Chauffeur Hire Etiquette

Etiquette for the Chauffeur

Chauffeur's Blue Book

“Etiquette for the Chauffeur” is a fascinating journey into the dawn of chauffeuring and the chauffeur car hire business. A charming pocket-sized book of duties and hints for chauffeurs. These rules for chauffeurs were originally offered as the “Chauffeur’s Blue Book” in 1906. This is a gem of a book which contains the following chauffeuring snippets and advice.

Your master's fun but your work

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Times may have changed but the sentiment still remains. You may be driving a mistress rather than a master now. It may not be ‘fun’ or a sport for your client. It could of course be a day out shopping or a day at the races, but what still holds true is that this is your business in life as a chauffeur car hire driver.

“Your master’s fun but your work. Do not forget that though the car is your employer’s hobby, or his sport, it is your business in life, and you are there to see that he gets the proper use and enjoyment of it.”

Chauffeur's Blue Book

Chauffeur's manners

A silent nod

“You may recognise a brother chauffeur on a passing car and consider it the proper thing to wave your hand and shout a greeting at him. This is exceedingly wrong; a silent nod is all that is permissible.”

Much of the book still applies to the modern chauffeur, such as the section on general conduct:

“Maintain an atittude of reserve about the car – of mystery if you like – with a discreet silence on your part instead of a lot of blustering talk about big-ends, half-time cams and differential pinions.”

Again some of the terms may have changed but remember not to blabber about traction control, satellite navigation or the sound system…

“You may recognise a brother chauffeur on a passing car and consider it the proper thing to wave your hand and shout a greeting at him. This is exceedingly wrong; a silent nod is all that is permissible.”

Chauffeur's Blue Book

For your passenger's enjoyment

“Skilled drivers make exceedingly good chauffeurs! Always remember, you are not driving for your own fun, but for your passenger’s enjoyment.”

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