There are many options for transportation to and from the prom. Some of the options include the family car, your car, a limo, a highway bus, a rented van, a chauffeured van, an RV, and even a horse and buggy. The primary concern, no matter what form of transportation your choose, is safety. Since we are all the best drivers on the road, we want to beware of the other drivers who might not be as good as we are. So, the safest option is to have someone else do the driving and to make sure that this person is qualified for the task. Secondarily, you might want to consider convenience and style.
The family car is an option. If you consider this option, you might choose to ask an older brother or sister, an aunt or uncle to be the chauffeur for the evening.
There are Town Cars, that seat about 4 people, stretch limos , that seat about six people, super and super-super stretch limos that seat more than six people. The bigger they are the more costly they are. But, the bigger they are the more people that they will hold and, if you are splitting the bill with other riders, the cost per person might be within your price range. Some companies even have converted RVs that hold about 30 people. Get out the phone book and check a few different companies.
Car rental companies rent 15 passenger vans. Most car rental companies either have a surcharge for renting to a person under 25 years of age or do not rent to anyone under 25 at all. This could still be an option if you had an older brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or if your parents wanted to serve as the chauffeur for the night.
Rented Van With Driver
Many bus companies have smaller busses and vans that they rent out with their driver. These vehicles can handle from 14 to about 30 people. The cost per person for this option could be very affordable.
The highway bus has a few more luxury items built into it that your standard NFTA city bus or the old yellow school bus (these might be less stylish options also). This vehicle seats about 50 people. One advantage of this option is that you are carrying your own party on the road with you. The cost of the vehicle for the night might be high, but the cost per person might be very reasonable. The bus company might also be open to picking up your people and dropping off your people at various locations. It would be extremely time consuming to pick up 50 people at 50 different locations.
Horse and Buggy
Although we have seen some prom goers arrive in a horse and buggy, this option takes a good deal of planning and can turn out to be a very expensive option. The horse and buggy has a top speed of about 7 miles a hour which puts it out of range for many prom sites. Some prom committees have hired a horse and buggy to give their prom attendees a short ride during the prom. The companies who rent these vehicles can advise you best on your options.
Companies who provide transportation for proms are interested in providing you with the safest option for your prom night. Each year we hear of an isolated case of a driver from one of these companies is not prepared to safely provide the contracted service. When you are contracting for transportation be sure to get an after hours phone number of someone at the company that you can call in the case that you have a problem with your driver. When the driver gets to your house, have him or her meet the folks and make sure that everyone is comfortable.
Know Your Plans
When you are making reservations for prom transportation, it is best to know your plans for the evening before hand. Many of the above options have variables of time and/or mileage that might enter into the pricing structure. So, if you spend a little time upfront with your fellow passengers, you might save some time negotiating your transportation deal.
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