Monmouth County, NJ (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
The premise of this business is simple: Why hire a driver AND a car if one already owns the car? By hiring only the driver, a substantial savings can be achieved. Owner Chris Candee explains that by not having a fleet of cars to maintain, as a regular car service does, the savings can be passed along to the customer. “The company’s biggest expense, by far, is insurance,” says Mr. Candee.
People tend to use this service for one of two reasons. The first is for travel to or from the airport, where the savings can be as much as 50% versus a traditional limousine or car service. Savings aside, the convenience can’t be beat. Families with younger children love that the children’s own car seats are already in place, as are the favorite preset radio stations and DVD players. Not having to schlep the kids and luggage from long term parking to the terminal is nice, too.
As for the rest of the business, most of that is derived from people who want to enjoy the day or evening out to the fullest, without having to worry about how much one might be having to drink. As someone who spent more than 20 years in the bar and restaurant industry and saw a fair share of people grab car keys after having too much to drink, Mr. Candee likes the fact that R. Lucas Drivers is helping to promote safe driving via its car service.
Mr. Candee frequently gets requests for a driver to chauffeur two or even three couples for the evening in one of the couple’s SUVs, which creates a fun, party-like atmosphere right from the get-go and also saves the couples money. The hourly rate of $35 is always the same no matter how many passengers there are, and just like with the flat airport rates, gratuity is always included, which the customer really appreciates.
Aside from local travel to restaurants, or parties at a private residence, Manhattan is a very popular destination. “Clients love to use the car service to go into the city,” says Mr. Candee. “This alleviates the hassle of finding or paying for parking, clients enjoy being dropped off right at the door, and the driver always stays with the car. People use the service to go to shows, sporting events, clubs, even shopping.” Other popular destinations include the Indian casinos as well as Atlantic City, weddings, and other various social events, often at country clubs.
As this is not the same as a traditional taxi or car service, which is generally more on-demand in nature, a reservation is required to secure a personal chauffeur, With a few days’ notice, a driver can be provided practically anywhere in Connecticut, New York or New Jersey. All major credit cards are accepted, and reservations can be made on line at http://www.rlucasdrivers.com or by phone at 877-RLUCAS1. Airport rates can also be viewed on the website. Customer service is extremely important, so there is no operator or automated system to deal with. When calling R. Lucas Drivers, one will find that it is Mr. Candee who either answers the phone or promptly calls back.
Mr. Candee fully understands that the chauffeurs are the lifeblood of the business. Each driver must pass a thorough driver’s license check, as well as a criminal background check. Beyond those safety requirements, a premium is placed on being reliable, on time, and courteous. Mr. Candee also likes to stay in contact with clients by email, to gauge feedback and make sure that customer satisfaction remains high.
The business has been a hit so far in Fairfield County, CT, and Mr. Candee is confident that the demographic in Monmouth County, NJ, combined with the area’s proximity to New York City, Atlantic City, and various airports, will make for a successful expansion.
To learn more about R. Lucas Drivers go to http://www.rlucasdrivers.com or by phone at 877-RLUCAS1.
R. Lucas Drivers, LLC, currently offers residents and businesses of Fairfield County, CT and now Monmouth County, NJ an affordable, convenient service that provides drivers to drive clients’ in the client’s own car.