Does Your Business Have Qualified Drivers?
If your business has employees that operate company-owned vehicles – or even use their own vehicles for work purposes – you’ll need a process to qualify each driver to ensure maximum safety on the job. Follow along to learn best practices for creating a list of qualified, authorized drivers for your business.
#1 Driver’s License and Driving Record
First, ensure that the employee has the proper license for the type of vehicle they’ll be driving, and then move on to their driving record. How clean does someone’s record need to be? Create criteria and compare the employee’s record to that criteria. Some motor vehicle departments will notify you if your employee’s record changes; check with your state to see if you can enroll for those alerts. If not, schedule times to check employee records periodically throughout the year.
#2 Background, Reference and Past Experience Checks
Next, verify past driving experience with previous employers. Documenting efforts to obtain past crashes and driving performance information can help you make an informed decision on having a prospective employee operate motor vehicles.
#3 Driving Test
Consider adding a driving test part to your process. Since risky behaviors frequently lead to crashes, identifying drivers with aggressive or distractive behaviors can reduce your risk. Possible assessments could include changing lanes, merging, shifting gears, backing, and making turns—all while obeying traffic laws and remaining safe.
#4 Motor Vehicle Operation Expectations
Your company should create expectations for vehicle operation that include policies around distracted driving, seat belts, following distance, speeding, crash reporting, and more. Employees should be aware of the expectations and sign a compliance agreement before operating motor vehicles on company business.
#5 Performance Reviews
Your drivers’ ongoing performance should be measured with telematics, observations, vehicle inspections, and more. It is important to periodically compare a driver’s performance to your expectations and give them feedback. Performance reviews should also involve driving records and compliance with company policies on all parts of a fleet safety program.