Heavy-duty trucking fleets find that it’s difficult to find good drivers, so once you find them, the last thing you want to do is lose them. According to Purkeys’ Chief Creative Engineer Bruce Purkey, it’s not necessarily always about the wages. Sometimes the technology you can provide to make their lives more comfortable while on the road can be a factor.

Being able to offer drivers creature comforts as well as all the tools necessary to make their jobs doable, is key: when drivers are looking for work, they’re probably going to go with the fleets that can provide them with the greatest number of benefits. According to Purkeys’ Sales and Service Engineer Charley Gipe, “The more benefits fleets have, the more likely it is they’re going to be able to keep drivers.”

A high quality inverter is a device drivers enjoy. It helps to handle the large amount of energy required to power incentive devices such as:

  • Refrigerators
  • Microwaves
  • Televisions

Purkeys 1200+ inverter allows fleets to convert DC power to 110 AC power. It comes with a programmable, low-voltage disconnect (LVD) that will shut the inverter off when the truck batteries reach a predetermined voltage. According to Charley, although having an inverter on board is something that most drivers are going to perceive as desirable, you cannot operate it for unlimited amounts of time. Inverters draw power from the battery pack and, if drivers draw too much energy, the truck might not start in the morning, resulting in a road call.

Using the Trailer Auxiliary Power Supply (TAPS) kit is also beneficial to both the driver and the fleet. It is installed on the trailer and will help power extra devices, such as electric pallet jacks. By providing the aid of equipment that makes unloading freight easier, fleets not only entice new drivers, but can expand the talent pool available. Now smaller drivers will have the equipment they need to unload large amounts of freight.

Both of these devices provide comfort to the drivers but the extra electronics help fleets prevent road calls due to drained batteries. By meeting the needs of both the fleets and the drivers, Purkeys products can help retain drivers.

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