LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeMyDD (Be My Designated Driver), the nation's largest designated driver service, today announced that it has relocated its headquarters to Los Angeles, California from Cleveland, Ohio. The company was started in Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day 2010 and has quickly grown to 76 cities nationwide. In additional news, the company also announced expansion of its core services to include personal driver services for medical appointments; pick-up and drop-off for airport, elderly care and car repair transportation; event and shopping excursions; executive transportation and family carpools. Rates will continue to range from $14-19.50/hr. depending on geography.
BeMyDD offers an alternative to ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, with a range of affordable services where professional, experienced chauffeurs operate the customer's own vehicle. Services are priced at pre-determined rates free of surge pricing or other surprise fees. Complementary with the service, BeMyDD provides primary insurance while operating its customers cars which includes theft protection as well as US$2 million commercial auto policy that covers it's customers' vehicles' and rental cars if a BeMyDD driver is at fault.
BeMyDD offers a Personal Driver Service, where a professional driver arrives at the client's home and chauffeurs them anywhere they want to go using the client's own car. Making multiple stops if necessary, the driver waits in the car and takes the client back home when they are ready. The Personal Driver Service costs US$14-US$19.50/hour, depending on geography, and has a three-hour minimum. Reservations for this service need to be made ahead of time through BeMyDD.com, by calling +1 (877) U-BeMyDD (823-6933), or by downloading and using the mobile app (iOS and Android).
"We have found that many of our clients, have been using our personal driver services for more than just a fun night on the town, said Arthur Simanovsky, president and CEO of BeMyDD. "Clients have found that using BeMyDD for routine medical appointments and outpatient medical transportation, airport transportation as well as family carpools to be more cost effective than traditional limos, taxis or other ride-sharing services and provide the discretion, safety, personal service and higher-end comfort that our clients demand. Where else can you find safe, reliable and luxury round-trip transportation to the airport for less than $90?"
The company will continue to offer its designated driver pick-up services services and just expand its range of personal driver services. If an individual has driven to a location and does not want to drive home, they can contact BeMyDD and make a reservation using the BeMyDD mobile app for the company's Pick-Up Service. The service costs US$25 for pick-up and US$3.45 per mile with a US$45 minimum. As part of BeMyDD's Pick-Up Service, the company will dispatch two drivers, one to take the client and their car home and a second to follow behind to retrieve the BeMyDD driver.
The average age of a BeMyDD driver is 51, and the company requires every driver to have at least 10 years of professional driving experience, complete an in-person interview and undergo very comprehensive background checks. Many drivers hold a commercial driver's license (CDL).
To ensure a "white glove" customer experience, BeMyDD operates a U.S.-based customer service center that clients can contact to make reservations, confirm details, and ask questions about the service or a driver. The service center operates 9 AM to midnight EST Sunday through Thursday and 9 AM to 2 AM EST Friday and Saturday. Customers are also able to request specific drivers whom they have hired in the past with BeMyDD. Additionally, women are able to request a female driver if they so prefer.
The company will be launching these new services in Orange County and Los Angeles California through an integrated marketing and advertising campaign in Coast Magazine (March), Laguna Beach Magazine (March), Newport Beach Magazine (April), BASK (April) and LOCALE Magazines (May) with special promotions for $49 for a four-hour personal driver service (a 34% discount) using special promo codes found in these ads/inserts or promo code: OCLA. More information on the BeMyDD Orange County and LA promotions can be found at www.BeMyDD.com/OCLA.
Founded in 2010, BeMyDD (Be My Designated Driver) is the nation's largest designated driver service, currently operating in 76 markets in 31 states. This convenient, safe, reliable and affordable alternative transportation service provides a chauffeur at a discounted rate by driving the customer's automobile. Professional, experienced drivers are fully background-screened, interviewed and insured by ByMyDD and wear formal business attire. The company has national partnerships with leading liquor and wine companies such as Brown-Forman to promote social responsibility. To schedule a professional driver, go to BeMyDD.com, call +1 (877) U-BeMyDD (823-6933), or download the mobile app. To learn more, visit www.BeMyDD.com and follow us on Facebook; LinkedIn; Google+; YouTube; Instagram and Twitter.
Michael E. Donner
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
+1 (561) 406 9090
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