ELDs & elogs save your drivers time, while you save money.
Everyone knows that time is money.
With the ELD mandate drawing ever closer, it is important to understand how elogs can actually benefit your fleet, and more importantly, benefit your bottom line.
In this article, we examine a few of the ways elogs helps fleets save both time AND money in the long run.
Eliminating the Need for Paperwork
Gone are the days of drivers having to write down their hours of service, and storing those paper logs somewhere safe for when they’re needed again.
ELDs and elogs streamline this process so that drivers’ hours of service are all contained on the mobile device they’re using.
This makes it much easier when reporting to supervisors or when stopping for an inspection.
The combined effects of time saved on both ends of the equation lead to an overall reduced cost of operation for your business.
Improving Safety of Everyone on the Road
The power of ELDs lie in their tracking of driving behaviors – they are capable of tracking events such as hard braking, cornering, and excessive speeding.
This allows carriers to become proactive rather than reactive, taking the necessary precautions when addressing their drivers’ potentially life-endangering bad habits.
This reduces the probability of accidents involving your drivers; lowering insurance premiums and reducing your liability at the same time.
Lowering Your CSA Score
ELDs and elogs eliminate the “Form and Manner” and “Outdated Logs” violations, due to their automatic data tracking.
Automated alerts also notify the back office when a driver is about to reach their limit for hours of service, greatly lowering the chance of a driver operating an out-of-service vehicle.
This combined with the aforementioned driver behavior monitoring and reduced accidents can lead to improved CSA scores for your business.
Tracking the Location of Drivers
ELDs come pre-equipped with the power of real-time GPS tracking, which fleet managers can use to constantly keep track of the location of each of their vehicles.
Breadcrumb trails and vehicle location history combine to provide fleet managers and drivers the ability to choose the best (and fastest) routes, maximizing the efficiency of their operations.
An advanced use of GPS tracking for fleets is geofencing, which lets you track and receive alerts when a certain vehicle enters or exits a set perimeter.
Reducing Administrative Workload
All of the above features of ELDs and elogs combine to reduce the amount of work involved in back-office operations.
This ultimately results in higher profits, due to lower liability, reduced insurance premiums, and overall, lower operating costs for your business.
We understand that the upfront cost of ELDs may be scary at first, but we hope that this article has shed some light on just a few of the many ways ELDs and elogs will ultimately benefit your fleet’s performance and efficiency.
Want to get ahead of the game and start maximizing the productivity and efficiency of your business before the federally mandated December 18th ELD deadline?
Then we recommend you start using ELDs and elogs as soon as possible.