💡 Creating a driver-centric culture could mean better business

💡 Creating a driver-centric culture could mean better business

Could creating a work-life balance for drivers be the key to retaining your workforce? Today's featured story sheds light on how creating a driver-centric culture could mean positive changes for fleets. Loads of interesting points in that article so be sure to check it out.

This week we launched our first white paper discussing 5 Tech Tools that can improve driver and fleet safety. You'll want to download it. There's more info in today's Inside Industry section or you can get it here.

Plus we updated the free resources tab. Several new items in this edition. Let me know what you like best by giving it a click.

Buckle up and let's get to it!


Inside today's newsletter

⏲️ TikTok for talent recruitment?
🛑 Ohio's traffic alerts signal early congestion warnings
🗎 Biden Admin eyeing relaxed emission limits
❌ Scam alert: Thieves impersonating FMCSA
🚛 Truckers for Trump warn of NYC boycott

Valuing driver wellbeing can drive your fleet forward

Drivers are the lynchpin of a fleet and, with a nationwide shortage, it’s vital to make sure they’re happy, healthy and appreciated by their employer. A driver-focused organization can be a powerful way to improve efficiency and avoid the costly, disruptive process of hiring new drivers - so where should you begin?

Listen to your drivers. The transportation sector is increasingly recognizing the importance of mental health and wellbeing initiatives. Talking to employees can uncover unfavorable aspects of the job, and help address issues that lead drivers to quit. Providing emotional support if they’re struggling can help demonstrate that you care for them as individuals, and that they’re more than just a cog in the machine.

Be up front. Work-life balance is important, and drivers aren’t afraid to move jobs to find it. By ensuring potential new recruits understand what the role entails, you’re empowering them to make decisions based on whether it’ll fit their lives. It’s a good way to prevent disgruntled drivers later on.

Read more in Work Truck. 


Ohio’s new stopped traffic alerts are now live, with highway signs offering earlier warnings as drivers approach bottlenecks and accident prone areas. The state’s Department of Transportation hopes this will curb rear-end collisions by 16%, or around 1,000 crashes per year.

See Ohio's good news in Land Line.


Be wary of e-mails from the FMCSA. There’s a new phishing scam on the loose, imitating the organization and asking fleets to schedule a safety audit. It’s designed to grab data that could enable them to steal carriers’ identities.

Don't get scammed, get details in OverDrive.

Biden may ease car emission rules, slowing EV shift

The Biden administration is reportedly considering relaxing tailpipe emission limits for cars and light-duty trucks until the end of the decade, potentially pumping the brakes on America’s transition to electric vehicles

A final rule is rumored to be due by early spring, and would give automakers more time to develop the technology before sales targets ramp up from 2030 - the 67% EV target by 2032 is unchanged.

Electrification has become an important pre-election topic, with Trump promising a full U-turn if he is elected in November. This also creates uncertainty for fleets as they invest in new technology.

Get the details in Freight Waves.

Vehicle connectivity revolutionizes trucking industry

Truckers are at the center of a technology revolution, but few innovations have changed the day-to-day lives of carriers as much as vehicle connectivity.

Built-in data connections have become an important tool for controlling costs and keeping trucks on the road, including earlier and more detailed fault detection and over-the-air fixes. OEMs are already looking at the next steps, harnessing the power of AI to help fleets spot trends, develop better maintenance scheduling and optimize routes for EVs - and there’s plenty more to come.

Check out the expert commentary on FleetOwner.

Truckers for Trump promise NYC boycott

Political tension has spilled over into the transportation sector. Truckers for Trump, a movement organized on social media, is calling for drivers to boycott deliveries to New York, after a city judge fined the former president $355M for fraud. Experts are warning that protests could disrupt supply chains and push up prices if it continues to gather momentum, highlighting the economical influence of the trucking sector.

Read about the disruption in Truck Driver News.

Quote of the Day:

“Although we’re confident that these warning systems will help prevent crashes, there is still no substitute for safe driving. For these signs to be effective, drivers must be paying attention.”

Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio

Be safe out there -

Editor, The Inside Lane