Does having your truck’s location tracked sound like Big Brother? That’s turned a lot of owner-operators and small carriers off on the idea of having ELDs installed in their trucks. But now that all trucking companies have to get ELDs installed by December 2017, there are advantages to moving to e-logs sooner rather than later.
Saving Time = Saving Money
Do you buy customized driver logs to save time filling them out? What if you didn’t have to fill them out at all? ELDs and Fleet Management Systems let you go paperless and automate your fleet compliance, but you can still get the flexibility of paper logs.
Let's say you spend 20 minutes a day filling out HOS and duty status reports. That's more than 86 hours a year that you could've spent driving instead of doing paperwork.
You could make $7,800 more per year by getting rid of that paperwork (based on 2,000 loaded miles per week at $1.80/mile).
Record of Safety
Most HOS fines are for form and manner violations. In other words, someone just decided that they didn't like the way you filled something out. E-logs get rid of form and manner violations, which will improve your CSA score.
Get a Head-Start on the Competition
A lot of owner-operators and small carriers will wait until the last minute to move to e-logs. Getting a head-start will make you more attractive to brokers and shippers, and gives you a chance to win loyal customers.
Compete with the Big Fleets
With new ELDs and Fleet Management Systems designed for small carriers, you can get the same tools used by the big fleets. Fleet Management Systems that track engine data give you more control over your costs.
How to Protect Your Privacy
For owner-operators who are worried about being tracked, there are still ways to protect your privacy.
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