Category Archives: driver

Is Fueling Time Impacting Your Drivers’ Availability?

Time is money, how many times have we all heard that? We all know it’s true, particularly when it comes to fleet management. The recent changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations have definitely created some challenges for companies that need to maximize their drivers’ productivity.

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How to Improve Your Truck Driver’s Retention and Job Satisfaction

Companies that run an active fleet may have some of the highest turnover rates among any industry. You can joke and say that truck drivers are inherently nomadic and this may well factor into the issue, the real core of the problem is that there are very few companies that can successfully create a rewarding environment of maintenance, policies, company culture, and pay rate to make these valuable professional drivers feel at home. Fleets across the country have been striving to find better ways to improve driver retention. However, better than any big new facilities or impressive looking policies is actually listening to your drivers, meeting their expectations, and providing what they really want and need from a fleet employer. To help you get ahead on driver retention improvements, here are a few insights into what will really make a difference to your drivers.

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Dealing With the USDOT Mandatory Electronic Log Requirement – Best Practices

MAP-21 became law in 2012 – and one of its provisions was the electronic log requirement. These logs are used to enforce hours-of-service regulations and thus improve driver safety by reducing fatigue. There have been some fears amongst truckers that the new requirement will force smaller carriers out of business. However, those already following safe practices will benefit, and so will everyone else who shares the road with them.

There are some exemptions:

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Is Your Fuel Management Ready for Winter?

Every year the transportation industry faces new challenges during the winter months, and this year is no different.  Among those challenges, many states have mandated biodiesel blends while many have mandated idling restrictions. To add to that, fleet fuel prices are rising, and weather forecasters are predicting a colder and snowier winter than any in recent memory. And with the early showing of winter weather in many states, they may be right.

Truck breakdowns are certainly more prevalent during the cold winter months, and proper care and maintenance is critical to keep your fleet rolling. Here are a few tips that can help you stay on the road with as few problems as possible:

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Even the FBI Hasn’t Investigated Their Fuel Purchases

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General recently released their audit findings regarding the FBI’s fleet fuel procurement program.  A number of deficiencies were identified with the FBI’s purchasing controls including not verifying quantities and prices invoiced by their fuel suppliers.  You might find it surprising that the FBI didn’t pay close attention to these details but fuel management is obviously not one of their core competencies.  In fact, it’s easy to do a web search and find many government audit reports that identify significant issues with their associated departments’ fuel procurement procedures.

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Does Fueling Time Reduce Your Drivers’ Availability?

Time is money, how many times have we all heard that? We all know it’s true, particularly when it comes to fleet management and Hours of Service (HOS) regulations can create challenges for companies that need to maximize their drivers’ productivity.

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Is Fueling Time Impacting Your Drivers Availability?

Time is money, how many times have we all heard that? We all know it’s true, particularly when it comes to fleet management. The recent changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations have definitely created some challenges for companies that need to maximize their drivers’ productivity.

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Proposed Fuel Tax Increase

Our roads and highways are our major means of transporting goods, providing service, and keeping our fleets moving and our business operating. Our highways need to be maintained and safe for drivers. The funds, which pay for roads, bridges, and transportation projects, come from the Federal Transportation Trust Fund.

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