How GPS Fleet Tracking Can Help with the Trucker Shortage

8 Feb 2018

Today the driver shortage is hitting fleets hard. In 2014, the trucking industry experienced a shortage of nearly 38,000 drivers. By the year 2024, though, that number is predicted to be much higher, approaching the 175,000 mark, according to the 2015 American Trucking Association’s Driver Shortage Report.

That shifts the paradigm to a large degree forcing trucking fleet owners to look for new ways to not only attract quality drivers to their ranks, but to keep them there once they’ve found them. GPS fleet tracking can help you do just that in all the ways listed below and more.

Monitor Driver Behavior Behind the Wheel and Reward Good Drivers

The flip-side, of course, is that you can correct the negative driving behavior of other drivers. Eliminating drivers who speed, idle excessively, drive aggressively, and otherwise give your business a bad name, allows you to reward the drivers who perform up to your standards with better routes, more time at home, and bonuses.

Plan More Efficient Routes

Keep in mind that keeping quality drivers is as important as attracting them in the first place. GPS fleet tracking can plan highly efficient routes that give your drivers more time at home. That keeps them happy and motivated for the next route.

Ensures Safe Driving by Tracking Hours Behind the Wheel

Rest is important for drivers on the road. It helps them keep their heads clear and reaction times swift, so they can face the various challenges the road will throw at them in a day. GPS tracking can warn you when your drivers are approaching company prescribed thresholds for time behind the wheel, so you can get your driver to either take a break for the sake of his or her health or bed down for the night. This keeps the roads safer and results in fewer lost hours from avoidable accidents.

Help Carriers Recruit Younger Drivers

Another benefit GPS fleet tracking offers is that the high-tech nature of the tracking is something younger drivers find attractive. Adopting GPS technology gives you an advantage in attracting younger drivers other competitors may overlook and can help you build a fleet of young drivers who are loyal to your company because of your high-tech approach to business.

Of course, these are all in addition to the myriad benefits GPS fleet tracking provides on its own, like fuel conservation, insurance discounts, and reduction of unnecessary overtime expenses. If you’re looking for a way to weather the lean days ahead when it comes to available drivers, GPS fleet tracking is an excellent first step. Talk to our experts here at LiveViewGPS to help choose the right GPS fleet tracking products or system for you, your company and your valued fleet drivers. 1-888-544-0494

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