Though the lack of experienced truck drivers has been a concern for years, the thriving economy is amplifying the problem as transportation companies struggle to meet increasing consumer demands. The Washington Post reports that America will have a shortage of nearly 60,000 truck drivers at the start of 2019, creating shipping delays that will be felt by businesses and individuals alike. To combat this shortage, commercial fleets are desperately trying to attract and retain certified truck drivers. Here are a few new industry trends we’re witnessing as truck driver shortages reach critical levels:
For businesses that operate off the major highways, finding a fuel card company with extensive locations outside of truck stops is essential to minimizing costs and inconvenience. With over 320,000 locations across the United States, it’s easy to refuel up across all 50 states, ensuring that your drivers can get back on the road quickly. In addition, the Voyager card will help you secure and monitor your purchasing and easily track your fuel spend.
Hiring dependable and trustworthy drivers is essential to your business’s success, but how do you know which candidate is the best fit for your company culture? Conducting a background check during the interview process can pinpoint questionable behavior in a driver’s history and ensure that the person you hire can be trusted to represent your company. Here are some tips to help you get started:
As scammers attempt new methods to steal card information, it is important for drivers to join forces with fleet managers to create a fraud prevention strategy. Though optimizing your fuel card controls is the first step to securing your fleet, drivers have the opportunity to stop scammers in their tracks by remaining vigilant on the road. Here are some tips commercial drivers can use to reduce fraud:
According to the FMCSA, truck drivers struggle with obesity at twice the rate of the average American (31% of the average population versus 69% of truck drivers). A combination of unhealthy food and lack of physical activity has a detrimental impact on the human body, but truck drivers can take control of their health by following these travel-friendly tips:
As of December 16, 2017, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that commercial drivers maintain a record of their trips using an electronic logging device (ELD).
According to the FMCSA, the mandate will save the commercial driving industry $1 billion a year via reduced paperwork and labor. Additionally, the FMCSA estimates that new regulations will save 26 lives per year by minimizing driver fatigue. As your company prepares to meet these new standards, here are some guidelines to consider.