One of the biggest challenges carriers have to overcome is the stigma associated with the traditional driver orientation and onboarding process. Typically, drivers can look forward to long bus rides, sharing rooms with strangers, eating fast food lunches and dinners and watching boring, outdated videos.
Now that many carriers have made the switch from paper logs to ELDs, these fleets are looking for ways to get the most bang for their buck. ELDs provide benefits not only with Hours of Service management, but also in a number of ways that can improve the fleet's overall safety and compliance.
There is virtually no fleet today that wouldn't hire or activate a quality driver if made available to them. The driver shortage is driving demand so aggressively, it becomes tempting for companies to compromise their core values in order to fill seats that drive revenue.
Monitoring and responding to driver performance is critical to the safety of your fleet and sustainability of your company. How do carriers make sure ALL of their drivers are performing in the safest manner possible? One way is to monitor driver performance via driver scorecards.
One of the most dangerous situations to occur on the road is when a driver becomes fatigued. The Hours of Service (HOS) rules for truck drivers exist for this very reason, but they're NOT fool-proof. Carriers – and all their employees – need to be involved in the education and acknowledgement of driver fatigue and its side effects so to ensure the safety of themselves and everyone on the road with them.
Attracting truck drivers to your company and getting them to click the "apply now" button is only the beginning of the hiring process. Motivating drivers to provide the required information quickly and efficiently is the first step in determining if they are qualified to work for you.