Guides

These guides provide helpful and in-depth information about important topics in the fleet management industry.

What is Fleet Management?

Fleet management is a discipline required in organizations where transportation is a key part of the overall operation. It consists of tasks related to managing drivers, vehicles, assets (such as trailers and equipment) and vendors of solutions ranging from leasing, insurance, technology, fuel procurement, service and maintenance and more.

Fleet Telematics Explained

The term ‘telematics’ is a combination of ‘telecommunications’ and ‘informatics.’ It is how telecommunications devices send, receive and store data related to mobile, yet connected objects. As a system, telematics describes data collection that offers practical information and guidance.

Naturally, commercial fleet management teams prefer fleet telematics systems because they improve business productivity while eliminating risks. They also save valuable time.

What is an ELD?

An Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is defined as a device or technology that automatically records a driver’s driving time and facilitates the accurate recording of the driver’s hours of service, and meets the technical and functional requirements of Subpart B of 49 C.F.R. Part 395. An ELD must be self-certified and registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

An ELD device must connect to the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) engine to record vehicle information during the driver’s duty status changes and during driving events. ELDs are an evolution of fleet management solutions and utilize the types of technologies: GPS, wireless and/or satellite communications and cloud-based services for storing, accessing and manipulating data.

Understanding ELD Compliance

ELD Compliance means installing and properly using an FMCSA-registered ELD to record hours-of-service in required vehicles.

Failing to keep up with ELD compliance will result in costly penalties. This guide is a look at the major components of the mandate, and what you can do to ensure that your fleet is ELD compliant.

What is Smart Short Haul?

If your driver meets § 395.1(e)(1) criteria for short haul they are exempt from preparing RODS, using an ELD or taking a 30-minute break. This limited exemption from the ELD mandate is called the short-haul exemption and requires drivers to meet several criteria, including hours and air-mile limits, in order to qualify for the exemption.

But there are times when some of your drivers may not meet all the short haul criteria required and RODs must be maintained. Smart Short Haul automatically switches your drivers off the short haul ruleset as soon as they surpass one of the limits and helps produce the RODS for the day.

AOBRD vs. ELD: What’s the difference?

There are key difference between an AOBRD, or Automatic On-Board Recording Device, and ELDs (electronic logging device). The main differences are that:

  • AOBRDs do not record or display as much data as ELDs
  • Using AOBRDs is no longer compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation 49 CFR 395.15

Fleet Dash Cams: Everything You Need to Know

Fleet dash cams are often mounted to the windshield of commercial motor vehicles and they record activity on the road in front of the vehicle, automatically capturing safety-critical events like hard braking, harsh turning, rapid acceleration and collisions.

Read this guide to learn why more and more trucking businesses are adding in-cab cameras to their vehicles. Learn the benefits of dash cams for carriers and drivers, which features are most important, and more.