2022 is shaping up to be another challenging year in the trucking industry. Motor carriers can find success in 2022 by using the following best practices.
Daren Hansen - Sr. DOT Editor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
November 19 , 2021
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With the ongoing pandemic, global supply-chain disruptions, and the shortage of drivers, 2022 is shaping up to be another challenging year in the trucking industry.
However, the challenges aren’t insurmountable. Motor carriers can find success in 2022 by using the following best practices.
The shortage of qualified truck drivers may be at an all-time high, but creating a progressive, fair, proactive, safety-minded culture helps entice and keep drivers.
Consider these five best business practices aimed at finding and retaining good drivers in the year ahead:
Commit to “safety first,” including both vehicle and driver safety. Go above and beyond the safety regulations, which are the minimum requirements.
2022 may bring movement toward a structural revamp of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program, but it’s not going away. In fact, in the coming year, you can expect more FMCSA off-site audits than ever before.
Conducting internal audits can help reduce or eliminate roadside inspection violations and crashes and keep your CSA scores low. In turn, this will help prevent fines and penalties, rising insurance rates, and lawsuits. Put safety management controls in place to ensure compliance at all times. This includes:
Watch your CSA data closely. Look for trends in your Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) that point to compliance problems. Then take action to correct them or challenge any violations or crashes that don’t belong on your record.
Driver distraction is a significant and growing highway safety concern, and technology plays an important role in causing and preventing distraction.
As we look to 2022, use these tips to address challenges. And consider using a fleet management system like J. J. Keller® Encompass. It’s helped thousands of fleets improve DOT compliance, hire good drivers, identify poor driving habits, automate hours of service, reduce accidents, and maintain a positive, productive company culture.
It’s a great time to talk with a compliance specialist about new features coming to the Encompass® Platform, including award-winning training, a regulatory library, and a new dual-facing dash cam.
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