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Safety Benefits of Electronic Driver Logs

By definition, an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is a gadget that enables commercial motor carriers and professional truck drivers to track their Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. The ELD works by synchronizing with a truck’s engine to record the driving time automatically, allowing for more accurate and easier recording of hours of service. In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formulated a rule that requires all trucks to use ELDs. The objective of this rule is to help create a better working environment for heavy commercial vehicle drivers and to make it faster and easier to accurately track, manage, and share the records of driving data. This article will disclose to you the safety benefits of electronic driver logs.

Time-saving

EDL will help drivers save their precious time occasionally wasted to enter data into paper logs. The duration saved can be used to increase productivity.

Enhanced Regulatory Compliance

Electronic driver logs are also beneficial in enhancing driver compliance, for instance, helping in the generation of comprehensive vehicle inspection reports and much more. With ELDs, carriers will be able to see if their drivers are driving on the most cost-efficient routes. With this advanced technology tool, you can also tell if there are cases of excessive idling or hard accelerating. The advanced technology forces unruly drivers to just abide.

Increased Road Safety

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) reported that drowsy driving causes about 6,000 deaths, 44,000 injuries, and 72,000 accidents annually. On the other hand, the FMCSA predicts that the implementation of the ELD regulation will help to eliminate about 1,844 truck-related accidents annually, preventing 562 injuries, and saving at least 26 lives. Additionally, the FMCSA predicts the use of ELDs will reduce the preventable crash rate by about 5.1% and the crash rate by approximately 11.7 percent.

Increased Efficiency

Electronic Driver Logs will also help to enhance efficiency by allowing carriers and truck drivers enough time to perfectly plan their deliveries and loads. This efficient fleet management not only guarantees high-quality services but also increased profitability.

Since 1938, drivers of commercial vehicles have been using paper logs to keep track of their hours of service. As the new rule takes effect on December 18, 2017, all commercial motor carriers and professional truck drivers will be required to use ELD to keep track of their hours of service. This new technology-based law is designed to limit the number of accidents, reduce the amount of paperwork, increase efficiency, and help to reduce costs.

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