It has been almost a year since the use of the famous ELDs became mandatory. Although there is not enough data available yet, during this time we have been able to notice some of the benefits of electronic logging devices. Different companies from the hauling and technology industries have shared different information on these benefits, and it is worth reviewing this information.
It is still too early to have definitive results, but the benefits of electronic recording devices can be several. For starters, these devices provide enough data to businesses and drivers. As a result, it is easier to plan simpler and more efficient routes. ELDs also make it easier for drivers to rest for longer periods than before. In addition, these devices are also expected to help reduce truckers’ turnover.
More Data Available
One of the greatest benefits of electronic logging devices is the information that will be available through them. Thanks to the ELD, collecting and analyzing information will be easier. This, in turn, will help transport companies identify different areas of opportunity in a timelier manner. In this way, companies can improve the way they operate, from schedules, routes, maintenance, staff, and so on.
Route Planning More Simple and Efficient
Another great benefit of electronic logging devices is that they facilitate route planning. Thanks to all the data that the ELDs provide, hauling companies can plan simpler, faster, and more efficient routes. This is possible because ELDs allow for better communication with drivers. In addition, monitoring the miles traveled, departure and delivery times, traffic jams, mechanical problems, etc., is now easier.
Drivers Getting More Rest
When the mandate on electronic logging devices was implemented, providing drivers with better working conditions was one of the main objectives. It also sought to have greater control over the Hours of Service of the drivers. This way, drivers could rest better, and when they needed it. When the times of departure and delivery of loads were recorded, it was easy to trick the system. This caused drivers to spend more hours than allowed on the road, which ended up affecting their rest hours and sleep patterns. As a result, ELDs were implemented to regularize these extra periods.
Lower Trucker Turnover
Finding ways to attract new workers to the transportation industry is one of the greatest challenges there are. The use of ELDs seeks to provide more and better working conditions for drivers. In this way, the aim is to end the shortage of truck drivers, in addition to reducing the continuous rotation of personnel. Among the many benefits of electronic recording devices is the provision of more flexible schedules. This would result in more attractive jobs, generating a large number of new jobs in the industry.