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July 19, 2016
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An Origin Story


Where did “chauffeur” come from?

The word “chauffeur” is commonly used in the driving service industry to describe the personal driver. But where did that word come from?
It is actually a French term for stoker, or one who tends the fire of a steam engine. Just like trains and boats, the earliest automobile was steam-powered and it was the driver’s responsibility to stoke the engine. Wealthy people were the only ones who could afford the first cars and often hired chauffeurs to drive and stoke the engines rather than driving themselves. As a result, the term “chauffeur” evolved to mean personal driver.
Whether it be in France, San Diego, Austin, or Las Vegas, you can always find private chauffeurs for hire. Visit Safeway Drivers or to contact them (866)439-2545 for your local area.

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