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Can background checks help you hire better truckers?

Your fleet of truck drivers in Maryland is an integral part of your company's operation and ability to maintain a successful organization. As such, you spend considerable time recruiting and hiring truckers that reflect the characteristics and qualities that your company strives to uphold. The efforts you put into performing background checks on your candidates, as well as the requirements you establish for them, may be able to provide a better guarantee that they will provide value to your company and not participate in dangerous or negligent driving behaviors. 

A background check only reveals so much about your candidates. This is just the beginning of a process that can help you identify potential red flags. According to Truck Freighter, some of the skills that you should test your drivers on include the following:

  • Turning, braking and parking the truck.
  • Driving in and around high-traffic areas.
  • Coupling and uncoupling the trailer, as well as securing loads the right way.
  • Using various safety controls and identifying how to respond in certain emergency situations. 
  • A thorough understanding of the importance of a pre-trip inspection, as well as the ability to demonstrate how this process is completed.

When reviewing their commercial driving record, you should be looking for information regarding their experience, whether or not they were involved in any prior accidents, the results of any drug tests and even past performance reviews by other employers if accessible. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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