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Innovating for Driver Success - Taking Fuel Scores to the Next Level

Fueling Professional Drivers With Habit Based Scoring

We believe that every driver wants to be a professional. When you teach them how to drive more professionally, that is something they can be proud of and is a reflection of our culture and belief that they are not just a truck driver.

- Brent Nussbaum, CEO

This idea drives many of Nussbaum’s driver incentives and benefits programs. It has lead us to develop programs that attract the most professional drivers in the industry. Most recently, it lead to an overhaul of our scorecard program and earned us recognition as a CCJ Innovator.

In the past, fuel scores were largely based on average miles per gallon achieved. We took into account many external factors, such as truck specs, load weight, topography, wind speed, and more - giving point credits accordingly. It was a good effort, but inaccurate or missing data resulted in skewed and inconsistent results. Furthermore, our results-oriented scoring system made it difficult to pinpoint specific areas for driver improvement. We needed more actionable data to give our drivers.

New technology, in part with fleet-wide SmartDrive systems, now allows us to support our drivers in ways that simply weren’t possible before.

Enter habit-based fuel scoring.

Now fuel scoring can be directly based on driving habits by utilizing data collected from the truck and SmartDrive systems. We are able to look at how drivers actually perform in several areas pertaining to fuel mileage such as:

  • Smooth Driving – Rewards drivers for gentle, easy handling of the truck.
  • Space Management – Are drivers leaving plenty of room for themselves to operate?
  • Speed Management – Gives credit to those who look for opportunity to reduce top speeds when schedules allow.
  • Throttle Usage – Gauges how drivers use the accelerator when taking off, maneuvering through towns, or when driving at interstate speeds.

These practices have proven to result in better overall fuel performance, and they align with safe driving practices as well.

By being able to focus on driver behaviors, we can give them useful, actionable feedback that lets them see where they can make improvements. It puts the driver in direct control of their scorecard results.

For our drivers, this means being appropriately rewarded and recognized for developing their skills as professional drivers.

For our shipper partners, it means assurance that their freight is in the hands of professionals who operate with safety, quality and efficiency in every aspect of their careers.

To read more about the program, check out the article on CCJ.