How to Become a Chauffeur

Personal chauffeur services are a desired form of transportation for many people in large cities around the country. Chauffeurs are trained professional drivers that transport many different people from a variety of places such as their homes, workplaces, events, entertainment venues, and restaurants.

What does a chauffeur do?

Chauffeurs operate limousines, private cars, and vans for wealthy individuals, private businesses, limousine companies, and government agencies. All trips are prearranged in advance for a variety of purposes. Chauffeurs prepare and inspect their vehicles before each use. They clean the interior and exterior and check the fuel, oil, brakes, lights, and other necessary components. They also provide routine maintenance and perform minor repairs. Chauffeurs provide excellent customer service to passengers by opening and holding doors, loading and unloading luggage and packages, and holding umbrellas when it is raining. They also often provide food, beverages, telephones, televisions, magazines, and music. Some run errands for their passengers while they are at their destination.

Many chauffeurs transport individuals between airports, hotels, train stations, and bus terminals. Others drive luxury cars to business events, social events, and entertainment venues. Some chauffeurs provide full-time personal transportation to private companies and wealthy and famous individuals.

What kind of training does a chauffeur need?

Chauffeurs need at least a high school diploma or GED and the knowledge of basic mechanics. Some chauffeurs complete formal training programs. Most employers provide on the job training with instruction on a variety of topics such as driver safety, motor vehicle laws, and company procedures. Chauffeurs must have a regular automobile license and a chauffeur’s license. Requirements for a chauffeur license typically include classroom instruction and passing a written examination. Some local governments set licensing standards for chauffeurs that many include a minimum amount of driving experience and instruction. Others require chauffeurs to pass an English proficiency test.

What are the prospects for a career as a chauffeur?

Employment of chauffeurs is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The increased demand for personal driving services will drive job growth.

Job prospects are expected to be good especially for chauffeurs with extensive experience and good customer service skills. Job openings will also stem from the need to replace chauffeurs that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do chauffeurs make?

As of October 2009, the middle 50% of chauffeurs earn annual salaries between $26,910 and $35,565. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $40,390(2).

A career as a chauffeur is an excellent choice for people interested in providing personal driving services to a variety of people. Chauffeurs must be able to interact with many different types of people and drive safely in a variety of traffic and weather conditions. Patience, dependability, and self-motivation are desired characteristics. Chauffeurs must also have a neat appearance and follow strict schedules.

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