Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in ELD Implementation

Make your fleet’s compliance transition as smooth as possible.

Wayne Brown, VP of Information Technology at Maverick Transportation shares his insight and lessons learned during his team’s ELD-predecessor implementation of 1500+ trucks.


With the December 2017 ELD compliance date approaching, some fleets have already started working toward ELD compliance. Maverick’s first-hand experience with the process of adopting Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs) offers a unique opportunity to share valuable tips for the road ahead.

1. Choose the right ELD technology — not the cheapest.

You may be tempted to go with the cheapest or easiest ELD solution on the market, but buyer beware — you get what you pay for! Choosing a vendor with a real-time and connected solution will give you the flexibility to go beyond just ELD compliance to realize tangible benefits in other areas.

According to Brown, “There will be a lot of truck stop ELD-type solutions that meet the minimum requirements of the regulation, but they really won’t provide companies with the data they need to manage and utilize their equipment in a more efficient and knowledgeable way than they do today.”

2. Fill the Communication Gap!

With any new initiative, it’s important to think about how it will be received by other people within your company — not just how it affects you or a specific group. By clearly stating why the changes are happening, providing detailed timelines, and encouraging feedback you can increase your fleet’s understanding and buy-in to the process — ultimately making an easier transition. It may sound like a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true!

3. Train, train, train!

All of the planning in the world won’t prevent your ELD program from failing if you don’t place importance on consistently training the people who are actually going to use the tools. Not only should they know how it works, but they should also understand why it’s important and how it helps them in their day-to-day. “The worst thing you can do to these guys is hand them new technology without training — without explaining how it works, what it does, and why they have it,” Brown explains. Learn more about how to introduce ELDs to your drivers here.

4. Get the most out of your ELD.

A common misconception is that ELDs are just here as an answer to industry regulations but in reality, they can be so much more than that! The transparency that the ELDs provide can offer many other important capabilities to reduce costs and increase overall fleet efficiency. In time, ELDs will pay for themselves with the added value they bring to your organization — so the sooner you start the process, the more you’ll save! Click here to see how much you could save with the ELD ROI calculator.

5. Embrace technology for the road ahead.

By the end of 2017, your fleet will need to have an ELD solution in place — but why stop there? Meeting the requirements of the ELD mandate should be only the first step in leveraging technology and moving your company into the future. Many ELD providers offer a wide array of additional solutions to reach even higher levels of efficiency, savings, and even safety. Having a solution that empowers your growth into the future should be a strong consideration when selecting an ELD.

The road to ELD implementation and adoption can be challenging enough, even if everything is rolled out perfectly. Thanks to industry visionaries like Wayne Brown and Maverick Transportation, you can learn from their first-hand experience and avoid potential pitfalls. For more information about Wayne Brown and Maverick Transportation’s experiences read the full story here!

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