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Driver Turnover and What Motor Carriers Can Do to Retain Drivers

Most commercial truck drivers usually make their decisions to quit a motor carrier and move on in the first six months of employment. A recent study by DriverIQ determined that almost 90% of drivers decide to stay or quit in the first six months and 71% of drivers were with the company less than one year. Why do drivers quit and move on to another carrier, when many carriers seem to offer similar benefits and utilize the same hiring strategies? Let us look at the top reasons drivers are likely to quit after only a few months of employment.

Recruiting Commercial Truck Drivers and strategies to retain them

If you have been in the trucking industry any length of time you have heard of the industry’s need for qualified drivers. Recruiting drivers is an ever-evolving landscape and it is important that motor carriers can adapt and make changes when needed. The shortage of qualified drivers requires recruiting managers to be creative, honest, and really understand the drivers needs and expectations. Drivers are not all the same. Drivers may share similar needs, but their needs are often in a different pecking order in terms of significance.

Safety scorecards for motor carriers and drivers

I’ve witnessed firsthand the evolution of safety protocols in the industry. In my initial years, I relied solely on personal experiences to identify motor carriers for inspection, discerning between the commendable and the concerning. However, around 1998, the FMCSA initiated a pivotal shift by providing CMV enforcement officers access to inspection data. This allowed for more informed decisions regarding which motor carriers warranted inspection, based on past performance metrics such as inspections, crashes, and Inspection Selection Scores (IIS).

Winter Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

How do these truck drivers do it? Driving a 72ft vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000lbs in treacherous conditions sounds intimidating. Navigating safely relies on common sense, but it’s equally important to offer effective training and consistent reminders to drivers. This ensures they are well-prepared for various conditions. Let us review some of these winter driving tips for drivers.

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