We All Win with E-Logs: How ELDs Benefit Customers & Drivers

According to a recent ruling, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) will become compulsory in 2015 for all carriers not meeting exemption criteria. We`ve already discussed some of the ways in which ELDs (also called E-Logs) will make life easier for our managers and dispatchers, but today we want to focus on some of the ways they also benefit drivers and customers.

  • ELDs Save Time By far one of the most obvious benefits of E-Log over paper logs is that they automatically record relevant data while reducing the work of the driver to, in most cases, simply pushing a button to start and stop the recording of information. This makes the whole process of logging and sharing key information—such as mileage, hours of work, fuel efficiency, etc.—much easier and much quicker, enabling drivers to focus on driving, and getting them from point A to point B more quickly than if they had to stop regularly to update their logs by hand.

  • ELDs Improve Accuracy Errors in driving logs can result in fines and/or detention of trailers, making the stakes for mistakes quite high for drivers, carriers and customers. Some companies reported finding errors in 55 to 67 percent of manual logs during annual inspections —putting those drivers and their loads at huge risk. By reducing the possibility for human errors, ELDs help prevent delays and additional expenses incurred as a result of oversight or miscalculations, keeping costs low and reducing a major risk to on-time performance for customers.

  • ELDs Can Improve Performance and Reduce Delays For some carriers, ELDs are used to track important safety information such as tire pressure and engine health, allowing dispatchers and managers to monitor truck performance and condition from a distance. While this is clearly a benefit to carriers, it also benefits drivers and customers; better detection of engine issues before they become problematic can mean timely repairs and preventative maintenance that reduces the risk of breakdowns and associated delays.

  • ELDs Help Improve Fuel Efficiency By monitoring fuel efficiency and idle time, ELDs help drivers reduce unnecessary fuel use, and alert carriers to issues that could be addressed by additional training, such as hard braking and inefficient driving. Since fuel cost is the largest single expense in determining cost per mile for transport, savings in this area benefit us all.

  • ELDs Improve Driving Safety When it comes to safety, the list of ELD benefits is quite long: they improve HOS compliance (reducing the likelihood of fatigue and the risk of preventable accidents); they improve seatbelt use, and they limit speeding (a factor in nearly 33 percent of fatal accidents). In addition to improving safety for truck drivers, these benefits also make the road much safer for everyone who shares it with them.

By eliminating paperwork, improving accuracy and safety, increasing the wealth of data available to decision-makers, and helping to reduce unnecessary expenses, ELDs are making huge strides to improve transport efficiency and performance. The result is greater simplicity and less work for drivers; lower costs and better reliability for customers; and better safety for everyone on the road. With such wide-reaching benefits, it’s really difficult to overstate the value of ELDs.

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Steve Wadhams

Steve Wadhams

As Co-owner and President, Steve oversees three trucking divisions, 700 employees, and 300+ trucks. The dedication, integrity, and personal touch that helped his father succeed remain the cornerstone of Wadhams Enterprises. By the 1980s, he and his brother had taken over an active leadership role, focusing on acquisitions and purchasing assets and operating authorities. They have seen the company grow from $4 million to $96 million in 2014. To fulfill Wadhams’ mission to be the “Carrier of Choice, Employer of Choice,” Steve actively seeks out opportunities for continue growth and improvement for his people and his fleet.