We’ve been hearing buzz about autonomous cars for almost a century now, with the dreams of a self-driving car for everyday use showing up in fictional accounts of the future in the 1930’s. As we saw the promises of other once far-fetched inventions come to fruition, we’ve continued to wait for the reality of an autonomous vehicle. Each year it seems that we are given more exciting updates about the encroaching arrival of truly autonomous vehicles on our streets, but so far test vehicles have yet to give way to a functioning consumer product.
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.
We’ve been in the business of finding savings for fleet managers for 13 years now. And in that time, one thing we’ve heard again and again is that their efforts to find savings is one of the key factors on which they’re assessed.
For some, the ability to cut costs is often what decides whether they get a year-end bonus. That’s why we’ve created our new white paper, “A Fleet Manager’s Guide to Bigger Bonuses,” designed to help managers identify efficiencies and bring down costs, even after they think they’ve tried every possible strategy.
That’s Jim Runk, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck, describing the nation’s driver shortage to York Daily Record newspaper in November.
That shortage is expected to grow to 73,500 next year, and the American Trucking Association is recommending a number of ways to recruit more drivers:
- Raising salaries
- Offering more amenities
- Lobbying Congress to lower the interstate driving age from 21 to 18 Continue reading Searching For Qualified Truck Drivers? Hire a Veteran
Anyone who owns or manages a fleet of trucks will eventually be faced with the decision to sell them or attempt to fix them. Trucks are undoubtedly sturdy machines yet they can’t outrun the march of time.
Let’s take a look at a few tips that will help you determine if your trucks should be fixed or if they should be sold.
Making the Decision to Fix
When debating whether to fix your trucks or sell them, the decision is often simplified by economics. A company may just decide that it just can’t afford expensive repairs and opt to sell. Continue reading Do I Need to Repair My Trucks, Or Just Sell Them?
How important are accurate odometer mileage readings? Many consider accurate odometer readings to be one of the most important parts of effective fuel management. Accurate mileage gives a fleet manager a much clearer picture for many important aspects of his or her fleet including vehicle repair and replacement, diesel fuel consumption and fuel economy. If a fleet manager has access to accurate mileage he can make critical decisions for the fleet.