Executive Driver – 4 Questions To Ask Before Hiring One

July 2, 2014 - By Christian West

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Companies that hire executive drivers – both at home and abroad – need to ask some tough questions before anyone gets in the car. Learn how to ask the questions that executive protection experts ask BEFORE you hire your next driver.

Many companies conduct background checks before they hire even entry-level staff, then require regular drug testing once they are on board. They have their good reasons to do so, of course. But if it makes sense to do it for everyone from the new guy in account receivables to the experienced machine operator, what about the people who are driving for the top brass?

In our experience as executive protection experts, corporate travel and security departments are often too easy on transportation companies. They have the right to know about the drivers they hire, and they have the duty to ask some tough questions.

Here are the four questions that we encourage everyone to start asking before they hire their next executive driver:

  • Can we see an up-to-date background check on the driver you proposed we use? We understand that there isn’t always time for a full background check, but ask the question and demand at least some kind of background check. You are signaling that you take security seriously. If the company cannot provide anything at all on a specific driver, are you sure you want to use that company and that driver?
  • Would you please describe the driver’s training and experience? Look for modules and certification in protective driving, safe driving, winter driving, 4WD driving and pretty much anything else in addition to a standard driver’s license. In addition to information any formal training, you also need to get a description of his driving experience and history. Again, the answer to your question may be less than a complete CV, but if the answer is a blank you should consider taking your business elsewhere.
  • It’s important for our executives that their drivers are sober and drug-free. Ask to see the results of a recent drug test for the driver, and how the company makes sure that he is sober. I know we’re asking a lot here, but we all know the story of Princess Diana. Ask the question and see how they answer it!
  • All drivers – with absolutely no exceptions – need to work under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). This makes sense from a security point of view and from a business perspective – you don’t necessarily want to broadcast whom your executives are meeting when or where. So be sure to submit your NDA form and ask for the driving company’s and your driver’s signatures.

Are you already asking these questions? Let us know what you think.

And be sure to check out our blog on the ROI of an executive protection driver, too.

Christian West

Founder and CEO

Christian has been active in the executive protection industry since the late 1980s, when he worked for Danish musicians who relocated to Hollywood. Upon returning to Denmark, he founded his own EP company, which he quickly grew into Scandinavia’s largest, before it was acquired by Securitas.

Christian founded AS Solution in 2003, and again in 2009 followed his international clients to the US, where he is now based. An active member of ASIS and a leader in the corporate executive protection industry, Christian has personally planned and led high-profile engagements in over 76 countries for a wide variety of corporate and high net worth individual clients, including the international roadshow for the biggest IPO in history.