Heels to wheels
A relatively old-fashioned phrase this, but it refers to how the chauffeur stands to open the car door. You stand facing away, as this has two main benefits: it gives you a 180-degree field of view up and down the pavement, and it means you’re not looking at the client as they emerge – important if it’s a lady in a short skirt.
If however, you have a security guard travelling with you, the pair of you stand either side of the door, facing away up and down the pavement. That way you both have vision across to the other side of the road, too. “Look out for unsavoury characters, traffic situations, fast cars approaching and where possible instruct your client politely to wait until you have control of the door.”
Protecting the client is your job until they’re safely indoors. “Paparazzi pose problems for us of course,” says Barry, “it’s very difficult to protect someone’s modesty from cameras these days, but if it’s a lady in a short skirt I’ll be more obstructive in the doorway, and if it’s really difficult you can always use your umbrella to provide more cover. It might look a bit ridiculous, but I’m there to help the client.”