Commercial drivers are the ones who are most exposed to risk because of their daily travel and goods and equipment they carry. They are more prone to accidents and other inevitable issues on the road due to their scope of work and job requirement.
As a business owner, you are responsible and liable to whatever your drivers are being exposed, too. You must make sure that they are deemed safe at all times especially when they perform their job. Here are stops to help identify your safer drivers:
1. Assess The Driver’s Motor Vehicle Record (MVR)
Every employee has a history, and so does your driver. During the hiring process, you must prioritize assessing and checking the driver’s record to see if:
• They meet your standards
• They know the policy and the guidelines of being a commercial driver
• To have a personal record in the company for easier monitoring
2. Evaluate Your Driver’s Performance
Every business wants to have a trainable and reliable driver. Since you cannot be with your driver at all times, it is deemed necessary that you monitor their performance based on what they can deliver, they behavior, and how they go about certain situations.
• All the accidents and incidents they have been to
• Get a chance to ride-along to see how your driver is on the road
• Submit reports and work monitoring
• Review how they use commercial vehicles – if they maintain cleanliness, orderliness, and proper vehicle maintenance
• If they know all the rules of the road mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOT)
3. Avoid Driver Fatigue
It is not easy to drive especially with a heavy vehicle and long trips. As an employer, you must also be aware of the current health condition of your drivers to avoid fatigues and accidents on the road that can lead to a more significant issue.
• Craft a work schedule that is fair for your client and your driver; if possible, have a shifting plan
• Give training and individual assistance to your drivers
• Make sure that your drivers adhere to all the rules of the road and the DOT
• Have a written policy of what they should follow and be transparent of all the guidelines
• Encourage drivers to make sure that they understand the symptoms of fatigue and sleep disorders
4. Promote Healthy Living For Drivers
Health is wealth and ensuring that your drivers are healthy is a must to keep them in the long run. The DOT requires a medical health certification to assure that your drivers are fit to work and in an excellent condition.
Making sure that your drivers are safe and in a good state is a must. In this way, you are sure that they can deliver and put their work as one of their priorities.