Best Fleets to Drive For, the long-running evaluation of the best trucking workplaces in North America, is creating a new education and awards conference that will debut this spring. The event will be held at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will include celebrations of the winning fleets and insights from the 2024 winners.
Now in its 16th year, Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey and contest identifying the for-hire carriers providing the best workplace experience for their drivers. Produced by CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training, the program is open to all for-hire fleets operating 10 tractor-trailers or more in the U.S. or Canada. The previous awards were presented during the Truckload Carriers Association's annual conference.
After being nominated by a driver or owner-operator, participating fleets are evaluated across various categories, including HR practices, operational strategy, professional development, and work/life balance. A comprehensive driver survey is also included, with company responses and driver feedback compiled to identify the winners.
"Every year, we collect a mountain of information through the Best Fleets evaluation process," said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of CarriersEdge. "We've been conducting webinars and writing articles for years, but those can only scratch the surface of what we find in the data. With this event, we'll have the opportunity to share a lot more details of what makes the winning fleets successful and what other fleets can do to adopt those ideas."
Honoring and learning from the best fleets
The Top 20 Best Fleets, Fleets to Watch (honorable mentions), and those fleets entering the organization's Hall of Fame will be announced on Jan. 30.
The Best Fleets to Drive For Education and Awards Conference will publicly recognize those winning fleets and unveil two overall winners in large and small fleet categories.
The Education and Awards Conference will also reveal what makes those fleets winners, sharing trends, innovative ideas, and programs that have proven successful at fleets of all sizes.
With thousands of fleet responses and driver surveys reviewed through each year's scoring process, the conference provides detailed looks at what top performers are doing to keep their drivers happy and productive.
About the Best Fleets to Drive For conference
The Best Fleets to Driver For Education and Awards Conference will be held April 8-9 at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, with preferred rates available at nearby hotels.
"The Best Fleets to Drive For push the limits every year, and we wanted to celebrate them in a venue built around recognition of excellence," noted Jazrawy. "The Nascar Hall of Fame is a spectacular venue, and we're looking forward to showcasing the winners in a place where you're literally surrounded by greatness."
As an event focused on fleet education and recognition, vendor presence will be limited.
"This conference will be about learning how to be a Best Fleet, and recognizing the companies that are already there," added Jazrawy. "And thanks to the generous support of our sponsors EpicVue, TruckRight, and Netradyne, we're able to do that."