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how we can hire driver for a long distance trip?

Old Mar 12th, 2022, 05:13 AM
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Sounds like these are the requests.

Use your car, but hire a driver.
Hire a driver for 3-4 days to take you from Austin to Dallas, and drive you around Dallas.

As for how...
You might want to look on Craigslist, or post a notice on Facebook Marketplace what you're looking for.

As for cost...
You're asking for 24hr per day commitment from this driver, for 3-4 days, so 72 to 96 hours total. The If you agree to pay $10/hr, that's $720 to $960 for the driver. If you pay $20, then double that. Maybe the driver will agree to only get paid for hours worked, not all the hours they sit in hotel, but can't work anywhere else. You can do the math with whatever rate & time you negotiate.

You'll also need to pay for hotel & meals for that driver, so add on that cost. Maybe +$200 per day, so another $600 or more for the trip on top of #s above.

Good luck with your plan
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Old Mar 12th, 2022, 08:35 AM
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Look for limo service or car services in Austin.
Make sure their drivers are licensed, bonded and insured for commercial driving.
If you are paying someone, it becomes a business transaction. Do not hire a stranger off of Craig’s list.

You might be better off using a travel agent or professional tour company to arrange your trip. Look at tour companies and travel agencies in Austin.

It is still not really clear exactly what you want to do. It seems somewhat unplanned. Do you want to see sights, party, what? Why a driver the entire time? With five people and luggage, consider taking a train or bus to the city, then just using taxis, Uber or taking local tours to get around for sightseeing. Booking tours for your group through an agent “might” be a safer, easier bet.

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Old Mar 12th, 2022, 12:37 PM
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I agree with J62 but doubt you will get a reliable, bonded and insured driver with references for $10 per hour when the Federal minimum wage is $15 per hour. Not sure about Texas but out here in California, where the minimum wage is also $15, there are a LOT of job openings for service type jobs like drivers for Door Dash, Instacart and other personal services type drivers. Plus a tip would be expected. You are talking about entrusting the safety of your family to this person, so I would not try to economize in this area.
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Old Mar 12th, 2022, 02:55 PM
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"I agree with J62 but doubt you will get a reliable, bonded and insured driver with references for $10 per hour when the Federal minimum wage is $15 per hour."

The federal minimum wage been stuck at $7.25/hour for 13 years while inflation has continued to devalue the dollar. If it kept up with inflation it would be $9.25/hour today. .
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Old Mar 13th, 2022, 04:26 AM
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The minimum wage may or may not be required of this person. Many Uber drivers do not make the minimum wage.
There are many things wrong with this idea and one of the main ones is safety. If you advertise for a driver anywhere and maybe most especially Craig's list, you have no idea of the type of person.who wil answer and will they just steal the car.
BUT there might be one place to look and maybe get a recommendation. Ask at a college--SMU is in Dallas as are a number of other colleges and universities. See if they have some sort of transportation office. There might be a college student who would like to pick up some extra money for driving.
But then there is the problem of the credibility of the people asking--the OP and his under 30 friends. Are they a safe, reliable and trustworthy group of people. Just sayin'.

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Old Mar 13th, 2022, 05:52 AM
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Good point, Gretchen. The OP is asking for something that should require a contract, some legal qualifications and some money up front.
My Brother drives for a company that has limos, vans, busses, etc. for everything from long distances tours to weddings or just evenings out. He is fully licensed and insured. He is paid per hour, plus all meals, hotels, and tips. There is also the cost of the vehicle which is insured as are the passengers.
To drive this group for pay, using their car, opens up a huge liability issue.
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Old Mar 13th, 2022, 01:13 PM
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I think it makes more sense to think of it as a cost per day, rather than hour. Because that's the way someone would bargain/think, I imagine, as you are taking up their time even if driving or not. So the $10 per hour assumes about $250 a day, plus room and board. That could be possible for someone out of work etc. The "drivers" for Doordash, etc, are not driving people around, either, so it isn't as risky. Now Uber/Lyft they are. But if you hired someone randomly, you'd have to do some background screening yourself (legally and in terms of driving record, etc). I can't imagine doing all that. I don't think the avg guy off the street has the ability to check someone's criminal record and driving record, either. Not that I've ever tried, just doesn't seem like they would.
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Your plan has so many holes and pitfalls -- really isn't feasible to have a 'stranger' (vetted or not) drive your car Dallas to Austin, and be at your beck and call for several days. If the driver is legit this would cost a fortune with the drive hours plus room and meals (and if s/he is legit they'd probably be in the business and insist on driving their own vehicle).

The only practical option that I can see is for you all to take the bus or train to Austin and then use lyft/uber/local buses to get around in town. Then take the bus or train back to Dallas. That would save you a ton of $$$ - . . . and it would actually be doable, which your current idea likely isn't.
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