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Transportation Safety

Tips for Driver Selection and Driver Performance Solutions

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Driver Selection Tips

Determine who drives on behalf of the company and who is authorized to operate company vehicles. This typically includes individuals falling into these categories:

  1. Drivers of non-commercial vehicles owned or leased by the company.

  2. Drivers of company-owned commercial vehicles regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that do not require a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

  3. Drivers of company-owned commercial vehicles regulated by the DOT that require a CDL.

  4. Employees using their personal or rented vehicles for company-related purposes.

  5. Non-employees, such as family members, utilizing company-owned vehicles. Certain selection procedures suggested by CNA apply universally to all drivers, while other criteria are tailored to specific driver types and vehicle classifications.

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Selection Procedures for All Drivers

  • Ensure that all drivers possess an up-to-date and valid driver’s license.

  • Validate that the license corresponds to the type of vehicle they intend to operate.

  • Set age and experience limitations in accordance with the scope of driving duties.

  • Assess drivers’ Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) against predefined acceptability standards prior to granting driving privileges. Whenever feasible, request a five-year history of the MVR.

  • Conduct MVR checks at least annually for drivers currently engaged in company-related vehicle operations.

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Driver Performance Solutions

Step 1:  Implement an effective driver selection process.

Step 2: Monitor your drivers.

Step 3: Understand your coverages, risks and exposures.


5 tips to reduce distracted driving in your company:

  1. Complete a risk analysis to identify and mitigate distractions most applicable to your drivers.

  2. Implement a written policy on avoiding distractions and cell phone use while driving.

  3. Prohibit the use of cell phones when operating any vehicle on company business through the use of cell- blocking technology.

  4. Build time in your drivers’ schedules to allow for them to make and receive necessary calls.

  5. Train all drivers on the key concept of keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes and mind on the road.

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