Tips for Choosing Fleet Drivers

A good driver is a crucial part of every fleet business. Fleet managers need to think long and hard before hiring drivers since they are very important in improving their business. A veteran driver allows a company to achieve better results in fleet management such as efficient fuel usage, reduced maintenance costs and a better company image. Drivers need to be considered as investments for any fleet business and that’s why there should be a detailed recruitment process for them. This’ll increase the overall quality of your drivers and the operating conditions of your business.

Choosing the right driver is important when it comes to protecting your business and as well as the public considering driver related issues are responsible for 90% all highway accidents. When you hire the best drivers, you don’t have to worry about company image. Hiring drivers should be a rigorous process and you should treat it with as much care as recruiting your executives.
A preliminary application form should include detailed information about the applicant's experience on the road such as miles driven, accident record, equipment operated, criminal record and most importantly driving experience. They will be the key elements in your business and they should be equipped with the appropriate skills. If you make it a habit of hiring good drivers, your payload will be arriving in time, your fleet will be more reliable and this will improve overall customer satisfaction.

Fleet managers should conduct a detailed background screening to their driver applicants. This process needs to be comprehensive and includes professional and personal motor vehicle records of the driver. Being a fleet driver is a demanding job and that’s why managers need to select drivers who can handle it. You should check for recurring and current issues as to whether the driver is suitable for operating a fleet vehicle. These applicants need to be carefully vetted before allowing to operate heavy machinery or drive a fleet vehicle as they will be publicly representing the company.
The candidates should present any certifications they have especially if you are hauling dangerous materials.You should test the driving skills of each driver with a written test and a road test. How they switch lanes, if they are aggressive behind the wheel or if they pay attention to security measures and public safety is critical in the recruitment process.

As a manager, you should put it into writing and make the rules as clear as possible. This way your drivers will know their boundaries and perform better at their job.
It will also make a fleet manager’s life easier since you won’t have to deal with liability cases such as accidents, false overtime or fuel claims. You should carefully screen your employees to make sure if they are following the rules and take the necessary action if they are not. Frequent company meetings and training sessions will help with the adjustment process for new drivers and learn any problems they are experiencing in order to fix them and improve the working conditions. As you can see selecting a driver for your fleet or business can be tedious and stressful but once you find the right drivers for your fleet and train them well, your business will benefit from it tremendously.

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