J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. will let its drivers go 62 mph after Oct. 1. They had been limited to 59 mph. The higher speed will allow the drivers to blend in better with traffic, the company said.
The company said it was raising the limit after conducting two years of intense safe-driving training and increasing the average experience level of its drivers from four years to more than seven years. It was able to increase the experience level by changing its driver pay to appeal to more experienced drivers. The company also said it cut its driver turnover in half.
In 1996, the company reduced the fleet's speed from 65 to 59 miles per hour.