Aside from having a clean, comfortable and safe ride, you can even schedule a taxi to pick you up anytime you want. However, as it is a continuously growing industry, there are a lot of competition out there, with companies providing exactly the same services. There is, however, one aspect that may ultimately differentiate excellent from mediocre service, and this is through the qualities of the driver or chauffeur. In this post, let us take a look at the desirable qualities that a taxi driver should possess.
If you want to be a taxi driver, it would really be best if you don’t have a DUI history in your record because some companies will not hire anyone with such. Others also look into your driving history to check if you have been involved in any form of accident in the past decade, and if you have had received more than one traffic ticket. Although some companies may allow such records, it would always be best to have a clean one.
Professional and Presentable
Every driver should be neat and clean, which also goes to say that the vehicle should be kept tidy and fresh. They also give out polite greetings and make you feel comfortable throughout the entirety of the ride. Additionally, they should act professionally and help out passengers with their luggage (and handle it with care). Finally, and one of the most important qualities, they must always be on time.
Without good communication, driver and passenger may come to a misunderstanding which may not only lead to wrong directions but even to upset passengers who will immediately scrape you off their list. Thus, they should communicate clearly and should also know how to listen intently for instructions and/or directions. Moreover, some passengers would like light talks especially for long drives or for tourists asking for more information about the place, so being able to hold a conversation will be very helpful.
There are a lot of taxi scams out there that help drivers earn more in a shorter time, such as taking the long route, but remember that a cheater never wins. It always pays to be honest. Thus, never take advantage of your passengers, especially those new to the place. Just do your job right and be honest, and you might even be lucky enough to receive a higher tip or a commendation.
Familiarity with the Location
Aside from being on time for pick-up schedules, it is also essential that you are on time for the drop of. In line with this, you should be really familiar with your service area because no one likes to be late for their appointments or meetings just because you got lost during the ride. It would really be helpful if your vehicle is equipped with a reliable GPS unit, so that you will not only be able to tract the right way but find alternative routes if you are faced with traffic or road constructions.
There are a lot of emerging taxi companies that offer the same services, but the qualities of a driver is what separates one from the other. If you want to be a cab driver, or is running a tax company, make sure that your team possesses these good qualities to ensure that passengers will receive the best services they can ever have.