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Scalability Considerations to Finding the Best Electronic Logging Device (ELD)
July 26, 2021
As a fleet manager or owner-operator, we know you want to maximize your resources while also finding tools that are reliable and increase productivity. It’s no wonder you want the best electronic logging device (ELD) — it’s something you use every day. Whether you’re new to the industry and just getting set up with the mandatory equipment you need to run your fleet or you’re looking to switch ELDs, you’ve found the right resource! There are hundreds of devices available at a variety of price points. Some systems even include features beyond the legally required data, but will they benefit you? In this series, we identify major considerations you need to address before choosing the best ELD for your organization.
Depending on the vendor, your ELD might include additional features at little to no extra cost. Some of these offerings include GPS, two-way messaging, safety alerts and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) fuel tax reporting. These premium features can provide yet another layer of data, savings, and security that can further improve fleet management. Companies that are on a fast track to growth should consider the scalability these tools provide. Using the right ELD can exponentially ease the process of growing a fleet.
Two-way messaging helps truckers stay in touch with headquarters while they’re on the road. It’s critical to business operations to maintain strong lines of communication whether you’re traversing locally or run a fleet that’s over-the-road or regional. In-person, face-to-face time may be limited, so ELDs form the bridge of communication for fleets of all sizes. GPS and odometer monitoring capabilities, as mentioned above, also support a range of desirable functions.
A GPS system attached to your vehicle offers an insurance policy of sorts. If a vehicle from your fleet goes missing, you lose an integral business component and highly valuable asset. Tracking your vehicle provides a measure of safety for your personnel and a way to track your trucks. If you lose communication with a driver, you still have a system to locate them. Plus, operators can navigate their own way on routes instead of having to rely on outdated paper maps.
Interstate fleets operating in two or more states or provinces require additional taxation on their fuel usage. ELDs with automated tax reporting makes it easy to compile the necessary data which simplifies the process while lessening the burden of administrative work. Previously, fuel permits had to be obtained from every state a driver entered and manually track all miles drive across state lines and fuel purchases. Automation eases this measure of compliance to keep your fleet on the right side of the law. Plus this feature provides you with business planning data you can use to project future tax expenses among other information.
Finding the best ELD will require you to address your company’s finances, operations and even long-term goals. There isn’t a one-size-fits all answer, but we hope this guide provides a starting point for you to identify what electronic logging device is right for you. To learn more about ELDs, check out our previous blog posts on other considerations like cost, support and technology. Then, when you’re ready to make your purchase, head to the Jubitz Truck Service Center and let us assist you in buying your device.