I'll start out by saying I have been with LTI since February of 2016. Our focus has always been getting drivers as many miles as possible, and we have developed many ways to optimize driver miles. Between procuring better loads and our Midwest Fleet (short haul) becoming active, driver miles have risen in the last year. When I first started, the fleet averaged about 1,900 miles per week per truck. Now we are hovering over 2,100 miles per week per truck. This number rises to over 2,200 when a driver is out for more than 5 days for that particular week. Going forward, getting more miles per week per truck will only happen if it is a combined effort between LTI operational changes and the efforts of our drivers.
“Going forward, getting more miles per week per truck will only happen if it is a combined effort between LTI operational changes and the efforts of our drivers.”
In the past few months we have pushed for Regional long haul drivers to work on average 6 days a week. The most common way this is achieved is a driver going home every other weekend. This has allowed our drivers to significantly increase the miles they complete weekly. Some drivers choose to stay out for months at a time, and the black and white numbers show that these drivers achieve miles far above the average. Our drivers are consistently working to surpass these average numbers.
Currently we have drivers who easily have averaged over 2,300 miles throughout Quarter 4 of 2017 simply by staying out. These drivers are going above and beyond the 6 day work: 1 day off schedule and consistently stay out for longer periods of time.
"Drivers who stay out more are getting more miles.”
What does this mean for our drivers? Drivers who stay out more are getting more miles . We are getting better loads and completing these loads on-time or even early, which is what makes our customers happy and keeps them awarding us with more and better loads. So we ask our drivers to continue their hard work in completing loads on time and we will work together to grow and get the drivers even more miles.
I would also like to use this update to thank our drivers for all their hard work. Your job is extremely difficult and I admire your dedication to your profession. Keep turning those wheels and we’ll keep rolling forward into a better New Year. I am extremely excited for where LTI is headed in 2018 and you should be too!
-Patrick Henrichs, Fleet Manager Supervisor
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