For business trips or to meet certain private needs, a chauffeur-driven car (VTC) is a flexible, low-cost alternative that’s becoming increasingly popular. Many VTCs operate in the Côte d’Azur area, providing routes or connections between major cities such as Nice, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco. A few features and accessories enable some VTCs to stand out from the crowd and win the loyalty of a demanding clientele.
Here’s a closer look at the various accessories that help VTC drivers on the Côte d’Azur win the trust of customers from all socio-professional categories.
Basic accessories for proper transportation by a private chauffeur
To be able to carry out his duties properly and avoid any problems with the authorities, a private chauffeur must have in his vehicle a valid driving license, a professional card bearing the VTC badges, as well as a valid vehicle registration document and proof of vehicle and civil liability insurance.
Another important point is that a medical examination certificate is compulsory, as the job of private chauffeur is considered to be a strenuous one, and requires full possession of one’s faculties (visual acuity, reflexes, absence of medication that can cause drowsiness, etc.).
Secondly, as a private chauffeur in Nice or any other city on the Côte d’Azur, you need to be as precise as possible, and your vehicle must be equipped with an up-to-date GPS system to ensure optimal routes and avoid traffic jams or roadworks. For added comfort and to avoid missing out on potential customers, the car should at least be equipped with a hands-free kit to take calls quickly and prepare for the next journey.
For vehicle maintenance, it’s always a good idea to keep a portable vacuum cleaner and a few cleaning products in the corner of the boot. In the event of a problem on the road, a spare tire, a puncture-proof kit, alligator clips and a few tools will enable you to act quickly without having to go to the tow truck. A first-aid kit will also enable you to apply first aid in the event of an accident.
Last but not least, it’s always a good idea for customers to be able to relax inside the vehicle, and offer background music via a multimedia car radio system, with the option of plugging in USB music sticks. Offering a customer’s favorite style of music on a long-distance journey will help to relax them and establish a relationship of trust.
Small accessories that make all the difference, for both business and personal journeys
There are little extras that make the private chauffeur stand out from the crowd. For example, for medium- or long-distance journeys, the provision of a drink (small bottle of water, can of soda…) and sweets or cookies will be appreciated by customers who are concerned about their well-being and want to be treated with respect. The provision of local delicacies or specialties will go straight to the heart of those who come from other parts of the world on business or pleasure. The presentation of these specialties can be a way of melting the ice between driver and customer and starting a conversation.
Another accessory that is becoming more and more indispensable is a USB charger to enable customers to recharge their cell phones. Offering several USB ports for recharging is a significant plus.
For people who like to be connected, offering a free, secure Wi-Fi connection will also be much appreciated. This will enable professionals to read their emails before or after Nice airport, and get on with their day-to-day tasks.
For individuals and professionals alike, other accessories such as a box of tissues, hydroalcoholic gel or small garbage bags will not go unnoticed. In bad weather or when the unexpected happens, these little accessories will prove their usefulness.
Finally, for families, keep a booster seat or a baby seat in the trunk to help the little ones travel. Of course, these accessories should be disinfected after use.