There are not many job descriptions in which you will see the above listed as part of the skills and abilities required of a person to fulfil a role but, it featured heavily in the long list of requirements in an advertisement for a chauffeur for the Royal Family.
Like many other companies, here at Mercedes Wedding Cars we have high expectations of our chauffeurs too.
Use interchangeably, we think there are some very clear distinctions between a driver and chauffeur. Both purport to ensure that their passengers arrive safely at their Glasgow West destination – the journey should be comfortable too, with the chauffeured guests arriving on time but, the answer as to what makes a chauffeur lies in history…
Chauffeurs is a French term, referring to the earliest cars that were steam-powered. The chauffeurs or ‘stoker’ would stoke this engine, just like the fireman on a large steam train but in a way that was demure and understated.
Of course back in these heady early days, only the rich could afford these steam-powered automobiles and so the employment of a chauffeur was essential… and so the role of chauffeurs started in these long ago days, and the passion for the role remain true today, with the responsibilities being not that different.
Chauffeurs for Glasgow West customers ensure their safety during a journey, providing complete discretion, prepared for any emergency whilst ensuring their guests’ comfort. They will also be prepared to take on roles associated with a ‘personal servant’ – opening the door of the car, cleaning the car etc.
These conditions and principles remain true of chauffeurs today for all Glasgow West customers; excellent drivers, highly trained and prepared for all weather and driving conditions. Prepared to go that extra step to ensure that the comfort and safety of their passengers is guaranteed. Unobtrusive, yet attentive; polite and responsive, with consideration to the smallest details – these qualities and actions are what turn a driver into a chauffeur.
Everything went great and thank you so much for the kind gift and champers!