GREEN BAY, Wis. — Recent feedback from drivers has led to Schneider investing in a number of equipment upgrades to make life on the road easier for both team and solo drivers. Schneider plans to have the upgraded Freightliner new Cascadia trucks operating in its fleet by June.
“Schneider continually looks for opportunities to improve life on the road for driver associates,” said Rob Reich, senior vice president, equipment, maintenance and driver development at Schneider. “These latest equipment upgrades make great strides in providing better driver comfort.”
New Schneider team-spec’d trucks will benefit from the following upgrades:
Schneider’s solo-spec’d trucks will also include factory-installed refrigerators and storage cabinets, as well as new 8-inch memory foam mattresses. Additionally, external Sirius XM antennae will be built into trucks’ dashboards. The most significant upgrade to the solo fleet trucks is the inclusion of an auxiliary power unit (APU) in most vehicles.
An APU is a small diesel-powered engine attached to the frame rail that provides the truck with unlimited electrical power, even when it is shut off. This means that drivers with APUs will no longer need to idle when stopping for the night and wishing to run air conditioning, for example. Stated a Schneider news release: “Drivers will no longer be at the mercy of how long their trucks’ batteries will last, and they will be able to better take advantage of amenities like microwaves, refrigerators, televisions, cooling systems and charging their mobile devices. The reduction in idling also leads to fewer engine after-treatment issues.”
All new Schneider trucks will continue to have automated manual transmissions for a less strenuous driving experience, and the company offers both automated and standard transmission training for new drivers, the release said. Equipment improvements will not end with these updates, as Schneider continues to research and test ways to improve life on the road for its drivers. Currently, Schneider is testing upgraded seats.
These latest equipment upgrades are just the newest features to be added to the list of truck, trailer, and container technologies and specifications, like collision mitigation systems, in-cab mobile communications platforms, automatic tire inflation systems and new intermodal container chassis.
To learn more about the technology and equipment behind the Schneider fleet, visit https://schneiderjobs.com/company-drivers/equipment-and-technology.
One of the largest trucking carriers in North America, Schneider has been a choice of drivers for over 80 years. With over 75 percent of its drivers getting home weekly or more frequently, the release said Schneider “provides professional opportunities that meet the work-life balance needs of today’s workforce.”
Schneider has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s best employers and is ranked a top-paying carrier by the National Transportation Institute.
Schneider has been nationally recognized for its support of current and former military personnel among its ranks. For more information about Schneider’s career opportunities, visit SchneiderJobs.com. You can also connect with Schneider on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jobsatschneider or follow on Twitter @schneiderjobs.