Your Driver: Keeping Okanagan Roads Safe
“Hardly anybody ever goes to a party and just has one” says Joel Kutschera, owner of Your Driver, the Kelowna-based transportation company. A vehicle pick-up service that gets you, your friends, and your car home safely. The perfect solution for those who want to arrive on the town in their own car, but can’t drive home because they’ve had one too many.
A born entrepreneur, Joel began his first business at twelve selling collectibles. He started Your Driver in November 2017 and it’s already making a name for itself, with steady five star reviews and a reputation for personalized service.
Your Driver is the upshot of Joel’s experience as a cab and limo driver. For him “It’s all about the lost art of service.” Often clients have to wait around at busy times for cabs. He understands wait times and customer services are the biggest issues in this industry.
It works like this. When a client calls Your Driver, two professional drivers are dispatched in one of the fleet’s new vehicles to the location. Clients rarely wait more than fifteen minutes. They can even pre-book a pickup time, receiving a twenty-five percent discount as a thank you for responsibly planning ahead. In addition there is a way for clients to earn free rides with special five-dollar coupons they can pass onto friends. The driver then takes the client and their party home in their own car, while the other driver follows behind in the company car. The client is paying to transport his or her car home. Which means there’s no extra charge for taking friends. “Move seven for the price of one.” says Joel.
As one can imagine, the service is incredibly popular for those celebrating special occasions like office parties, weddings, girls night out, and female party-goers can book a woman driver. This is personalized service in an age that’s becoming more and more impersonal.
Your Driver hires the best and the brightest. Not only are drivers required to have a clean driving record, they must pass the company’s stringent driving exam. Even so, it’s not just about driving. Not everyone has a personality suited to this line of work. Drivers, like bartenders and hairdressers, are frequently required to play the role of psychologist as clients often confide in them. For this reason drivers keep a strict Vegas-style policy of “What happens with your driver, stays in your car.” says Joel. Clients never have to worry about their privacy or their safety. They’re in good hands.
Visitors are raving about their wine tours—inexpensive compared to the majority—at forty-five dollars an hour. It’s the same price whether there’s seven wine lovers or two. Parties are teamed up with a wine tour guide/driver who’s able to offer expertise, help design a tour, or just lend a hand taking photos. It’s completely under the client’s control. This tour has no scheduled stops and no minimum stays. If the clients wants to add more time to their adventure these drivers are flexible and will do their best to accommodate.
In addition to wine, distillery, and beer tours Your Driver also offers a professional chauffeur service. Ultimately, they plan to do Cannabis tours as well. Their chauffeur service is a wonderful way to take the worry out of a pub crawl, stag night ,or bachelorette. You can relax knowing your driver will be there, ensuring everyone and their ride returns home safely.
In the future an App is in the works that will offer all the current services and eventually Uber-style transportation when it becomes legal. Until then, they’re making a name for themselves keeping people safe.
Visit YourDriver.ca for more information.