ELDs aren’t just made for drivers – read on to learn how electronic logging devices and elogs apps affect more than just daily driving operations.
ELD Benefits for Drivers
Less Time Wasted
Due to the automated nature of ELDs, drivers will save a lot of time that used to be spent filling out, maintaining, and organizing paper logs in their cabs.
This allows drivers to do what they do best – drive.
Fewer calls from dispatchers checking up on a driver’s location means fewer interruptions for drivers, so they can focus on the road ahead of them.
Electronic logs and features such as DOT inspection mode reduce the time sink of roadside inspections.
According to the FMCSA Regulatory Impact Analysis for ELDs, the devices save 21 hours per year and an additional 15 minutes of driving time per day.
These time-saving benefits combine to result in drivers making more money, as the age-old adage goes “time is money”.
Protection From Harassment and Coercion
There are specific provisions within the ELD mandate that deal with harassment of drivers regarding unsafe driving practices.
The mandate also makes it easier for drivers to report cases of harassment by providing a process for drivers to file written complaints to the FMCSA.
ELDs are also tamper-proof in 3 ways: by limiting the ability to edit logs, requiring driver certification when a carrier edits a record and the keeping of original elogs.
ELD Benefits for Fleet Managers and Dispatchers
A more accurate real-time overview of the fleet – features such as a customizable elog dashboard and driver profiles allow fleet managers a better high-level view of their fleet than ever before.
The volume of metrics provided by ELDs can help fleet managers better understand the weak points in their operations.
Less Administrative Work
With drivers’ logs making the move to electronic, this causes a significant decrease in the amount of paperwork fleet managers have to deal with.
Phone tag between dispatchers and drivers will no longer be needed since many ELD providers package their products with real-time GPS fleet tracking.
Increased Efficiency of Operations
Vehicle diagnostics reduce fuel wastage, real-time vehicle fault code alerts reduce maintenance costs, and geofencing allows for better planning of routes, as well as tracking of employee hours.
Ensure maximum uptime of your fleet by fully utilizing the automatic alerting and reporting features built into ELDs and elogs apps.
ELD Benefits for Carriers/Fleets
Improved CSA Scores
The large reduction in violations means improved CSA scores for fleets.
Automated alerting features in ELDs help both drivers and fleet managers work together to prevent violations from occurring.
These features also assist in the consistent upkeep of scheduled and reactive maintenance of fleet vehicles.
Lowered Insurance Premiums
This is directly related to the aforementioned improved CSA scores.
Insurance premiums are forecasted to change due to the introduction of ELDs in the U.S. transportation industry.
As such, it is believed that CSA scores will become increasingly more important for carriers in order to keep costs down.
So, carriers that take full advantage of all the safety-improving features ELDs provide will be ahead of the curve.
Reduced Overall Expenses
After the overhead cost of ELDs is cleared (within 1 or 2 years), carriers enjoy reduced expenses and increased profits.
This is due to ELDs helping carriers identify and correct weak points in their fleet, such as wasting of fuel, consistent vehicle breakdowns, and dangerous driver behavior.
The significantly improved operational efficiency ELDs bring also help to increase productivity, and thus, profits of the fleet.
The automated and real-time nature of ELDs allows them to benefit multiple levels of the organization.
However, carriers will only realize these benefits if they make an effort to fully implement and utilize all of the features ELDs bring to the table, throughout the entire fleet.
Proper training on ELDs is required at all employee levels in order to ensure that the devices are being properly and effectively used in fleet operations.