Helping drivers adapt to electronic logging devices

 

Helping drivers adapt to electronic logging devices

Source: FleetAnswers Electronic logging devices, or ELDs, are not something your fleet can continue to ignore. At some point in the coming years, the law is going to require you to make the switch from paper logs to electronic. While you may have already embraced the benefits and recognized the inevitability of this switch, your drivers, especially those who have been driving for years or even decades, may struggle. Here are some tips to make the transition easier on your most valuable asset - your drivers.

  • Introduce ELD Technology Early

First, make sure you introduce the technology early. If you wait until you are right up against the deadline, then you do not have time for a smooth transition or any grace period for your drivers. You know you need to make the change, so start shopping for a system today.

  • Encourage an Embracing of the Benefits

Next, instruct your drivers about the benefits of these systems. While many of these benefits are for your organization, some benefit the driver specifically. For instance, with an electronic system, your drivers will spend less time working on the books, and this will actually help drivers make more money if they are paid by the mile or by the hour on the road. In fact, the FMCS and its Regulatory Impact Analysis for ELDs indicated that drivers could save over $700 a year on time wasted on paperwork.

In addition, ELDs improve the accuracy of logs. This eliminates the risk of citations for inaccurate or incomplete logs. Also, because logs are more accurate, drivers are able to insist on the necessary rest stops to keep them safe on the road, reducing the risk of accidents. When drivers see these types of benefits and how they benefit them directly, they are more accepting of the new technology.

  • Provide Training

One of the reasons drivers struggle with new technology is the fact that they don't understand how to use it. Providing training will help ensure that your drivers know how to use the technology for maximum benefit. Most of these systems are incredibly easy to implement and use, and once your drivers understand this, they will be happier with the changes.

  • Provide a Grace Period

Changes always take a period of adjustment. While you do need to insist on compliance, since ELD is the law, you can help your drivers by giving them a grace period to accept and implement your new rules. During the grace period, avoid reprimanding those who have not complied, but instead provide positive reinforcement to those who have done a good job. The more positive attitudes you can bring to the transition, the easier it will be for everyone.

  • Implement the Change in Stages

If you have a large fleet, consider starting with just a handful of drivers. Then, give them time to adjust and work the kinks out of your new system before adding more. Implementing the change a little at a time will help make the transition smoother for everyone in the fleet. It will also give you the chance to overcome any problems with just a handful of drivers before launching the campaign across your fleet.

Remember, change isn't easy for anyone. Dropping the ELD on your drivers without warning, training or transition will create problems. With these ideas, you can help this transition to be smooth and positive, rather than stressful and negative.

This article is part of our ELD series:

Learn more about making the transition to ELD. Whether you've already had your deadline or waiting for your deadline to arrive, this article provides tips that will help you quickly adapt to or transition to this new required technology. 

Why waiting to implement ELD technology is a bad idea. Are you waiting until the deadline to switch to ELD technology? Here are some reasons that this is not the best idea.

 

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