Tractor trailer truck drivers must have Class A Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 26,001 pounds, if the towed vehicle is over 10,000 pounds as well. Since these drivers are responsible for safely handling multiple large vehicles, it’s essential to hire only the most qualified and trustworthy candidates. Go beyond the pre-employment screening and be confident in your hiring decisions with these three must-haves to look for in a CDL A driver:

  1. Ability to Problem Solve

CDL A drivers are alone out on the road and are responsible for safely operating and transporting large vehicles; therefore, look for candidates that have demonstrated an ability to work autonomously and find solutions to things that could possibly go wrong. This includes everything from mechanical failures to customer service issues that occur. You want to be confident that CDL A drivers can not only be able to transport items from point A to point B, but also that they can take unexpected matters into their own hands.

  1. Communication Skills

Since you’ll be separated from your CDL A drivers for much of the time, it is essential that any candidates you consider have excellent communication skills. This will help ensure that there are no miscommunications regarding your expectations and that you’re fully aware of any issues that occur unexpectedly so you can help them reprioritize as necessary. Having good communication between you and your drivers can also help you foster an effective professional relationship that improves productivity, morale, and retention.

  1. Attitude

A positive and engaged attitude is the difference between a satisfactory driver and one that goes above and beyond. Ideally, your CDL A drivers should have an outstanding work ethic that comes from an internal sense of responsibility. They should take the job seriously, by sticking to safety rules, adhering to deadlines, providing excellent customer service, and caring for all equipment and cargo.

Attract top CDL A drivers by turning to Contracted Driver Services. As an experienced staffing firm that specializes in transportation and supply chain industries, we have been serving clients since 2001. Our industry expertise means we can make informed evaluations in order to find the most qualified drivers. Learn more about the services CDS provides employers.