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LinkeDrive Driver Spotlight at USA Truck

For our third article in the LinkeDrive driver spotlight blog series, we are excited to introduce Michael McVeigh from USA Truck!  At LinkeDrive, Michael is an admired driver that our team checks in on periodically, as he takes being #1 to the next level.

Michael started his career at USA Truck 27 years ago as a student, is currently in the company’s Dedicated division, and has over 2.5 million miles of safe driving. Through Michael’s on-going pursuit of excellence, driven to the best he can be, he has racked up two recent and very impressive awards amongst the 1,500 drivers at USA Truck:

  1. 2017 Dedicated Driver of the Year

  2. 2017 Dedicated Most Fuel-Efficient Driver of the Year

Recently Michael was asked by USA Truck’s fuel desk, “what has been the key to your success?”  In a profession with so many variables that can impact a driver’s performance, even LinkeDrive was even a bit surprised by his response… “I attribute 90% of my gains and follow-on success from the use of LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach.”  Michael is one of those individuals who, as his driver manager Eilaine Day shares, “will rise to any challenge… give him a challenge, and he’ll beat it!”

Our story starts with Michael in 2016, when PedalCoach was installed into his tractor.  To establish a performance baseline, Michael was told to disregard our tool, and drive as he did every day.  After the appropriate amount of baselining had been established, an onboarding session and introduction to PedalCoach was provided to Michael.  Chad Kosterman, VP of Customer Success and Operations reflects on the session, “we reached out to Michael for the onboarding and introduction, and it lasted literally two minutes.  After a brief overview, Michael said ‘ok… I got it from here,’ and that was it. Michael understood what he needed to do and was on his way… his results and the intuitive nature of our product speaks for itself.”

The following illustration below highlights Michael’s gains.

In summary, after that very brief onboarding session, Michael:

  1. Raised his PedalCoach score from an average of 86% to 99%

  2. Raised his drive MPG from an 8.5 to 10.2

Lastly, and most impressively, for the full year of 2017 and over 100,000 miles, Michael averaged a 98.85% PedalCoach score and 10.0 drive MPGs… truly an outstanding performance.  Our messaging to Drivers is that we do not expect perfection, and that monthly PedalCoach scores of 91s to 92s are a great start, 93s to 94s are very good, and 95s to 97s are exceptional.  Well… try telling Michael that!

For organizations needing to implement a fair Driver Performance Program, LinkeDrive’s PedalCoach and our Driver Performance Management (DPM) platform can be an instrumental part of promoting best-in-class performance, automating key operational metrics and bonus programs, leveraging third-party data feeds and backend telematics data, all while addressing your driver retention challenges.  Our Owner-Operators business has also begun to flourish somewhat accidentally, from the company drivers we’ve worked with transitioning to an Owner-Operator model, wanting to put more back in their pockets… let us show you how easy it can be!