Benefits of an ELD integration

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Introduction

As a trucking company, it’s no secret that you’ve got a lot of vehicles to manage. You have drivers to schedule, routes to plan, and loads to deliver. So, when it comes down to tracking your drivers’ hours, integrating an ELD solution into your software is the only viable option. What other benefits are there though?

Less paperwork

The ELD integration will help you reduce the amount of paperwork and manual tasks that your drivers are performing on a daily basis. They’re going to be able to focus on what they do best – driving.

This means less time spent on paperwork, processing, data entry, and back-office tasks. This frees up both your drivers’ time and yours.

Driver performance

Driver performance is an important part of a company’s bottom line. With the number of hours drivers are on the road, small changes make big impacts on safety, service, and the bottom line.

In addition to helping companies improve driver performance in real time, ELD integration also helps companies track driver behavior over time so they can recognize trends or patterns in behavior that might not have been noticed previously.

Safety and compliance

The ELD’s ability to monitor driver compliance with HOS and other regulations can be a huge benefit for fleets in terms of safety and saving money.

Drivers are required by law to keep logs of the hours they drive and take breaks. Though, there are numerous examples of drivers falsifying those logs. This may be to make up for sleep deprivation or bad weather that makes it unsafe for them to drive at all. This is a dangerous practice because it puts everyone on the road at risk of an accident.

With an ELD integration, fleets can ensure that their drivers are complying with HOS regulations. Ensuring compliance avoids any penalties from authorities, as well as potential legal action.

Fuel economy

Fuel economy is a key consideration for trucking companies, as fuel costs rank as the second highest cost for carriers behind driver wages. The integration of an ELD helps you find ways to reduce fuel costs. An integrated ELD can also help you lower the carbon footprint of your fleet by helping you optimize driving techniques that reduce fuel consumption.

Driving habits like braking lightly, or checking tire inflation can make a significant difference in fuel economy, especially at scale.

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency ran 10 trucks over 58,000 miles, recorded 237 deliveries, and achieved a cumulative 8.3 MPG, 38% over the average 6.0 MPG. If all regional haul fleets operated that efficiently, savings could reach more than $9 billion in fuel a year and 30.6 million tons of CO2.

Communication and collaboration

An integrated ELD solution allows drivers to communicate and collaborate with other systems. This can help improve efficiency in a number of ways, including:

  • Visibility – By connecting your mobile application to the right cloud-based applications, you can ensure that all aspects of your business are running smoothly. For example, a smart TMS can allow you to share track and trace information directly with customers.
  • Cost savings – An integrated system will save time by eliminating the need for manual data entry from multiple sources (i.e., paper logs, spreadsheets). It also eliminates duplicate data entries because all information is automatically synced between applications so there’s no retyping necessary!

A better user experience

An ELD integration allows you to take advantage of a better user experience. Due to their ease-of-use, most users find ELDs more intuitive and easier to use than other types of software. This means that drivers spend less time learning how to use the device and can instead focus on driving safely.

Additionally, an electronic logging system integration reduces training costs by reducing employee turnover rates due to driver inexperience and having fewer new drivers needing training on a manual logbook system. The reduced cost comes from eliminating paper logs and printing costs as well as decreased time spent training employees on manual systems.

Data tracking

The ability to track vehicle location, speed, driver behavior and hours of service compliance is a huge benefit for fleet managers. It allows them to better understand the operation of their trucks and drivers. In addition, it provides insights into fuel efficiency and safety—important data for improving operations on an ongoing basis.

Smarter software that’s updated more frequently and less expensively

One of the most important benefits of an ELD integration is that your software will be smarter. You won’t have to spend time updating the system, because it’s updated automatically by the cloud-based software service that hosts your data and applications.

In addition to being more efficient, this also means you’ll be able to access new features sooner than if you were using a traditional on-premise solution.

Improved customer service

As a business owner, you want to provide your customers with the best possible experience. With an ELD integration, you can do just that. When drivers use a fully integrated solution, they’re able to access all the information they need about their trips directly from their mobile device or computer—without having to wait for someone else in your company to get back to them with answers. This means faster response times and higher customer satisfaction ratings across the board.

It’s not just about speed: integrated tools also mean more accurate billing and better connectivity between different departments within your organization as well as between employees and clients outside of it. In short: integrated solutions save businesses time and money while improving efficiency across all areas of operations!

Better connectivity

Connections to other devices and software are a huge benefit of an ELD integration. The first connection is the ability for an ELD to interface with other ELDs. This allows fleets using multiple ELDs to transfer data between their systems, so they can have one central location where all logs are located.

Another connection that’s useful for fleet managers is the ability for them to connect their device to GPS systems. This allows them to see where drivers were when they were logged on, even if it wasn’t necessarily during a work shift or when driving for business purposes. If there was ever any question about whether a driver was performing personal or company duties while driving in their logbook, this would help clear up any ambiguity by providing evidence that the driver was heading toward work at the time the driver claimed they would be there in their logbook entries.

The final type of connectivity an ELD integration offers fleet managers is the ability for them use third-party monitoring software in conjunction with their device and logs stored on it.

More accurate billing

Automated systems work best with a connected system. This allows for less room for human error, more accurate information, and more accurate billing. Bills will be easier to read and understand, making them easier to reconcile as well.

You also will spend less time on billing and more time on other parts of your business.

Compliance with HOS rules

ELDs automatically track, record, and transfer a driver’s HOS hours. This helps companies stay in compliance with HOS rules and DOT regulations. They notify drivers when they’re approaching their maximum driving time limit, so they can take breaks or switch drivers before it becomes an issue.

They automatically record the vehicle’s location for the entire trip, including when a break was taken or not to ensure compliance is maintained.

Conclusion

An ELD integration is a great tool for trucking companies. From increased productivity to improved safety, it’s clear that integrating your fleet management system with an ELD is a smart move for any company that wants to stay competitive and compliant with regulations.

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