With the December 2017 ELD mandate deadline behind us, many drivers are starting 2018 with a brand new piece of technology in their truck — an electronic logging device. If it’s taking you a little while to get adjusted, you’re not alone. New technology comes with a learning curve; but fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your transition a bit smoother. To make sure you have all your bases covered, here are 4 items the FMCSA requires drivers to have on hand while operating under the use of e-logs.
ELD User’s Manual
Your ELD should come with a user guide, whether in print form, digital form, or both, and this ELD user’s manual should contain everything you need to know about operating your ELD. From installation to all of the built-in features you use on your daily drive, you should find the answers to your questions in your ELD user’s manual. If you have a physical copy of your user guide, try to keep it alongside your vehicle’s user manual for easy access.
HOS Record Transfer Instructions
Fact: no one likes an inspection that takes way longer than it should. To help streamline the process as much as possible, you’ll need to know how to quickly and easily share your HOS records with safety officials. That’s why it’s important to keep record transfer instructions on hand.
To make it easier on the driver, My20 ELD offers three ways to transfer your HOS — you can email it, print it, or upload it to the FMCSA server to share the data. This eliminates the need to hand your mobile device to anyone, and it protects your privacy.
One thing drivers were nervous about ahead of the ELD mandate was the potential of malfunctions with their e-logs. While ELDs should work properly the vast majority of days, we understand that technology does not operate flawlessly 100% of the time. Therefore, it’s wise to have an easily accessible plan in place in case of technical difficulties. Your ELD should come with instructions on how to report ELD malfunctions and how to proceed with record keeping. Of course, in the event of an emergency, you can contact your ELD provider for support.
8 Days (Or More) of Paper Logs
If you are experiencing an ELD malfunction at any point, make sure that you keep at least 8 days of blank paper logs in your truck. This way, you can continue reporting your hours of service on paper — and stay compliant.
Get Your *Trucks* in a Row
In the event of an emergency, it’s always better to be on the safe side. Place all the documents you need in the same, easily-accessible spot so you’ll know just where they are when you need them. It also helps to know how to locate them on your device (if your ELD offers digital instructions), just in case.