Max Heine

Carriers’ crystal ball: Load One keeps drivers with help of Stay Metrics

| July 02, 2014

The Stay Metrics program uses driver feedback to improve retention. It does this by tracking engagement in a rewards program and evaluating results of periodic satisfaction surveys and exit interviews.

Carriers’ crystal ball: John Christner Trucking gains from ‘big data’

| July 01, 2014

Christner uses Athena, a new product from Vigillo, the industry’s leader in CSA data analysis. Athena uses a broad range of data, from driver-generated and CSA-related to information from areas such as weather reports and ...

Reading between the lines of Trucker Talent entries

| July 01, 2014

Three finalists will compete at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-23, for the winning spot in the contest, brought to you by Chevron Delo.

Carriers’ crystal ball: Averitt Express boosts safety with FleetRisk Advisors

| June 30, 2014

FleetRisk uses extensive trucking data, such as drivers’ starting times or change in empty miles relative to fleet average, to help fleets with safety, retention and workers comp.

Carriers’ crystal ball: Fleets using driver performance data more than everPodcast

| June 27, 2014

Fleets have long used performance data in driver scorecards to help identify and address problems. Now, with the help of companies that specialize in predictive analytics, fleets are trying to head problems off before they ...

CSA’s mad math: Readers right on lack of reliability

| June 03, 2014

Clearly the “A” in CSA isn’t working when the data being accounted for paint a distorted picture. The result is a system where too many small carriers are assumed guilty until proven innocent.

30-second video tip: Get more sound out of your phone speakers

| May 27, 2014

One great scene from the rock’n’roll mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” has dim-witted musician Nigel Tufnel showing off his amplifiers to another character. Tufnel notes one amp with control knobs that peak at 11 instead of ...

VIDEO: Sacrificial action averts tragedy on icy road

| May 27, 2014

A driver's quick thinking helps mitigate damage on an icy road.

Max Heine

Max Heine is editorial director of Overdrive and writes regularly for the Overdrive Extra blog. A CDL holder, he joined Overdrive in 1998 after more than two decades of newspaper work. You can reach him at mheine@randallreilly.com or 205-248-1038.

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