Owner-operators do know that each day on the road does represent a test. Also, roadside inspectors and other law enforcement, electronic logging devices, employers, dash cams, and all kinds of tech under the hood do constantly record thousands of data points. They are about even the smallest details of a driver’s performance.
Owner-Operators – Driving Facilities by Report
Drivers get to grade the facilities is what happens. It is where they pick up and drop off. Moreover, the Digital freight brokerage Convoy’s new 2021 Annual Freight Insights Report has gone to shed light on terabytes of data. Plus the 2.7 million facility rating reviews that are across the company’s customer network. This boils down to what exactly the drivers say about shippers and receivers.
However, the report does have some surprises. However, it mostly reinforces the notion that the detention time does kill income and patience for drivers. Also, Convoy’s report does fall against a backdrop of the historically sturdy freight market. There is a poll that shows there is a plurality of owner-ops. Also, about 35% expect to make even more money than they did last year. Therefore, about 30% expect to stay at the same high level. Also, the rest of the votes split between a slower year and then the general uncertainty.
Scientists do study the freight industry, this is another important piece of context for Convoy’s report that comes from MIT. They recently told Congress that the perceived “driver shortage” does really amount to widespread driver underutilization. However, basically, despite having 11 hours of a possible drive time per day. In fact, most in the driver’s seat do not use more than 7 of those hours.
A research scientist has spent the last four years observing and talking to 4,000 OTR drivers. This would be MIT’s Dr. David Correll. He told Congress actually that an extra 20 or so minutes of drive time day could actually effectively reverse then-current shortage. It does estimate calculated by the American Trucking Associations. Actually, Correll has recommended that freight carriers police detention at the shipper facilities by issuing the letter grades to the different facilities. In fact, it is much in the same way a restaurant does get and then display a grade from the health department.