To become a personal driver, you need a valid driver’s license, excellent communication skills and knowledge of map and navigation systems. Some individuals or companies also require a chauffeur driver’s license or commercial license. Drivers of large vehicles, such as limousines, often need special driver’s training to learn how to drive these vehicles safely.
In general, a personal driver, also called a chauffeur, needs to have excellent driving skills and a clean driving record. Some companies provide the car insurance while others require the driver to have her own vehicle insurance policy. Personal drivers transport individuals and clients of businesses to events, business meetings and their own homes. Personal drivers work for companies that have contracts with various clients or work for one person or family as their main driver.
Some skills that a personal driver should have are good interpersonal communication skills, the ability to use standard maps and digital GPS navigation systems, and attention to detail. A personal driver must be patient, as she may spend a lot of time waiting while the client is in a meeting or arriving to the airport. A good personal driver is also very punctual and has the vehicle maintained and repaired on a regular basis.
As of May 2014, the average salary for a personal driver was $24,210 a year.