Best Fleets to Drive For was launched in the summer of 2008 by CarriersEdge and Truckload Carriers Association and runs through the fall and winter each year. The program identifies trends, shares best practices, and publicly recognizes the for-hire carriers providing the best workplaces for their drivers.
Specific dates for interview deadline, Top 20 and overall winner announcements change based on each year's calendar and the scheduling of the TCA convention
Best Fleets to Drive For is open to any for-hire trucking company operating 10 trucks or more in the US or Canada. Fleets do not have to be members of TCA to participate and there's no cost to participate.
To be considered, fleets must be nominated by a driver or independent contractor currently working with them, then complete the evaluation process within prescribed timelines.
NOTE: For the purposes of this program, a for-hire fleet must exclusively haul freight on behalf of other companies. Any fleet that hauls its own products is considered to be a private fleet and is currently ineligible.
After the data is collected, winners are determined by scoring fleets for the programs they offer, the satisfaction of their drivers/contractors, and results they're seeing in safety performance and driver retention.
The top 20 scoring fleets are names as Best Fleets to Drive For for the year.
Best Fleets are recognized each year across a variety of categories
- Top 20 Best Fleets - The 20 fleets that have the best overall scores for the year.
- Best Overall Fleet for Large Carriers and Best Overall Fleet for Small Carriers - The two fleets in the Top 20 that have the absolute best overall scores. One fleet selected from the 10 largest carriers in the Top 20, the other from the 10 smallest. These fleets are presented with a trophy in recognition of their achievement.
- X Consecutive Years - Fleets that make the Top 20 for 5 or more consecutive years are recognized for their consistency and innovation.
- Fleets to Watch - 5 fleets each year that have innovative programs but didn't make the Top 20.