Tips for Avoiding Accidents in a Commercial Vehicle
You may know that Premier Coach Works Auto and RV Body Shop is an expert in collision repair, restoration, maintenance and paint for cars and RVs, but did you know that we specialize in commercial vehicle repair as well? We offer services for fire engines, tractor trailers, vans, buses, box trucks, semi-trucks, dump trucks, construction equipment and more. We place a special emphasis on vehicles from Peterbilt, Kenworth, International, Volve, Freightliner, and many other leading manufacturers. While we have your back when it comes to repairing vehicles in your fleet, it would be better if accidents never happened at all. Most transportation companies have rigorous safety training sessions for their drivers, but at Premier Coach Works, we know that even the best of safety training courses are all but useless if the drivers in question are not right for the job. Here are some tips we have gathered over the years for choosing the right candidates for avoiding accidents.
Do a Road Test
Fleets that have a minimal two hour road test as part of the selection process have a better chance of seeing a driver’s longtime habits than those who have a shorter test or no test at all. If you see that a driver exhibits good judgment and careful driving over a long period of time, it is more likely that this behavior is a real part of this driver’s life. The most skilled drivers prove their prowess every time they are behind the wheel.
Do a Background Check
Background checks are all but standard these days, but many people get hired in spite of their background, and the company pays in the long run for any mistake an employee makes. Whatever your corporate policies are regarding criminal history, your main focus should be on driving history. Do not be afraid to contact former employers and have them rate the employee’s driving. The applicant may be the perfect fit in every other way, but if they have been at fault for accidents in their commercial vehicle, you may want to avoid hiring them. Look at their job history as well and pay attention to how often they changed employers. A recent Liberty Mutual Insurance study of trucking companies revealed that drivers with six or fewer employment changes in a ten year period had a 14 percent lower crash rate than drivers with higher turnover.
While this goes in hand with a background check, it is important to look at an applicant’s driving history, on the clock and off. A chronic speeder in a personal vehicle probably carries over those habits to a commercial vehicle. Avoid hiring anyone with more than two moving violations in the past three years and do not hire anyone who has been at fault in an accident more than once in three years. Remember, you have to trust this person with your vehicle, so be very picky about who that person is.
Even the best of drivers can end up in an accident, especially when other motorists take careless driving risks around commercial vehicles. When these things happen, bring your vehicle to Premier Coach Works for the best repair at the best rate. We are a full service body shop that gives extra care to the commercial vehicles that give so much back to the community. It does not matter if the vehicle needs repair for just wear and tear or if it needs full collision repair, Premier Coach Works is available with 24/7 assistance. We are your Phoenix big rig body shop. For more information, visit us online or call us at 623-935-6678.