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How to become a Chauffeur

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What does a Chauffeur do?

A chauffeur/chauffeuse drives a car to collect and transport people and their luggage, to wherever they want to go. They usually drive high-powered, comfortable cars and ensure the vehicles are clean and well-maintained at all times. They may spend a lot of time waiting for their passengers.

A chauffeur/chauffeuse working for a private household might take members of the family to work or social events. The job may include other duties, such as gardening or maintaining the estate.

For a chauffeur/chauffeuse working for a limousine hire company, every job will be different, depending on who has hired limousine services that day.

Those working for a large company or organisation will probably pick up and drop off visitors and take senior staff to the station, airport or meetings.

What's the working environment like working as a Chauffeur?

There are no fixed working patterns. The hours can be very irregular, depending on employers’ lifestyles. They may spend nights away from home and work early mornings, evenings, bank holidays and weekends. Temporary or part-time work is common.

They spend most of the time behind the wheel and and may be expected to lift loads into and out of the car.

Most wear uniforms.

What does it take to become a Chauffeur?

To be a chauffeur/chauffeuse you should:

  • have excellent driving skills and enjoy driving
  • have a smart appearance
  • enjoy working with people
  • be polite, diplomatic and punctual
  • be able to respect people's privacy and keep information to yourself
  • be calm and decisive
  • be flexible and patient
  • be alert to what is happening on the road and considerate towards other road users
  • have a good level of physical fitness.
Other skills may be needed for jobs where you are expected to carry out other household or estate duties.

Chauffeur Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Chauffeur that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

British Chauffeurs Guild Ltd
6th Floor
The Tower
125 High St
Colliers Wood
London
SW19 2JR
Tel: 020 8544 9777
www.britishchauffeursguild.co.uk

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
IAM House
510 Chiswick Road
London
W4 5RG
Tel: 020 8996 9600
www.iam.org.uk

GoSkills
Concorde House
Trinity Park
Solihull
Birmingham
B37 7UQ
Tel: 0121 635 5520
www.goskills.org



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