Why celebs don't hire chauffeurs

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Washington, June 20 : They're Hollywood's most talked about celebs and have bodyguards escorting them wherever they go. But, when it comes to going behind wheels, the glamorous hotties prefer their Maybachs or Bentleys sans the driver.

There are plenty of reasons why stars would rather drive and get arrested, rather than hire a chauffeur.

And, a few of them have been disclosed by Lindsay Lohan's former security guard.

Younger stars are particularly stubborn when it comes to driving, says Antonio Almeida, a former bodyguard who has worked with everyone from LiLo to Gloria Estefan.

As part of his security service, Almeida tells his clients to avoid driving, a dictum that older clients like Estefan don't question.

Not so LiLo, says Almeida, who remembers accompanying the actress when she first went to the Santa Monica DMV to get her license.

"We all celebrated her license for the first time. Her mother was there, I was there, it was a big deal," E! Online quoted Almeida, as saying.

Almeida also pointed out the zeppelin-size ego most celebrities have.

"They say, 'Screw you! I'M driving my car. It's a thing about control. They want to show off their toys," Almeida said.

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