Fleet drivers are in high demand across the industry. As operations try to fill vacancies, they need to make sure they are hiring the right drivers to join their staff. Take a look at some of the top qualities hiring managers should look for when selecting new drivers.
Fleet operations need truck drivers who are reliable and trustworthy. They need to be able to count on drivers to arrive when scheduled and follow their routes in a timely and efficient manner.
Drivers need to show up for their routes on-time. Whether they are making deliveries or driving a bus route, drivers need to be able to start their routes at a specific time to keep the fleet operation running efficiently.
Fleet operations need drivers who will be safe on the roads. Making sure drivers are alert and aware of their surroundings is a key quality to look for in new hires. Drivers need to be able to focus on the road and tune out other distractions, while also anticipating the movements of other drivers on the road. Possessing these qualities can help ensure drivers will take safety precautions when driving their routes.
Good Driving Record
It goes without saying that drivers need to have clean driving records. Before hiring a driver, fleet operations need to ensure the prospective hires have a spotless driving record, both to make sure they are hiring a safe, responsible driver, and also to avoid higher insurance premiums.
Excellent Vision and Hearing
All drivers should undergo vision and hearing tests prior to being hired to ensure they are cleared to legally and safely operate a vehicle.
Good Communication Skills
Make sure potential drivers have good communication skills so they can represent the operation well when speaking with customers. Having good communication skills also enables drivers to relate well to management and co-workers, as they are better able to convey messages and issues.
While drivers don’t have to be technicians, it helps to have drivers who have minimal mechanical knowledge to be able to detect and convey any potential issues with the vehicle. Knowing something is wrong with the vehicle early on before it becomes a larger issue is key to keeping vehicles on the road. Also, having drivers be able to explain problems they are experiencing with the vehicle will help technicians be able to better diagnose the issue.
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