Cruise Carts has been giving Charlotte free rides since April 2015. These rides are free to Charlotteans because an advertiser has paid to sponsor the cart and spread some brand awareness along with good energy to the city.
If you’ve been a rider, you know that riding in a Cruise Cart is definitely an experience. Zooming around Uptown or South End in an up-fitted golf cart is always a fun time. But have you ever thought what the experience is like for a driver? We asked a few of ours to give you some insight.
What is the best thing about being a Cruise Carts Driver?
“The best thing about being a cruise cart driver is being able to interact with all types of people and learning the city.” – Katie Sohn
“The best thing about being a driver is having the opportunity to talk to so many different people every day. Sparking conversations about their lives, your lives and just natural and positive conversations. It’s fun to see how people genuinely take interest in what you offer when you show interest in them.” – Paulina Quesada
“I enjoy learning my way around Charlotte and meeting people.” – Moose Cooper
Describe a typical interaction with a Cruise Carts Rider?
“A typical interaction with a rider starts with a greeting and just asking about their days. Then, I ask them if they had ever ridden with Cruise Carts, if they say “No” I proceed to tell them a little bit about what we do, who we are and what we believe in as a company. Almost EVERY rider wants to know how the rides are free and that’s when I explain our system and that thanks to the advertiser they are getting a free ride. This leads me into a natural conversation about the advertiser and not a rehearsed sales pitch. After I explain why the ride is free, the riders reactions are priceless and so rewarding as a driver. People automatically get in a better mood, they want to talk to you and lots of times I’ve heard that the ride “makes their day.” – Paulina Quesada
What have you learned about Charlotte by being a Cruise Carts driver?
“I’m learning there really is a lot going on in Charlotte and we also have a lot of tourists. Most of the rides I give are for people that aren’t from here and really don’t know about Cruise Carts, so it’s fun to educate them.” – Katie Sohn
“The major thing I’ve learned about Charlotte from being a Cruise Cart driver is how to move around efficiently. I love that now I know my city better and I can move around without getting lost. I have also learned how the city behaves for big events and different conventions. I have become a bigger part of Charlotte by being involved with Cruise Carts. I have even developed relationships with some Charlotte officials that have openly helped me. I know more facts about the city, from what I’ve researched, but also from talking to people while driving. They learn from me, but most importantly I learn from all of them.” – Paulina Quesada
As you can see, being a Cruise Carts driver can open a lot of doors to meeting new people and exploring this beautiful city or ours. And while the ride is free, the driver still operates on tips – just like a server or a bartender. Next time you’re riding in a Cruise Cart, if your driver is awesome, let them know with a tip!
Interested in becoming a Cruise Carts driver?
Submit an application here: APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT