Averitt's CSA Scores
To view Averitt’s current monthly scores, please visit FMCSA’s website.
Averitt welcomes CSA!
FMCSA's CSA website states "CSA is designed to increase safety on the nation’s roads. Therefore, it is by design a positive program for drivers and carriers with strong safety performance records." Along these lines, Averitt views CSA as an opportunity to improve our already-strong safety record and provide better service to our customers.
What has Averitt been doing to prepare for CSA?
Averitt has been preparing for CSA in three main ways:
- Education. We believe the most critical preparation a carrier can make for CSA is to properly educate its workforce. We are implementing a comprehensive communications and educational program to make sure all levels of leadership and frontline associates are aware of the changes, and are prepared to fully comply with all regulations. We have always emphasized the importance of safety, from pre-trip inspections to proper load securement to equipment maintenance techniques, and we will continue to do so while further stressing the importance of these items.
- Continuous improvement. We are always looking for ways to improve our safety procedures and performance. This was true long before CSA came along, and it holds true today. We're continuously testing new, safer equipment, evaluating our associate safety training, monitoring associate safety performance and educating our associates about safety topics.
- Individual accountability. Under CSA , carriers cannot afford to hire or retain drivers with poor safety performance. Programs we already have in place, such as our strict hiring process and our driver safety points system, will continue to be utilized to make sure our team remains personally invested in safety at the individual associate level.
How do we expect CSA to impact our business?
We do not expect CSA to impact our ability to provide outstanding service. We will continue to be vigilant about improving our safety and the service we deliver to our customers every single day. This is the attitude that has helped us build successful relationships with our customers in the past, and it will help those relationships stay successful in the future.
Industry experts are projecting driver attrition rates anywhere from 3 percent to 20 percent. While it is way too soon to project accurately, we expect industry-wide turnover rates to fall somewhere in between.
How do we expect CSA to impact shippers?
Carriers with strong safety performance are expected to comply with the new standards. However, carriers with deficient safety performance scores are expected to exit the industry as a result of CSA, thus taking capacity out of the marketplace. We expect CSA to worsen the ongoing driver shortage in the industry. This reduction in capacity and driver pool could cause rates to rise over time.
Shippers may eventually face increased financial and legal liability as a result of new CSA , especially in the areas of the Cargo-Related BASIC.
In order to avoid the risk of service disruptions due to carriers being placed out of service, shippers will need to factor the quality of a carrier's accident prevention program and its actual safety performance into their carrier evaluation and selection process.
How is Averitt prepared to deal with CSA?
Averitt is uniquely prepared in a variety of ways to ensure outstanding performance in each of CSA's seven BASICs:
- Awareness. We are reviewing our score often to make sure we are in good standing and acting on any communication or coaching that needs to be happening. Also, we routinely monitor and review inspection and crash data.
- Record keeping. Averitt has established systems and processes to ensure that drivers are in compliance with all rules that could affect carrier and driver BASICs, including proactive notification for licensing paperwork, DOT physicals, drug and alcohol tests, etc.
- Operational technology. We use a wide variety of high-tech systems to prevent accidents and safety violations that could affect our BASIC scores. These include:
- Predictive analysis software that allows fleet managers and load planners to identify drivers who exhibit high fatigue scores in order to evaluate potential load assignments and avoid those that are most likely to result in accidents.
- Hard-braking event identification systems that notify safety leadership of hard-braking events to allow for immediate driver feedback and coaching.
- Collision-avoidance technology that uses "fighter-jet" radar to see through fog, heavy rain, and darkness. The system issues visual and audio proximity alerts when it detects a nearby object.
- *Electronic Onboard Recording devices (EOBR) to track drivers' real-time HOS compliance (*test phase)
- Training. Averitt has developed an outstanding program to ensure associates are properly trained in areas that could affect carrier and driver BASICs. For example, we require associates to complete the following formal training courses on a three-year recurrent basis: HM 232 — Security Training, HM 126 — Hazmat Training, Forklift Training and Forklift Skills Evaluation.
- Preventive maintenance program. Nobody in the industry has a better equipment maintenance program than Averitt. Built over nearly four decades, our program relies on highly trained maintenance technicians armed with the best equipment and maintenance technology. Learn more here.
- Safety program. At Averitt, "Our Driving Concern Is Safety." We have one of the most comprehensive safety programs in the business. Learn more here.
What can shippers do to help Averitt stay in compliance with CSA?
As always, our goal is to deliver freight on time, on target and intact. Shippers can help us do that — and stay in compliance with CSA — by:
- Securing all freight properly, including hazmat, to prevent cargo securement violations
- Ensuring accurate shipping weight to prevent overloading
- Avoiding excessive detention that could affect drivers' hours of service compliance
- Being flexible with pickup and delivery times
- Completing hazmat bills of lading properly
- Providing proper placards for hazmat loads being tendered
- Allowing drivers access to the loading process for freight securement, especially for hazmat loads
Where can shippers learn more about CSA?
For more information, visit the FMCSA website on CSA.