Schneider Updates Driver Speed Stance

By Rob Reich Nov 16, 2016
Schneider Speed Stance

Operating safely and efficiently is at the core of the work we do at Schneider. Utilizing technology to help achieve these goals is also in our DNA.

After performing extensive analysis and considering driver feedback, we determined that we could increase the speed stance without sacrificing safety while offsetting the fuel cost impact of operating at a higher speed. Important factors in the analysis included our recent and ongoing investments in safety, engine and aerodynamic technology and lower, stable fuel prices. For the same reasons, it also seemed like the appropriate time to adjust our overspeed calculations.

Speed Stance Change

Exciting news for prospective and current Schneider drivers: Effective upon the first scheduled Preventative Maintenance (PM) after Jan. 1, 2017, Schneider will increase maximum cruise control speed from 60 to 63 mph on all solo Van Truckload, Tanker and Dedicated tractors equipped with collision mitigation technology. Top pedal speed will remain 63 mph.

Solo Current After Jan. 1
Governed 63 mph 63 mph
Cruise Control 60 mph 63 mph
  • Schneider’s tractor engine governors will be updated to reflect the new speed stance at the affected drivers’ first PM appointment after Jan. 1, 2017.

Overspeed Change

For solo Van Truckload, Tanker and Dedicated drivers, we will be also adjusting our overspeed measurements as follows:

Solo Current After Jan. 1
Overspeed More than 10% throttle when more than 60 mph More than 10% throttle when more than 63 mph
Excessive Overspeed More than 70 mph regardless of throttle More than 68 mph regardless of throttle
  • The overspeed update will be automatically sent to the mobile communications platform in the tractors of affected drivers.

Speed Stance Change FAQs

How will this affect how Schneider’s performance bonus is calculated?

The short answer is: drivers’ performance bonuses will be calculated exactly the same way; however, the standard will be adjusted the week following the truck’s update. Driver scorecards, which are always available to drivers through in-cab technology, will reflect the new standard for trucks after the first of the year.

Why 63 mph for the speed stance?

In short, it’s the sweet spot. Schneider has had speed stances ranging from 55 to 65 mph depending on a variety of factors. Recent and ongoing investments in safety, miles per gallon (MPG), fuel cost, driver time, customer demands, industry standards, state speed limits, equipment specs and more have to be considered in the analysis of the speed stance. Consider MPG, for example: Every one mph slower than 65 saves a tenth of an MPG, and a tenth of an MPG can mean millions of dollars in a fleet Schneider’s size. That money can instead be used to fund more driver earnings and investments in our business. Now, tractors are more efficient, fuel costs are lower — plus, drivers have asked for this change. Simply, 63 is the right number based on all the variables we weigh.

Is a three-mile per hour increase really going to matter to me?

It should! It has the potential to mean more mileage and pay potential for drivers. An Over-the-Road driver could drive 30 miles farther in 10 hours. Those extra miles add up — and of course more miles means more money for drivers.

Why aren’t any Intermodal tractors being updated?

We analyzed the expected implementation impact across all lines of business and we determined that Intermodal drivers spend fewer work hours driving and fewer of their driving hours at highway speeds. Because of this mix, an increase in speed had no significant impact on the factors we evaluated. Since there was no change in Intermodal’s speed stance there was no change in overspeed calculation either. Instead of changing speed, Intermodal is focusing on reducing non-driving hours by doing things like implementing company-owned chassis at all ramps (which has been shown to increase driver productivity by 9 percent) and improving ramps and customers where delays occur.

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About the Author

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Rob Reich is senior vice president of equipment, maintenance and driver recruiting at Schneider. Reich began his professional career with Schneider in 1992 and has since served in several leadership roles. Prior to joining Schneider, Reich served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Reich served in Desert Storm and successfully led a 63-soldier signal platoon with no resulting casualties. Reich holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. 

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