Being a truck driver requires a particular type of skilled individual. Someone who can handle the demands of driving alone for several hours in various road conditions. The rigours of driving commercial vehicles can take a toll on less qualified drivers, making them a danger to other drivers or pedestrians on the road. Here are a few things to consider when screening for the ideal commercial truck driver for your business.
- Responsible – It’s essential to get a commercial truck driver who has a sense of responsibility. Look for a person who is punctual, courteous to clients, and is careful in handling goods and equipment. Hire someone who adheres to safe driving requirements and best practices.
- Enduring – A driver should have good physical stamina and mental endurance. He may be required to lift heavy materials and spend extended periods in uncomfortable positions. He may be away from home and from his family for weeks at a time. A dedicated commercial truck driver must have grit to thrive in this demanding industry.
- Alert – A driver must always be alert and responsive to driving conditions on the road. Thus, he must pass vision tests and distinguish changing road conditions. In Ontario, drivers must have 20/30 with both eyes open or 20/100 in the weaker eye, with or without corrective lenses. Good hand eye coordination is a must to drive safely.
- Calm – Truck driving is one of the more stressful occupations because of the deadlines that need to be met and the physical and emotional toll it can take on a person. A commercial truck driver should be able to manage stress from work and family due to the demanding nature of the job.
- Licensed – A driver should first and foremost be qualified to drive a commercial vehicle. This requires an understanding of road rules, street signs, and appropriate behaviour for the safety of the driver and the people around him. For a person to drive a truck in Ontario, he must have a commercial license. The type of license required will depend on the weight of the vehicle, whether it is a tractor-trailer, and whether it is equipped with air brakes. Driving heavy trucks will require a Class D truck license.
- A Good Driving Record – A truck driver must have an excellent driving history to provide the trucking company assurances of safety for all drivers, vehicles, and freight. Good drivers are also cheaper to insure resulting in savings for the company.
- Knowledge of Truck Mechanics – A driver should know the basics of truck operation and maintenance as well as being able to perform basic emergency repairs such as changing a tire. He must be aware of gauges, dials or other indicators to make sure a machine is functioning properly. If a driver is required to transport hazardous materials (HAZMAT), he must undergo additional testing.
Finding a qualified commercial truck driver for your business doesn’t have to be a guessing game. If you know what qualities to look for, you will be able to consistently hire great drivers and keep your attrition rate low. You can count on them to deliver goods safely and on time. You will also be confident that they will remain professional in their interactions with your suppliers and clients. This will result in considerable savings for your company since you lower the risks of accidents and don’t have to train new drivers each time.
Thomas Solutions offers straight truck rentals in Ontario. Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your truck or fleet rental and maintenance needs. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of straight trucks and work vehicles for lease or rent. We service all of Southern Ontario from our locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara, as well as through our growing list of service partners.