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Terminology Change: EOBRs Transitioning to ELDs

  
  
  

Electronic onboard recorders, or EOBRs, became a common term in the fleet and long-haul operations industry after Pres. Obama signed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) into law on July 6, 2012. But now, the updated legislation requires a change in verbiage; electronic onboard recorders are known as electronic logging devices or ELDs.

Although EOBR is still an acceptable generic term, ELD refers to the systems defined by MAP-21. You'll start to notice the change on our website and materials moving forward. 

ELDsMAP-21 ties in directly to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that went into effect last July. Five provisions were added to the rule that tightened the reins on violations and addressed the issue of fatigued drivers. The provisions included the addition of a 30-minute rest period after eight continuous hours of driving; the new 30 minute rest period reduces the daily driving limit from 14 hours to 13.5; there must be two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. during the 34-hour rest period; drivers get only one restart per 168 hours, cutting driving time per week from 82 hours to 70 and the definition of egregious violations has been redefined with updated fine fees.

What to expect from an ELD system

1. Reduce Out-of-Route Miles and Cut Fuel Costs

By utilizing GPS turn-by-turn directions, drivers take the most efficient route, which eliminates unnecessary miles, saves time, allows drivers to complete more jobs and cuts fuel consumption and spending.

2. Breeze through Inspections and Vehicle Reports

Gone are the days where a driver spends an hour or more completing DVIR and roadside inspections on paper. With ELDs drivers can easily complete the electronic reports in the form of a check list on the in-cab device. When completing roadside inspections, the driver can hand the ELD to law enforcement for a smooth and timely review.

3. Communicate Safely with Remote Workers

With ELDs, the home office is able to communicate with drivers and remote workers by using a two-way messaging system. The messaging system ensures the highest safety for your drivers, operating only when the vehicle is stopped.

ELDs4. Reduce Paperwork

ELDs basically eliminate the need for paper logs and streamlines reporting processes for FMCSA and IFTA reports. All data is instantaneously sent to the database, which can be accessed by a user on any device with internet access.

5. Stay FMCSA Compliant

With the updated HOS regulations, and the looming fines that come with violations, stay on top of FMCSA compliance with ELDs. Notifications will automatically alert drivers and home office staff when nearing the required 30-minute rest period, or the 14-hour on-duty limit.  

Even though these benefits are great, you want to do your homework before you jump right into the software. Before you sign on with a company, make sure:

  • The solution meets all FMCSA requirements now and is future-ready.
  • All workers are ready to embrace the switch
  • The provider partners with you, not only during, but after installations are complete. You don’t want an easy fix, then someone who turns away.
  • To purchase a standard device. Using a proprietary device paints you in a corner.

With a system like Pedigree Technologies OneView® you have the flexibility to use the hardware and network that works best for your business. To learn how our Electronic Logging Device solution can help you business, schedule a live web demo today.

Pedigree Technologies CEO published in Modern Contractor Solutions

  
  
  

Recently, Pedigree Technologies’ CEO Alex Warner wrote a feature article for Modern Contractor Solutions magazine. In the article, Warner details how a company's equipment can actually become part of their mobile workforce.

Modern Contractor Solution Telematics is an emerging technology that many have heard of but don’t fully understand. And with the way it’s constantly evolving, it’s almost impossible to stay up to date on the latest industry news and trends.

To learn more about mobile resources management software, and how it can help your business, read the article, Making the Equipment Part of Your Workforce: The Emerging Evolution in Telematics on Modern Contractor Solutions website. 

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System alerts: How They Can Help Your Oil and Gas Business

  
  
  

There is no shame in needing a reminder to help you stay on track. Most of us wouldn’t wake up on time each morning if we didn’t have an alarm. In fact, we use alerts for many of the things we do. When cooking, a timer goes off, and when our gas tank is low, a light goes on. So why should the workplace be any different?

HOSIn the oil and gas industry, there is a constant need to “stay on track.” There are deliveries going out and coming in at a steady pace. Drivers spend long hours on the road, tanks are emptied and refilled multiple times per day, and the stream of new jobs seems endless. Amidst this chaos, even the slightest mishap can delay operations.  If you miss a routine maintenance check-up, you could be stuck with a mechanical breakdown that’s costly to repair, and unauthorized stops and equipment use contribute to avoidable ware and tear or misplaced machines. 

When using software solutions such as equipment tracking, dispatching or maintenance, businesses have the opportunity to set up custom notifications and alarms ensuring that maintenance isn’t missed, unauthorized use doesn’t happen, HOS regulations are not violated, tanks never get too low and much more.

With telematics system alerts, you can:

  1. Set up landmarks to see when and where people are stopping with company equipment
  2. Establish geo-fencing  with alarms for when a machine moves out of a designated area, preventing unauthorized equipment use
  3. Track the volume of tanks with notifications when it gets too low or too much is taken out
  4. Avoid HOS violations with alarms for nearing the end of driving time or on-duty time
  5. Maximize equipment use with insight into excessive idle times
  6. Schedule preventative maintenance with alerts, weeks, days or hours in advance
  7. Instant alerts when jobs are updated
  8. Receive low battery updates
  9. See when a driver/truck fails inspection   

    There is no shame in needing a reminder now and then. It could mean the difference between thousands of dollars in equipment repairs and spending nothing at all. Are you using telematics system alerts in your business? Tell us how they keep you on track in a comment below or tweet @pedtech using #SystemAlerts. 

    Go Paperless with EOBRs and Electronic Work Orders

      
      
      

    In the past, many companies relied on paper; paper logs, paper fuel tickets, paper receipts, paper invoices, etc. Completing these paper forms took large amounts of time for remote workers filling them out and also for the office staff entering and filing them. Paper logs can contain errors or get misplaced, and drivers on the road don’t turn in invoices and logs for extending periods of time. There are many variables working against companies that still rely on paper logs as their main form of reporting. To avoid potential setbacks and record falsifications, businesses are now making the switch to electronic logging, such as electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) and electronic work orders. But what is electronic logging, and how can it help you?

    EOBREOBRs and electronic ticketing have been getting a lot of press, most recently due to the new FMCSA mandate that went into effect this summer. Besides the mandate for all long-haul operations, many people know little about the technology and are unaware of the very real benefits and ROI that come with it.

    EOBRs or electronic logs (E-Logs) eliminate the need for paper log books and the hassles they bring. It’s more important than ever to keep accurate logbooks to meet all compliance and regulations; if you don’t it will cost you. Breaking HOS regulations or other report compliance can result in large fines and potential dings on both the driver's and company’s record. By using a tablet or Smartphone, all drivers can now log their hours and stops electronically, which is immediately transmitted to the home office. Prior to EOBRs, HOS violations could go unnoticed for weeks due to back logs in paperwork. Now, with the ability to hit one small button for “driving,” the home office is up to date with the status of all workers. Automated alarms trigger when a driver is nearing the driving and on-duty limit and notifies both the driver and home office.

    E-LogsWith the in-cab device, companies can implement electronic work orders. Electronic work orders ensure drivers and remote employees have everything they need to get the job done right. All paper forms previously used are completed on the in-cab device. Drivers can fill out fuel tickets, vehicle inspections, invoices, delivery receipts, capture signatures, and in the event of road-side inspections, the device can easily be removed from the cab for review, getting drivers back on the road faster. The home office can even send turn-by-turn directions directly to the tablet so drivers know exactly where they are going.

    Going paperless benefits:

      • Complete electronic work orders, fuel purchase forms and driver vehicle inspection reports
      • Dispatch workers to job sites
      • Capture signatures and document images
      • Give turn-by-turn directions
      • Communicate with safe, two-way messaging Electronic driver logs
      • Breeze through road-side inspections

    Going paperless, piggy-backed on a fleet tracking solution, allows for more efficient operations in many businesses.  Whether you’ve already made the switch, or are still thinking about it, EOBRs will soon be the law of the land. So why wait? Check out our EOBR Buyer’s Guide for tips on purchasing the software.

    Have you experienced benefits we didn’t mention? Tweet @pedtech using #GoPaperless. 

    Utilize Dispatch Software to Stay Safely Connected

      
      
      

    With the first winter storm in the books, it appears that icy, snow-packed roads settled in for the season. The slower-than-average, white knuckled driving conditions pose challenges for long-haul companies with multiple remote drivers. It slows down operations and makes safe connections and location updates increasingly difficult. Closed roads cause delays or detours and require rerouting, and it’s very unsafe to talk on the phone while pulling 70 tons on slick roads. Consequently, job status information and efficient directions become difficult to relay.

    dispatchingTo combat these potential setbacks, many companies use dispatch software on top of fleet tracking to communicate with workers and track all trucks and vehicles. Dispatch software works with an in-cab device and supplies drivers with the necessary information needed to complete jobs, while the home office reroutes trips. The office can also prioritize and dispatch the nearest driver to new jobs after checking location and status all on one screen. Safe, two-way messaging is available and can be sent to just one, or a group, of workers and only functions when the vehicle is immobile.

    The features offered with dispatch software are:

      • Dispatch workers to a job sites
      • Provide route optimization
      • Give turn-by-turn directions
      • Communicate with two-way messaging
      • Pull vehicle status updates 

    All these features work together so companies can streamline business and functionality. Dispatch software, coupled with fleet tracking, let companies:dispatch software

      • Stay in touch with mobile workers – Communicate with mobile workers using safe, simple messages and job updates that are delivered directly to their in-cab device
      • Eliminate out-of-route miles – Save on unnecessary miles and reduce vehicle wear and tear with the best route possible
      • Increase customer satisfaction – Keep customers informed of accurate pick-up and delivery times
      • Save on fuel costs – Turn-by-turn directions provide the best route possible, reducing delivery costs and fuel consumption

    Winter is a stressful time for everyone on the road, and safety is the No. 1 priority.  Don’t become a statistic and start using safe communication means today. Want to learn more about dispatch software? Check out our brochure!

    What is an Electronic Logging Device?

      
      
      

    Although they have been a hot topic in the technology field for the last couple years, some people are still wondering what exactly an eletronic logging device is. An electronic logging device is an in-cab device that records critical data on vehicle movement, vehicle status and driver status. Data is collected on hours of service (HOS), engine runtime and idle time and vehicle reports are shared to a web-based counterpart in the home office.

    How can you use logging devices?

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    By now you have probably heard all about the new HOS regulations that went into effect this past summer, so staying compliant is more important than ever. The most common use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) is to track HOS. In the past, many companies have completed this process by only using paper logs. This was not only time consuming for the drivers, but also for the office staff that had to review them and enter the hours into a data base. The ELDs automatically send all driver information to the database where it can easily be reviewed and processed on the computer.

    Integrated with GPS capabilities, turn-by-turn directions are available to get drivers to and from a job in less time and less miles, maximizing route efficiency. The ELD can also be used to quickly and easily complete Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR), roadside inspections, fuel purchase forms and capture signatures. The tablet can be removed from the cab to breeze through inspections, and the device can be expanded for work order and dispatching capabilities.

    Why drivers love ELDs

    Switching from paper logs to electronic logs can seem very intimidating to drivers and they will have reservations. Many drivers feel like ELDs are just another way for big brother to look over their shoulder. However, we found that once drivers started using ELDs, they feel very differently. After the initial resistance, drivers start to realize that using an ELD actually saves them time and makes their job easier. Here are just a few reasons why drivers like using ELDs:

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    • Reduce paperwork and reporting time – With ELDs and a fleet tracking system, diagnostic information pulled from the engine help drivers automatically record their HOS. ELDs ensure all hours are accurate and error free so they can be used as a solid defense when asked to drive more hours than available

    • Stay FMCSA compliant – When compliance is not met, penalties and fines arise and question the integrity of the entire business. When nearing the on-duty limit, automated alarms are triggered on the device, ensuring drivers can find a place to pull over in time.

    • Add driving time to your day – With paper logs, drivers had to round up in 15-minute increments, which can lead to lost driving time. With ELDs, drivers are able to record HOS down to the minute, adding more driving time to the day. With the elimination of paper logs, this accuracy can lead to an additional five to 10 hours of driving each week.

    • Breeze through inspections – The hassle of completing manual paperwork when conducting a DVIR before each trip is tedious and time consuming. With an ELD, drivers can easily and quickly complete inspections electronically. By completing these tasks on a tablet or Smartphone, paperwork will never be misplaced and the home office won’t have to wait days to receive it. Also, the in-cab device can be used in the event of traffic stops to help officers quickly see any log violations and be on their way.

    • Stay in touch with the home office – Relying on cell phones to communicate with drivers is unsafe and in some cases illegal. Some ELD systems provide two-way messaging between the driver and home office to be used only when the vehicle is not operating, to meet FMCSA compliance. Utilizing dispatching with the ELDs allows you to make real-time updates to stops and communicate with customers more accurately.

    • Recreational use of mobile devices – When drivers are out on a long trip, there is often a lot of downtime. During these times, drivers can stay entertained by watching a movie or playing a game, as well as keep in touch with family, when utilizing a non-proprietary device.

    Choosing a system that’s right for you

    First and foremost, you want to make sure the ELD meets all FMCSA requirements and is future-ready. Second, bear in mind that implementing an ELD is more than just putting an electronic device in your trucks and vehicles. Everyone that plans on using an ELD needs to embrace the change and be ready to learn the new system. Next, find a company that will partner with you in the process of installation and system use, not one that sets you up with an easy fix then turns the other way. Lastly, carefully look into the hardware and avoid proprietary devices. Purchasing a device that only runs ELD software from a provider will paint you into a corner, when a non-proprietary device gives greatly functionality. 

    Myths and Hesitations

    Many companies feel that ELDs are an invasion of privacy to drivers. However, we found that after the initial resistance, many drivers realized that EOBRs actually take less effort on their part and can be used as a solid defense when asked to drive more hours than is legal. There is also the misconception that ELDs will cost more time and money to implement than they will save. But the opposite is true. Paper logbooks are recorded in 15-minute increments, and ELDs record down to the minute, saving a driver time, and that’s not even considering the time saved from not filling out the paper logs each day. The cost of implementing ELDs is much less than most realize, and the ROI is so rapid that most businesses wish they had put a system in place long ago.   

    Benefits of ELDs

    There are many benefits your company and drivers get from using ELDs. They include:

    • Increased Safety Scores - With ELDs, you can boost your company’s safety score, as well as provide a safer driving environment for employees. Systems provide real-time reports on speed, mileage, stops and engine diagnostics, as well as alert drivers when it’s nearing the end of their driving time. This can make a significant impact on your company’s overall safety score, leading to lower insurance premiums and increased profits.

    • Reduce Errors and Improve Accuracy – Electronic driver logs save drivers time and prevent errors in their paperwork. The real-time, up-to-date information provided from an ELD is always correct and electronically stored data is never lost. Spending less time on paper work and more time on the road puts more money in your bottom line.

    • Reduce HOS Violations and Improve Driver Behavior – These violations are typically not dealt with until it’s too late, which in turn leads to company penalties and fines. ELDs automatically notify both the driver and office staff when nearing the end of the 11-hour driving limit, as well as the 14-hour on-duty limit. The GPS tracking capabilities allow drivers to map out safe stops in advance, so violations do not occur.

    • Improve Driver Behavior - If you couple ELDs with fleet tracking solutions, data on reckless driving behaviors, like fatigued driving, speeding and incorrect logs, can be pulled. With this information, address problems and coach bad habits to prevent penalties.

    Are you using an electronic device in your business? Download our ELD buyers guide for more information on how your business can start saving today. 

    How to Winterize Heavy Equipment

      
      
      

    With cooler weather settling in, many construction companies, farmers and equipment rental businesses face the grueling task of preparing their equipment for harsh winter conditions. If you don’t properly winterize equipment, you could be hit with several serious problems come spring time. Your company spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on those pieces of equipment, and replacing expensive machines due to lack of popper care is a luxury few can afford.

    winterize equipmentThe first step in preparing your equipment for winter should always be to checking the owner’s manual for suggested winterizing tips. Second, no matter what pre-winter steps you take, throughout the season you should start the machine every so often and let it briefly run to warm up the engine and affirm the gears are running smoothly in the cold temperatures. Lastly, if your equipment has any attachments you should detach them from the machine and keep them store separately. The strain of holding on attachments in freezing weather can cause great damage to joints and hinges.

    Before you put your equipment away for the season, go through our pre-winter checklist:

    ___ Check all lights

    ___ Check windshield wipers

    ___ Make sure batteries are fully charged and are dirt and corrosion free

    ___ Check all fluid levels

    ___ Change engine oil and filters

    ___ Make sure belts are in good condition

    ___ Ensure the heater is operational

    ___ ‘Grease’ the entire machine

    ___ Check for general machine damage; fix it

    ___ Lube all doors and joints

    ___ Add mechanical fuel/water separators and fuel warmers to diesel machines

    ___ Clean all mirrors and windows

    ___ Make sure brakes and the parking brake are operational

    ___ Change the oil on 4-cycle engines

    ___ Add fuel stabilizers

    ___ Check fan belts for condition, tension and alignment

    ___ Ensure they are no fuel leaks, and make sure the proper fuel blend is being used

    ___ If you plan to use the equipment on snow and ice, be sure to winterize tires


    These are just a few of the recommended steps in preparing equipment for winter. Do you have any tips we missed? Comment below or tweet @pedtech using #WinterPrep. 

    7 Myths About Fleet Tracking Systems

      
      
      

    If you manage a fleet of vehicles, running efficient operations is a must. Fleet tracking systems have burst onto the market, making it hard for companies to know what provider to go with. If you are still under the misconception that fleet tracking cost you more time and money to implement, then you are missing out on a huge competitive advantage.

    Here are the top 8 myths related to fleet tracking systems:

    1. There is no real value you receive

    If you believe that you can buy a software system, turn it on and expect results, then you probably will never get any value from that system. Sure, hardware can tell you how fast your truck is going or what stops your drivers made, but if you aren’t trained on how to use this data, then you probably won’t see any value. When you a fleet tracking system to its full capacity, you can see an ROI within just a few months. We see the largest ROIs in these areas:

    • Reduced fuel consumptionFleet Tracking Systems

    • Increase operational efficiencies and productivity

    • Dispatch and route drivers more effectively

    • Improve customer service

    • Reduce out-of-route miles and unnecessary stops

    • Streamline FMCSA and IFTA Reporting

    2. All systems are the same

    It may be true that many providers out there offer similar features, but what’s really important is the vision of a company. Yes, you probably will be able to see where you trucks are on a map, but what types of products will the company offer five years from now? Look for businesses that will grow with you, allowing you to add on other asset categories or EOBRs when you are ready. While many companies have great products, their service and technical support after the sale does not back up the product. Carefully consider the training and support plans they have in place so you aren’t left with a system who don’t know how to use.

    3. Employees feel it’s an invasion of their privacy

    One of the first concerns many companies have is “our drivers will think we don’t trust them.” Although, many aspects of driver performance can be tracked with this system, keeping tabs on drivers isn’t the overall goal, its maximizing efficiency. With fleet tracking, you can,

    • Address aggressive driving and coach bad habits such as taking unnecessary stops, speeding or hard breaking.

    • Track delivery routes to see if miles can be shed or a more efficient route taken

    • Eliminate prolonged idling to cut fuel consumption

    • Make sure your drivers fill out their logbooks correctly by knowing how they have been driving

    4. It will take too much time to learn and manage

    Initially, installing and learning the system WILL take some time. However, once the training process is complete, the time savings that result will trump the time it took to learn. First off, you will need to choose one person to act as the system administrator and that person needs to know the system inside out to ensure your company is utilizing its full potential.  If you don’t have the time or resources to have an office staff oversee the system, then you will need to find a provider who offers premiere support services. The most important thing to remember is that implementing a system will require a process change that both you and your employees will have to willing to embrace for it to work properly.  

    5. Too Expensive

    Have you ever heard the phrase you have to spend money to make money? The same methodology applies when purchasing a fleet tracking system. Although there is an upfront cost for purchasing and installing the hardware and software, within just a few months your ROI will start to turn over. Despite popular belief, you can actually increase profits with tracking systems and maintain a safer, more efficient fleet.

    6. It is unnecessary, we can use cell phones

    Many companies think that they can easily stay updated on driver location and job status by simply using a cell phone to communicate back and forth. However, this is an inefficient method and in some cases illegal.  With a fleet tracking system, instantly locate all your drivers on a single screen, without ever having to pick up a phone. With this data, you can respond to customer calls instantaneously by knowing accurate delivery and arrival times. If the driver is using an in-cab device you can also safely communicate with them to update job status or stops.

    7. Not necessary for a small fleet

    You may think because you manage a smaller fleet a system isn’t necessary in your business, but there is always room for improvement. Even if it means eliminating just two trips a week, shaving 10 extra miles off a delivery or providing better customer service with accurate delivery times. The little things add up and will boost your bottom line.  

    If you are interested in learning how a fleet tracking system could boost your bottom line? Schedule a fleet tracking demo today!

    Top 5 Reasons Oil & Gas Companies Use Equipment Tracking

      
      
      

    Drilling an oil well is a very complicated process that typically includes 10 to 30 different service companies. With all of the crews and equipment it takes to drill a well, it can be difficult to know where they are located and what they are doing. To gain real-time visibility into their remote operations, oil and gas companies are turning to equipment tracking software. Utilization of these technologies allows businesses to increase the productivity and efficiency of the equipment, while boosting their customer service. Most of our oil and gas customers purchase our software for 5 main reasons:

    1. Locate all assets and equipmentOil and Gas Equipment Tracking

    Often times, equipment can sit at a job site for days or weeks at a time. Next thing you know its location is forgotten, or worse, it’s been stolen. Taking the time manually search for missing machines in these instances costs your company in more ways than one. Workers drive from site to site, burning up fuel, clocking more hours and putting priority jobs on hold. With an equipment tracking system, you can instantly locate all equipment and get back to business faster. Using any device that has Internet connection, all equipment location data can be accessed on a single screen.

    2. Boost customer service

    Keeping the customer happy is the most important facet of any business. In the oil and gas industry, there are hundreds of pieces of equipment and trucks that come and go each day. In the midst of all these transactions, it’s inevitable that delays will arise. Traffic congestion, a long line at the last job site or a breakdown on the side of the road, are all too common in the service industry and can lead to angry customers stuck waiting for your worker to arrive. Although an equipment tracking system cannot prevent these inconveniences, it keeps you notified on the status of all your workers, allowing you to update the customer with the most accurate arrival time.

    3. Properly schedule maintenance

    When breakdowns occur it can immobilize your entire operations. Often times, costly machine malfunctions could be avoided and take place after basic checkups like oil changes and tire rotations slip through the cracks. Equipment tracking systems coupled with a maintenance solution allows users to properly schedule maintenance on a usage or time-based variable. Configured notifications and alerts can be set up to remind managers of upcoming maintenance appointments weeks or days in advance, ensuring routine appointments are never missed.

    4. Improve billing

    “How long was my equipment actually in use?” This is one of the most common questions when processing billing for rental companies. When a piece of equipment is rented out, or on a job site for a long period of time, hard copies of runtime reports get lost, hours of use go unrecorded or they are forgot all together. When actual engine runtime blurs together, billable hours are skewed, upsetting both the customer and the business. Equipment tracking systems provide instant reports on idle time, usage time and overall engine runtime. With all this data at your fingertips, billing discrepancies are easily resolved and all billable hours are accounted for.

    5. Enhance communication with remote workers

    Relying on drivers to pick up the phone and keep you updated is an unreliable method in the oil and gas industry. Not only does it often slip the remote workers mind, but it is also unsafe and in some cases illegal. With equipment tracking, not only can you instantly pull asset location with GPS tracking, but you can also safely communicate with workers by utilizing dispatching software. An in-cab device provides safe instant messaging between home office staff and the remote worker, but only when the truck or vehicle is stopped and not in use. Update job lists and instantly share them safely to the device, enhancing communication with all employees.

    Interested in learning how equipment tracking systems could boost your business? Download our equipment tracking brochure today!

    6 Reasons Why Drivers Like Using EOBRs

      
      
      

    Many companies are implementing electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) to streamline safety and compliance for their entire fleet.  Switching from paper logs to electronic logs can seem very intimidating to drivers and many will have their reservations when utilizing this technology. Many drivers feel like EOBRs are just another way for big brother to look over their shoulder. However, we have found that once drivers start using EOBRs they feel very differently. After the initial resistance, drivers start to realize that using an EOBR actually saves them time and makes their jobs easier. Here’s six reasons why drivers like using EOBRs:

    1. Reduce Paperwork and Reporting Time

    With EOBRs, driver’s no longer have waste valuable time completing paper forms and calculating driver hours. The Fleet tracking system pulls diagnostic information from the engine to help drivers automatically record their hours-of-service (HOS) data. EOBRs also ensure that all hours are accurate and error free so they can be used as a solid defense in case you are asked to drives more hours than you have available.

    2. Stay FMCSA Compliant

    Staying compliant is one of the main concerns for most drivers and business operators. When compliance is not met, many penalties and fines arise and question the integrity of the entire business. When drivers are nearing their on-duty limit, automated alarms are trigged on the device, ensuring can find a place to pull over in time. Dispatchers or fleet managers can also utilize the system to effectively dispatch drivers to jobs, knowing exactly how many driving hours they have remaining for the trip. 

    3. Add Driving Time To Your DayHOS status

    If you’re still using paper logs, then you know the FMCSA requires drivers to round up driving time in 15 minute increments, which can lead to lost driving time. With EOBRs, drivers are able to record their HOS to the nearest minute, adding more driving time to their day. This coupled with the time savings drivers see by not having to fill out manual logs, can add an additional 5-10 hours of driving time each week.

    4. Breeze Through Inspections

    Before each trip, drivers are required to fill out a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). Many of you know the hassle of having to check each box as you walk around your truck. With a system like ours, you can breeze through this process with an electronic form that allows you to select only areas of concern. Electronic inspections ensure that you never misplace paperwork and home office staff will never have to wait for weeks to receive it. The in-cab device can also be used in the event of traffic stop, to help officers quickly see any log violations and be on their way.

    5. Stay in Touch with the Home Office

    Relying on cell phones to communicate with drivers is a very unsafe, and in some cases illegal, method. Some EOBR systems provide other functionality via the tablet or Smarthphone, such as two-way messaging. On the same device that a driver uses as an EOBR, they can receive safe and simple messages from the home office. Drivers are unable to read messages until they are completely stopped, ensuring FMCSA compliance. With the other features and functionality you can make real-time updates to stops and communicate with customers more accurately.

    6. Recreational Use of Mobile Devices

    When you’re on a long road trip, there is often a lot of downtime while waiting in line for a delivery or when you’re off-duty. During these times, staying entertained and keeping in touch with family can sometimes be difficult. If you select a provider that does NOT have proprietary devices, then you are able to use the same tablet or Smartphone you use as an EOBR to stay in touch with family, play a game or watch a movie.  

    Want to learn more about using EOBRs in your business? Download the EOBR Buyers Guide today! 

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