When it comes to your driver’s comfortability and satisfaction, there may be a couple things to consider while customizing your trucks. Driver comfort has become increasingly important to the industry as it works to improve retention success and recruitment efforts.
Your drivers are the most essential asset to your fleet’s success, so it is important to take into consideration their comfort while they’re on the road. How the truck operates is important, but what’s even more important is having a satisfied team of dedicated drivers to get behind the wheel.
Spec’ing amenities for life on the road looks different for every fleet so it’s important to know what comfort items might have the largest impact. Taking into consideration vehicle application can help you narrow in on the customizations best suited for your team.
Amenities focusing on driver-centric living spaces makes life on the road easier for your drivers during their downtime. Spec’ing storage options within the sleeper and cab is a great way to ensure maximum use of a feature-rich space. Incorporating everyday appliances like microwaves and refrigerators will allow your drivers the option to enjoy a hot meal or bring their own food during travel.
Adjustability is another important customization you won’t want to overlook. Whether they’re behind the wheel or resting in the sleeper, options to keep drivers comfortable such as adjustable seating, heating and cooling features for increased climate control, customizable lighting and reclining cab bunks won’t go underappreciated.
Digital dashboards like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto give drivers additional options. Drivers are able to customize the design layout based on their personal preferences and can make the drive a much more manageable task.
The central design of the cab and specs considered should be based on driver feedback. By collaborating with them, you gather additional insight and are able to gain a deeper understanding of what matters most while on the road.
Creating an environment that resonates with the ones who use it everyday is key to driver satisfaction. Pay close attention to how certain specs are being reacted to by your drivers against the current turnover rate to determine the success and impact of the comfort items in question.
Focusing on driver experience and using their input is essential to ensure you’re creating an environment that will resonate with them, as well as help your fleet with retention and recruitment goals.