As a commercial business owner, you have a responsibility to hire safe and conscientious drivers for transporting passengers or goods. Additionally, your drivers can reflect positively or negatively on your company’s image. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to find the competent drivers you need. So where do you start?
First, review a detailed driving record of all candidates prior to beginning the hiring process. Driving records reveal safety performance on the road and can indicate trouble areas a potential employee might have on the road. You can request this information by providing the prospect’s name, address, birth date and driver’s license number to your insurance carrier. Some aspects to look for on a driving record include:
- frequency of accidents or traffic violations
- current history of convictions
- types of convictions, i.e. DWI, reckless driving, speeding, etc.
- suspension of license
Secondly, you can use the same process to monitor your current drivers to ensure each driver you employ maintains a high level of safety on the road. Hiring safe and responsible drivers can reduce accidents on the road and qualify you for lower commercial auto insurance premiums.