What Can You Learn from Checking an Employee’s Driving Record?

Driving records

Hiring an aggressive driver could mean trouble for your company. Are you checking out your employees properly?

When it comes to hiring a potential employee, a background check is absolutely essential. These checks will tell you if the candidate is a good fit for your business and has the skills to do the job required. Many employers check references, work history, criminal records, and education, but there could be something you are missing when you do the standard checks. Have you ever thought about checking driving records? Here are just a few things you could learn from checking a candidate’s driving records.


One of the first things you will learn from a driving record is how responsible the candidate is. While having a DUI on a driving record does not necessarily mean you shouldn’t hire them, it could indicate the candidate is not as responsible as other applicants.

Speeding and Accidents

Accidents do happen, but when they occur frequently, it could mean something else is happening. According to Alertdriving.com, a shocking 90 percent of accidents are caused by human error like speeding or distracted driving. Speeding could mean your candidate is careless with their lives as well as the lives of the other drivers on the road. Speeding and accidents could also indicate that the candidate is reckless and lacks attention to detail.

Suspended License

While a suspended license can occur for many reasons, there are a number of things you can learn about your candidate with this on their record. The first thing it can tell you is about their personality. Failing to pay a traffic ticket and violating a restriction are just two of the many reasons your license may be suspended. These two problems could indicate a lack of organization which might be an important part of the position they are applying for.

Should You Hire a Candidate with a Bad Driving Record?

The answer to this question depends on what the position entails. If you are hiring for a delivery driver or someone who will occasionally drive for your company, you may want to think twice. While a bad record should not automatically disqualify them, you should also think about your business’ reputation and liability for this employee. A driving record can tell you a lot of about a candidate’s behavior both in and out of the workplace.


AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening.

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