If you do a lot of business travel, and appearances matter, then a limo is a great choice. Traveling in a limo allows you to relax and enjoy a comfortable ride, rather than being stuck in a cramped car, a dirty taxi, or crowded public transport.
Riding in a limo has other benefits too – limos often have large, open spaces where you can eat, drink, enjoy other facilities, or get some work done. Busy executives could book a limo with a small table, open their laptops, and send some emails or do a quick conference call. Those who are true high-fliers may get a massage while they travel, or even just sleep.
Being comfortable on a long business journey is more important than you might give it credit for. All too often, people travel to a meeting and find that the combination of fatigue, soreness and potentially jet-lag is just too much for them. If you need an overnight stay to make you productive, then you are wasting time and money. Investing in more comfortable transport will make a difference and save you money in the long term.
Consider booking a limo for private use (so that you have no distractions), and with tinted windows (so that you can control the environment depending on whether you want to work, sleep or just read a book.
Make sure that the limo has wi-fi, and that it has a good phone signal too. Some tinted windows actually interfere with phone and GPS signals, which means they are not ideal for people who want to get some work done. The best tints are non-metallic, and this means that you don’t have to worry so much about interference, and you can still get a phone signal when you need it. Built-in wi-fi helps to save the allowance on your data plan.
Another thing to consider is the personality of the driver. Most limo drivers are professionals who will stay quiet and just drive, unless you invite them to start a conversation with you – but they are not all like that. If you care about how chatty your driver is, make this known when you book.
Chauffeured transport will be more efficient than a taxi, because the driver is there for you and you alone. Book in advance and make sure that the driver knows exactly where you are going. If you know that you will be making a long journey, and want to be able to enjoy refreshments, you can book them in advance.
There was a time when limos were reserved only for the richest of people – movie stars, pop stars and high level executives. However, today it is not uncommon for parents to rent a limo to take their children to a prom. For short journeys, or regular trips on a corporate account, this is something that looks far more expensive than it really is, and that has an awful lot of benefits!