving for a private limousine service, that is a big plus. It means they have dealt with last minute changes and can keep composed in times of stress and change. They will also be familiar with work being dispatched to them on a last minute basis sometimes.

 

On The Job Training

If our potential driver does not have prior experience we will consider enrolling them in our training program. If the candidate has no prior experience as a professional driver, they can be trained from the start with good habits and proper education. First they should be shown an instructional video and verbally told about the proper behavior for a professional driver. The behavior code should give them as the  do’s and don’ts of how to treat clients. The next step is to go for a test drive with the potential applicant in which you can learn a lot about where they need improvement and what they already do well. You want to review their driving ability for safety and smoothness. Keeping at least 5 car lengths behind any vehicle is a good indicator. The ideal limo driver is someone who drives smooth as well as very defensively and safe. We will also make suggestions and tell them where their driving can be improved if they wish to become a professional chauffeur.

Confidence in Our Chauffeurs

When we are about to hire a new limo driver, we prefer to start the position as a part-time position. This is not the only way to hire. This gives us the freedom to give them as much or as little work as they can handle. Usually, we will start out a newly hired limo driver with a simple run, like an airport drop-off or point A to point B transfer. There is not too much thinking or stress involved and rarely are there changes to the itinerary. If they do well on runs like these, we will then bump them up to a more complicated run like taking clients out on an hourly charter run for the evening or a run with multiple pick-ups and drop-offs like a wedding or funeral. After a newly hired limo driver has proven themselves, they can become one of the top go-to drivers on your chauffeur list.  Since they have handled difficult jobs in the past, we can then dispatch complicated or last minute work to them without having to worry if the job is going to be done correctly.

 

We here at long island prom limo services are always looking for new drivers. If you are interested, and think you meet the above criteria, call us anytime to apply!