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Professional Taxi/Limo Drivers VS Non-Professional Drivers

OK, so you are getting ready to go out to dinner

Or maybe to the airport for a fun trip to Europe

Or maybe simply for a night out on the town

As you get into the car that is picking you up….would you like to know that the driver is a “professional?”

Or does it matter if the driver is simply a “casual” driver who thought to themselves one day…..”I can do this” and signed up and put their own personal car on the road.

Remember….you have hired this car and driver for transportation and you are paying for it.

Your intention was not to hire a technology service.

One of the ride-share companies out there states that they……”are a technology company, not a transportation service.” This is so they can avoid proper licensing.

Hmmmmmm……so what is the mindset there….do they really care about your transportation and safety?

Please look closely at the photo above of the Executive Towncar I drive for BATS. You will see displayed 3 stickers on the rear windshield showing the licensing for our service area. This is important.

In our area here in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County FL, if you do not see these stickers, then the car you hired is not licensed. In our area, If the driver does not or cannot present to you their badge from the City of St. Petersburg for Pinellas County showing they are licensed and had their background checked by the St. Petersburg Police and/or their badge from the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission showing his/her Public Vehicle Drivers License and therefore having their level 2 background checked and approved by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department……

Then simply……they are not licensed and approved. Period.

First, let me say that I understand and realize that there are many professional drivers now driving for ride-share companies. However, there are also very many “casual” drivers doing the same.

My worry here is that the “casual” driver may not know what they are getting themselves into. Especially in real busy markets.

You need to know the road so to speak. The ins and outs, where the problems usually develop and what areas to avoid because they are heavy potentials for problems on the roads.

Professionals drive the roads every day…..professionally.

There is a different “mindset” to the professional driver opposed to the “casual” driver.

I am not saying that a professional driver is perfect, we all are human. I also am not saying that a “background check” makes a perfect driver either.

What I am saying is that both of those do increase your odds of being safe and having a pleasant ride.

In addition, with a “professional” driver you typically have more accountability and honestly that is the best feature for you the passengers safety.

Also, please keep this in mind…..

The local public transit commissions have inspections for a purpose….one of those is to ensure the transportation companies…the ones who are properly licensed that is….are safe. If they do not show their certified mechanics inspection they do not receive their permit sticker and they do not go on the road. Period.

If you are hiring a car service that is much cheaper than anyone else….what do you think that means?

It means that driver who owns that car…his/her personal car is also making less money, in many cases much less money. The driver needs to make an income. Isn’t it ok if he/she makes a decent income? Or would you like them to barely be squeaking by?

THAT…makes it difficult for that driver to keep their car up to par.

You took that service because they were cheaper…..what do you think that driver is going to do when he/she gets money in their bank? Put food on the table and pay their rent….or maintain their car?

My bottom line here is…go with and ride with anyone you choose of course…anyone who fits your needs.

But remember, you are handing them the keys to you and your families, friends or clients safety.

Hire and go with a professional

Thank you, Lance Greene

Professional Driver for BATS Taxi & Towncar Service, St. Pete Beach FL

****The opinions here are of mine only and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of BATS Taxi & Towncar Service.

***What makes me a professional you are asking? Ohhhh yes I can hear you asking it now…:)

I have been a taxi driver in 2 different states, a taxi owner, a stretch limousine company driver/owner, tractor-trailer/lowboy driver hauling heavy construction machinery across 5 states, a city bus operator as a mechanic, and a school bus driver for special needs kids and now a driver with BATS for almost one year here in Florida. I am 55. I have driven professionally most of my adult life.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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She Said YES!! :-))!

Yep!  She said Yes!

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(Christina, a little nervous, wondering whats happening….sooo fun)

Let me start by thanking Adam & Christina for allowing me the privilege of being part of this big day (2/20/2015) for the both of you and thank you for allowing me to post this to my new website. Also, I got to meet someone from Russia! How awesome is that!? You are my first of this kind to my personal website.  Thank you so much for your business and for the blast of a time!  Congratulations to the both of you! God IS with you Christina. You guys are great together. May you love each other forever and do for each other forever.

Adam wasn’t sure what he was going to do at first…….but then he put it all together and came up with an awesome and exciting engagement proposal adventure for Christina. He did an awesome job!  

The red heart rug was the topper, I loved it!  I have to get one Adam!  :-))!

Each phase of Christina’s adventure there was something for her to experience….it was priceless.

SHE SAID YES!

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We drove across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and it was hitting Christina what her day had become….she kept turning to Adam with that look of admiration and lots of love and saying ….”I’m engaged!!”

It was so awesome, the whole thing!

You guys are great!

Thank you!

Lance Greene 

:-))!

 

Providing Directions To Your Hired Driver…

As a driver, although we drive all over Gods Little Green Acres each day, it is difficult to know every street, nook and cranny everywhere…..however we know many many of them. Sure, we have and use GPS, but personally I do not care for using GPS all the time.  I prefer to pull up a Google map and memorize where I need to go since I basically know the area anyway.

The key is, your driver most likely knows all the main roads to get very close to your actual destination, but maybe we might just need your help once in a while getting down the little side streets that jog here and there through a neighborhood. Directions at this point are appreciated and can be very helpful as gps can be distracting I feel, although I do use it if needed.

My point here is this, a suggestion to you is to please keep your directions to a minimum and limited to primarily when your driver is close to your destination.  Please do not give him/her turn by turn directions, simply provide to the driver where they need to end up.  There are reasons for this, mostly is that the professional driver is thinking about more things than just the physical address and we are thinking about different things than when you personally drive yourself to the same location, whether it is your home or business. 

What the driver thinks about:

So you have hired a driver to take you somewhere and make sure you get there easily, comfortably, safe and in style.  However, you feel compelled to provide directions even if the driver does not ask.  This is normal.

Here is the problem……

When you the customer provide directions you give them based on how you drive to the location and what you do on your way there. Professional drivers think about numerous other things and take routes based on a number of factors. Maybe you take a certain road because you stop at your favorite store, dry cleaners or coffee shop and do other errands on the way when needed.  If you/we stop along the way, you will enter the shopping area for example from a certain direction because it is simply the way you like to go.  Once you get there you park.  That is the difference….you park.  We do not.

Example: Shopping Center: You need to stop on the way to pick up some supplies for a meeting at the office which we will end up at.  You know the shopping center and you go a specific way all the time because it works for you. BUT, when you get there….again…..you park.  The thing is, the driver knows the shopping center location also and he/she starts their planning much before they get there.  We will most likely take a different street to get there….why?  Because we need to make sure we end up entering what ever location it is on the correct side.  Correct side you ask?  Yes.  The professional driver wants to make sure they enter on the side that has you closest to the curb when exiting the car for your safety. We do not want you to have to cross the parking lot or a lane where other vehicles are coming through.  In addition, we may go around the block instead of taking a direct street because we do not want to have to cut across traffic. It is much more efficient and safer to go around the block and come in on the proper side making all right turns.  This is also something UPS found helped safety and fuel efficiency.

Specific Roads: This may be repetitive, but again, the professional driver most likely takes a different route than you do or may be used to.  The reason is we drive the roads every day all day long.  The professional driver knows where the accidents have been that day, where the snarls have been etc and will take a different route to avoid any “possible” safety or time issues.  Many drivers will take a certain route because it suits the way we drive and also because it will possibly give you a more comfortable ride with less stop lights. We strive to go the routes with less stop and go.

Bottom line?  We appreciate the directions when we are close to an unfamiliar destination, as we cannot know all of them and we see so many.  However, we are concerned with many other things along the way and once we arrive that you may not be, so please leave the nitty gritty up to the driver.  If the driver states that they usually go a certain way, please do not say that it is much easier your way….because most likely for the driver it is not easier and not safer for you or the driver.

Bottom line?  It is the safety we are after.

Comfort and style happens when you arrive safe.

Thank you!