What to look for when hiring a chauffeur

Choosing a chauffeur for a special occasion is an important decision. Every contractor, service provider and staff member who contributes to your big day has a chance to enhance your experience and ensure you’re well taken care of. Nowhere is this more important than with transport. Having a smooth journey, arriving on time and stepping out with style can really set you up to enjoy your event. That’s why it’s important to choose a chauffeur who has the driving knowledge, skills and experience to give you the experience you deserve.

Here’s what you should keep an eye out for:
1. Formal qualifications
Professional chauffeurs should have completed national and state recognised training courses, such as the Knowledge of Melbourne Test set by the Victorian Taxi Services Commission. In addition to basic qualifications needed for accreditation, your driver may also have specialist certificates or diplomas in silver service, vehicle care and more. For example, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars School of Instruction offered a Chauffer’s Training Course. In Australia, there are several tangentially related nationally recognised training units, such as the Certificate 2 in Driving Operations.
2. On the job experience
Experienced chauffeurs are experts at knowing what will make a client’s journey more pleasant. Not only do they know the best routes to take during the day or at night, they understand how old-fashioned courtesy and catering to a client’s unique demands can make a real difference. If you’re looking to treat yourself and your guests to the best, choose a dedicated chauffeur with several years’ driving experience.
3. Luxurious, elegant vehicles
reputable chauffeur company should be able to show you plenty of photos, technical specifications and other details of their fleet. European-designed vehicles are particularly attractive for many Australian clients, who may be used to driving Australian and Japanese vehicles. BMWs, Mercedes and Chryslers are full of noteworthy features and attractive detailing including leather interiors, premium trim and plenty of space for your luggage and supplies. Depending on the date of your flight or special event, you should be able to have your choice of driver and vehicle. Ask about this when you call for your quote.
4. Independent local operation
Choosing a chauffeur company that’s independent and locally operated means you get accountability and good communication. This can give you particular peace of mind when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime events like your wedding day. It also means your driver will have more of an opportunity to predict and counteract traffic issues and major events affecting the roads, so you’re still guaranteed an on time arrival.