Keys to Driver Retention

December 12, 2022

Trucker's Corner

Improve your experience on the road with these tips to keep your truck healthy.

More drivers than ever are switching companies in pursuit of better benefits or striking out on their own as independent contractors. That means more open spots for new drivers, but truck driver retention across all commercial trucking industries is a challenge that trucking companies will need to face sooner rather than later. The good news is that it’s easier than you might think to reverse the trend! Let’s take a look at some of the most effective strategies to improve driver retention in trucking.

6 Ways to Boost Driver Retention for Your Business

  1. Prioritize safety. Driver retention in trucking begins with the best equipment! International trucks provide driver-focused innovations inside and out, from exterior designs that enhance visibility to Air Disc Brakes that deliver powerful stopping performance. Just take a look at how the most recent upgrades to the International LT and S13 models can help your drivers stay safe and drive with confidence.
  2. Provide easy and convenient access to service. Mechanical issues while on the road are unavoidable, so you’ll want to make it as easy as possible for your drivers to get their vehicles serviced. Thanks to International’s partnership with Love’s, drivers can access more service bays than any other brand in North America.
  3. Empower your drivers with connected vehicle technology. With the latest International 360 connected vehicle technology close at hand, your drivers can stay updated on the status of their trucks and get back on the road faster. With OnCommand Connection, drivers can access important info in seconds: fault code reporting and severity ratings, comprehensive vehicle health reports, dealer on-hand inventory of needed parts, GPS mapping with nearby service centers, hotels, and more!
  4. Provide access to training resources. Truck technology is evolving quickly, so make sure that your drivers are prepared to operate the latest tech and performance features. Ongoing training helps to keep drivers engaged and up-to-date.
  5. Offer competitive benefits. If other workplaces are offering better working conditions, truck driver retention will suffer. Drivers are looking for benefits like paid time off, bonuses to reward extra work or exceptional performance, and health insurance. If this sounds costly, consider that the cost of recruiting and onboarding when driver retention drops is likely to be even more!
  6. Reward your drivers for great work. Finally, be sure to recognize people for a job well done. A little recognition goes a long way toward boosting morale and encouraging your team to excel.

Learn More About Driver Retention in Trucking

Looking for more strategies on truck driver retention at your company? Stay updated on industry news or reach out to a International Used Truck Centers location near you for more information.

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