We make no bones that we are dearer than a minicab or taxi, allow me to explain why.
A taxi & minicab service operates totally differently to our executive & luxury private hire business often with standard mid sized saloon cars & with often overworked drivers holding the barest minimum driving credentials. We have a huge duty of care to our clients so our English speaking chauffeurs hold impressive Advanced Driving credentials &/or have extensive corporate driving experience. Our large spacious & meticulously maintained vehicles are the luxury long wheelbase Mercedes S Class Limousine and the Estate Mercedes E Class with it's massive boot space. Both vehicles are the top of the range AMG versions. We also use a number of owner driver associates with a vast array of vehicle types including luxury MPV's and mini coaches.
Here are the main points:
Taxi Company: The dispatcher often dispatches a local 'clear' vehicle to you just minutes before your booking time which can then arrive late, the last thing you want if you have to catch a flight!
Drive Arrive: We allocate & fully brief your chauffeur the day before your travel which gives him time to fully prepare the vehicle & themselves for your journey.
Taxi Company: The driver, who typically works only locally may have worked many hours before you require him/her to take you on a long & complex journey to the airport or on business or personal travel.
Drive Arrive: We never overwork our chauffeurs or allocate transfers that don't have time for proper breaks in between. Safety is our number one priority here at Drive Arrive & we know the long distance routes, terminals, car parks & even pot holes like the back of our hands.
Taxi Company: You will probably not know the driver or the vehicle that will arrive.
Drive Arrive: We confirm your driver, vehicle & their mobile number at least the day before your journey & send you a link to his bio & photograph on our chauffeurs page. New clients, until they realise they can absolutely trust us will receive an additional reassurance text message a day or two before confirming the details again.
Taxi Company: Because of lower fares & profit margins it's always a numbers game requiring drivers to get as many jobs into their shift as they can.
Drive Arrive: When you book a car with us, with vast experience of our road networks we carefully calculate your journey time so as to give you a smooth, relaxed & safe transfer with complimentary bottled mineral water, mints, tissues, heated reclining rear seats, window & roof blinds, a blanket for the winter, eye masks & ear plugs if you want to sleep.
Taxi Company: We have heard stories where drivers don't even exit the vehicle to help with the loading of luggage.
Drive Arrive: Our award winning chauffeurs fully understand chauffeuring etiquette & we consider ourselves as your butler in the driving seat. Nothing is too much trouble to us & we even offer to stop briefly 'free of charge' on return journeys to collect essential grocery items.
We heard a story recently where a minicab driver dropped a couple at a fairly local airport where within minutes one of them had realised they had forgotten their passport. They immediately dashed back in another airport cab in the time they had before the gate closed to discover the original driver had returned to their house minutes earlier & was on the premisses robbing them!
To summarise: You will always find someone cheap to get you to where you need to go and if the difference in price between them & us is important to you then we fully understand that. We have many clients though who have discovered that for the small amount more their travel has been relaxed, stress free, carefree, & in total luxury & comfort.
Many have left us testimonials here so don't just take our word for it & if you have any further questions or comments please don't hesitate to contact us. See below for our contact information.
Colin Bennett, owner, 07774 419757