The move to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) from paper based recording systems can mean an improvement of fuel efficiency, increasing driver productivity and engagement, and an improvement to safety.
Fuel efficiency
Fuel is one of the largest costs when it comes to logistics. It’s estimated that fuel comprises 22% of a company’s total operational costs. One way to reduce fuel consumption is for drivers to stop idling.
Idling uses more fuel than starting a truck. It’s been shown that for every hour a truck idles, up to one gallon of fuel is burned. As well, one hour of idling per day results in the equivalent of 64,000 miles of engine wear.
ELDs monitor idle time and provide reports to fleet managers who can then use the information to reduce idle times.
Efficient Routing
To save on fuel and time, efficient routing is important. Out-of-route miles can contribute up to 15% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Some ELD’s offer integrated routing software that can suggest routes that save time and money.
Driver Performance Measurement
ELDs can also compare driver performance, which allows fleets to give incentives to top drivers for best practices and coach those that are under performing.
Increasing Driver Productivity, Engagement
There are times when a driver needs to work outside of the cab. ELDs can help a driver complete inspections, capture signatures, and complete other jobs that would normally be done with paperwork.
Driver workflow
Having an efficient workflow allows drivers to focus on getting shipments to their destination, while administrative duties are done automatically.
Automated international fuel tax agreement audits require carriers to maintain a record-keeping system that tracks individual vehicle mileage reports and fuel purchases. ELDs can complete this task which saves drivers time.
In-cab scanning allows drivers to send documents quickly thus reducing time spent on administrative duties, scanning fees, and out-of-route miles.
Improving Safety
Monitoring speed is critical in maintaining driver safety. Monitoring speed allows fleet managers to identify at-risk drivers and correct their behavior.
Not only can ELDs help reduce speed, they can also help in critical event reporting. Onboard sensors record hard braking, time violations, and forward collisions.

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