It was common for many commercial drivers of trucks to be somewhat resistant when electronic logging devices first started rolling out. This technology is still relatively new, bringing about greater accountability to those that work within Hours of Service compliance constraints. These ELD devices are designed to record the truck driver’s time while driving or on duty, which makes everything a lot more transparent.
However, once drivers begin using E-Logs, most would not return to traditional paper logbooks. Here are some of the benefits of the best ELD devices within the trucking industry:
– An ELD results in more road miles, which translates into more money
The FMCSA has estimated that drivers spend more than 20 hours every year completing paper logs and then sending these HOS files to respective carriers. ELD’s can help a truck driver in the following ways:
Reduce the time spent on HOS paperwork by 15 minutes every day.
Add between 5 to 10 hours weekly to drive time in the way of rounding to the closest minute for every stop (unlike the paper logbooks that require a driver to round-up to the closest 15 minutes).
Lower the timeframe spent on cumbersome check-calls along with sending these hours to their dispatch.
Logging the miles from those recovered driving hours will result in larger paychecks.
– An ELD can get a truck driver back to driving faster with quicker inspections
To begin with, the results are clearly available for officers to see. This means truck drivers can go through these inspections a lot faster. Drivers and officers wont have to sift through handwritten driver logs in an attempt to find any HOS violations along with any errors.
– An ELD Can Lower Paperwork Headaches
Truck drivers are not known for choosing those open roads because they enjoy filling out paperwork. When reducing paperwork, an ELD can easily become a great benefit to a truck driver since ELDs are designed to automate the HOS compliance process. With an ELD all that is required is to log in. No more trip sheets and paper-driver logs to record when crossing every state line.
– ELDs does away with manner and easy form errors that can often be expensive and troublesome
Nobody is perfect, and handwritten driver logs are often the ideal place to make mistakes. It is not hard to draw lines that are too long, enter incorrect locations, or record incorrect times. Unfortunately, these mistakes can start adding up. Since IFTA fuel tax, HOS logs, and DVIRs reporting are all automated by ELDs, this accurate use will ensure that the paperwork of drivers is free from manner and form errors. The hours are also correctly totaled, and all driver logs are always signed. This translates into less of those “home office” calls where information is asked for that the driver can no longer remember or has.
– ELDs issue warnings at the right times
An ELD can also be used to audibly caution a truck driver when a time-sensitive event is drawing near, which helps them to remain HOS compliant. So before a truck driver earns violations for missing one of those required 30-minute breaks, or when driving hours have run out over an 11-hour day. An ELD can issue audible alerts that remind the driver that it is time to stop or pull over.
– ELDs help to build commercial truck drivers roadside resumes
There are a lot more compliant and safe drivers of trucks on the roads when compared to unsafe drivers. ELD’s offer a way for drivers to provide a history of reliable job performance when they go for an interview with another carrier.
When tracking Hours of Service compliance, delivery within ideal windows, and truck speed, ELDs provide the necessary data which demonstrates that the driver is committed to safety.
For most truck drivers, this results in higher rates, incentive payouts, along with a fun way to create a healthy competition between fellow drivers.
– ELDs record driver safety in an accident
Many systems which include the electronic logging devices include functionality that records critical events such as truck-car accidents. In an accident, the black box captures vehicle and driver behavior just before, during, as well as directly after the accident. This offers carriers with an accurate and easy way to reconstruct an accident or defend against a lawsuit when a crash was caused by another driver. This reduces the carrier’s liability or personal liability for the truck driver.
– ELDs make communicating with a Home Office much easier
Before the introduction of ELDs, check calls made up a significant portion of a dispatcher’s and driver’s day. At the same time, relaying the hours that a driver has left or location data involved several calls. ELD’s dispatchers can now easily pull up the location of a driver on maps, providing customers precise ETA and location information without having to interact with the driver.
With correct tracking, carriers are also able to counter claims made by receivers and shippers about driver delays, and even when waiting at locations whereby warehouse personnel caused delays by not loading the cargo on time.
– ELD applications can make life a lot easier for drivers while on the road
From paperwork reduction tools to integrated navigation, ELDs can make the life of a truck driver a lot easier while out on the roads. This has to do with automated workflows that do away with a number of steps required to collect data that is required from the driver that they have to report on each day. Departure and arrival alerts gather time, customer data, and location that does away with check calls. Using a tablet or Smartphone as a type of ELD also provides an added benefit of different entertainment options out or in the cab, when the workday of the driver comes to an end.
-ELDs offer added help when roadside assistance when required by a driver
Even experienced drivers can break down or get lost along the way. With an ELD, dispatchers can identify the location of the driver and assist them with a towing service or help them find their way again.