Characteristics of a Professional Private Chauffeur

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Characteristics of a Professional Private Chauffeur

Professional chauffeur from Staffing at Tiffanie's

Private Chauffeurs must possess a range of characteristics in order to perform their duties well and to meet expectations. Whether you are looking to hire a Chauffeur or a  Private Driver for hire, these characteristics are all important and in demand.

Discretion

Chauffeurs often work for high-profile families, the Private Chauffeur must always exercise discretion. What does this mean? Simply put, a Chauffeur must keep all information they learn and all situations they witness confidential.

After all, Chauffeurs do spend many hours in vehicles with their principals who may be in the public eye or of high net worth. This makes anything witnessed or overheard that much more important to keep confidential.

Chauffeurs will overhear conversations containing sensitive information or may witness disputes. A large part of being a professional Personal Driver is ensuring that the employer feels safe and comfortable, and discretion is a vital part of that.

Organization

One of the main reasons to hire Private Chauffeurs is their ability to keep everything organized. Whether the role is as a Private Driver, Celebrity Chauffeur, or Executive Chauffeur, the goal is the same: to ensure anyone transported arrives where they need to be on time and safely.

This role requires a lot of planning; a Chauffeur must know the fastest routes to get to any destination, but must also have a range of alternate routes ready in case weather, traffic delays, or other circumstances arise. Usually, these routes are planned in advance.

Punctuality

The professional Private Chauffeur must ensure everyone they are driving arrives at their destinations on time. In order to accomplish this, Chauffeurs themselves must be able to be on time and place this as a top priority.

The last thing any principal should have to do is wait for their Chauffeur, and the last thing any Chauffeur should do is make them wait. No matter what may be happening on the roads, the Professional Chauffeur’s job is to anticipate these issues and take care of them so that their principal’s schedule is not affected whatsoever.

Courtesy and Professionalism

Professional chauffeur helping a client with luggage and opening the car door

No matter the circumstances, a Personal Driver must always be courteous with those being driven. This includes opening the vehicle door for passengers, and the loading and unloading of luggage, and it also includes setting the tone for every journey, which should be positive and friendly.

Along with courtesy is professionalism, which begins with a clean and polished appearance. A Chauffeur must always keep in mind that they are representing their employer; that being said, they should aim for an appearance that their principal can be proud of.

Flexibility

The life of a principal can often change by the hour. Chauffeurs who are driving several household members at the same time need to be able to manage multiple schedules, appointments, cancellations, and reschedules with professionalism and ease.

This is where the last, but certainly not the least, important characteristic comes in: flexibility. The professional Chauffeur must be able to adapt and accommodate the needs of their principals. This may mean being called to drive on days off or on short or no notice. Make no mistake: a day in the life of a Chauffeur is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing.

However, it’s important to note that no Chauffeur can or should be expected to work past their agreed hours without overtime compensation. The same is true when it comes to working at any time; sufficient rest is absolutely critical for this domestic professional, and should be understood among all parties who will be employing a Private Chauffeur service.

Hire a Personal Chauffeur

Private chauffeur opening the door for a client

With over 26  years of experience in matching domestic professionals with employers, Staffing at Tiffanie’s is well-positioned to help Chauffeurs find top-quality placements and employers to find a Chauffeur that matches their preferences.

Our rigorous screening process ensures that your Chauffeur is qualified to provide safe and professional service. If you are hiring a Driver, we support and guide you through the entire process, including interview scheduling and employment negotiation. Are you ready to hire or join our Premier Staffing Agency? It’s easy to learn more about our process; just visit us online or call 866-484-5550.