The majority of principal attacks occur in or around vehicles, according to studies. A successful executive protection program depends on security drivers, according to Threat.
As well as being able to use a vehicle’s performance capabilities better, a security-trained driver offers other advantages. It is estimated that most executives and those planning their trips are unaware of the risks associated with ground transportation, and the security driver’s role should go far beyond merely providing a chauffeur. Even if specialized security drivers possess a lot of technical knowledge, it represents just a small part of their capabilities.
When working in unfamiliar locations, security drivers provide much more than just driving high-performance vehicles.
Security drivers reduce risks from the very start of a mission through pre-mission planning. Furthermore, they may have access to tools that track their driving and offer ongoing supervision, which can help them maintain a certain level of situational awareness. Those who require emergency medical care can get it from a medical professional.
Executives of an organization need to consider asset protection strategies that support their productivity and travel. A business leader values his or her time, and this is especially true when driving. Security drivers can avoid disruptive situations, which will decrease the chance of them encountering disruptions, distractions, or itinerary changes that may cause them to lose productivity.
Selecting a Security-Trained Driver
It is impossible to define security-trained driver in a formal sense, and no authoritative organization whose credentials can be trusted exists. There is a wide variety of security chauffeurs, ranging from drivers who have served in the military for over 20 years to taxi drivers who have taken defensive driving courses.
Security services provided by ground solutions must be properly screened. Determine their security credentials by asking the following questions:
- What specialized skills or experience do drivers possess related to their profession?
- Do they have any experience with security-oriented driving courses?
- Have they handled medical emergencies before?
- What is their experience at managing operational risks?
You can use these questions to eliminate providers who loosely use this designation. We have listed a few questions for you to consider. The degree of satisfaction you have with the provider’s response will determine whether their solution is appropriate for your particular needs.
- Do background checks on drivers occur initially and periodically?
- Before pickup, will I receive any information about my driver?
- Is he familiar with the local area?
- Is he familiar with how to prepare?
- Is he familiar with the use of situational awareness in real-time?
- During ground movements, how will I be able to see the location of my principal and the driver?
- In addition to safety and security, is my driver capable of providing the level of discretion and service my executive requires?
You can use the following framework if your ground transportation needs are outsourced or you have an internal drive. In some cases, a combination of the two solutions may be appropriate due to the differences in needs and locations between organizations.
There is no one right approach to selecting a security chauffeurs. When planning your executive movements, it is important to be aware of the true risks associated with ground transportation, as well as how to choose the best mitigation solution to minimize these risks.