It almost goes without saying that your company should conduct a driving record check for any candidate who will be driving a company vehicle. After all, you assume all liability for drivers who operate equipment for business purposes. If you want to mitigate your risk, checking a candidate’s driving record is an essential step.
Personal driving data–points, violations, and accidents, for instance–can help you eliminate unsafe drivers as candidates. In some states, convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not on a criminal court record and can only be revealed through a DMV check.
Add to these reasons the fact that a driving record can also provide great insight into a candidate’s character, such as drug and alcohol use, dangerous driving habits, and general irresponsibility.
Those are just some of the reasons to check DMV Driving Records before you make a job offer. But does it make sense to continue the monitoring after they have become your employees?
The workforce has shifted
In recent years, millennials–those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000’s–have become nearly half of the workforce. Many of these twenty and thirty-somethings are choosing to take on a second job. And while the moonlighting isn’t necessarily bad news for employers, it could become a problem if something happens at the other job that you should know about.
For instance, suppose the employee has an accident or receives a DUI while driving for the other company. This is information that could potentially affect your business. But you won’t find out about it unless you are continuously monitoring them.
Past behavior does not always predict future behavior
While a pre-employment check looks at a candidate’s past behavior, it can’t predict current or future actions. With continuous driver monitoring, however, you’ll have real-time updates whenever an employee is caught speeding, driving recklessly, or driving under the influence. This is critical information if the employee drives on behalf of your company.
There are other good reasons to continue monitoring
There can be substantial financial benefits to employing a monitoring program, considering that the average motor vehicle crash costs an employer $16,500. By tracking the driving habits of every worker who drives for your business, you can quickly take action against anyone who has shown a pattern of infractions, no matter how minor, or has recently had a particularly troubling violation.
Also, keep in mind that continuous monitoring programs can act as a deterrent, encouraging your workers to drive safely and avoid losing their job.
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