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Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 14 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.

With the ELD implementation date behind us and enforcement just around the corner, you’ve probably seen ELDs at work in your fleet over the past several months. Now that you’re comfortable with the logging capabilities, let’s look at some other advantages.

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The implementation process likely highlighted that there is a lot of information available. With a robust ELD solution that includes telematics, you should be able to chart the operational habits of your trucks that impact fuel economy. Analyzing your fuel economy through managing idle time and maximizing the time your trucks spend in cruise control is an easy place to start.

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Plan to look at the operational data every 30 days. Start on the first of the month to see how your trucks performed in the past 30 days and how that compares to the month before that. Before long, you’ll start to see how your equipment truly behaves on the road and can take the proper steps to improve its operational efficiency—maybe investing in an idle reduction solution or training your drivers on the proper operation of an automated transmission.

A half of a mile per gallon savings on a truck that’s traveling 100,000 miles a year is between $3,000 and $5,000. That’s significant, when you apply that across the larger fleet of 50 or even 100-plus trucks.

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