Keith is a limo driver. He’s been in the business for 15 years and currently drives for Pete’s Limousines in Michigan.
He takes pride in getting people to and from their destinations safely and with style.
Keith took the time to speak with us about limo driving.
AJ: How did you become interested in this line of work?
Keith: Well, to start with I got my commercial driver’s license so I could drive a bus for our church. A good friend of mine said, “Hey why don’t you use that license for limo driving?” I thought that was a great idea. I started putting in applications and got my first job 15 years ago.
AJ: What does your job entail?
Keith: I pick our clients up at their designated location then take them to wherever they’re going. It could be anything from an airport pick up, prom, homecoming, wedding, or bachelor or bachelorette party.
AJ: What is your daily routine like?
Keith: Before I pick up any clients I do a vehicle inspection to make sure it’s safe. I also stock the vehicle with cups, glasses, and napkins.
AJ: Those sound like the party essentials.
AJ: What are your clients like?
Keith: Some of them are in from out of town or are business people who need picked up from the airport. For the most part, the ones who are drinking are people who want to party and want to do it safely.
AJ: What is your favorite thing about your job?
Keith: Payday of course! All joking aside though, I really enjoy getting to talk to new people on a daily basis. It is also very rewarding to know that anyone who is drinking has a designated driver. It’s very important to me to get people back home safely.
AJ: Do you have a favorite vehicle?
Keith: Yes, I do! I usually drive our 20-22 passenger party bus. It was manufactured in California, and my boss had me go pick it up when our company purchased it. When I brought it back, he said it was mine to drive. So, I guess I have gotten a little attached to it.
AJ: What would you say to anyone interested in landing this kind of gig.
Keith: I would say you’ve got to be cut out for this kind of job and to remember that at times you will be dealing with unruly people—so you must have a lot of patience. Also, if you’re not interested in working weekends, then this is not the job for you. Weekends are our busiest time! It is a fun job, especially if you enjoy meeting new people.