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Eroad ELD Review

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Owners of the EROAD ELD testify that the device is one of the most reliable high-quality units available on the market. The software was created to be user-friendly and the data captured by the ELD is rated at being 99 percent accurate. Consumers also appreciate the fact that the EROAD is affordable. While it does not come equipped with all of the additional features of some of the more expensive models, the units do have attractive functions.

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EROAD Basics

The ELD was designed as an all-in-one unit that is equipped with one cable that inserts into a vehicle’s diagnostic port. Along with the ECM connection, the device can be used in older vehicles using a 3-wire installation system and a different data capturing technique. The alternative method of installation enables fleet owners having older vehicles to capably use the units. Regardless of the installation technique used, the EROAD is unique in that it has the capability to accurately record required data.

The EROAD is a mere 4.5 inches in size and has a small screen. But, the control buttons are large and the text is amazingly easily viewed. The unit also has a small keyboard, which some may find inconvenient. However, users find that they rarely need the keyboard function.

ELD Functionality

The EROAD was created to be easily understood and used. Drivers find the device capably designed and intuitive. From accomplishing daily tasks to using complex functions that include editing logs, drivers have no difficulty navigating through the electronic logging device’s operational features. The device also features bank-grade security, which protects data and ensures that EROAD owners have complete control of all data entered in addition to ownership retention.

The unit comes with a variety of convenient features that are not found on competitive versions. Drivers have the ability to transmit their logs or to email PDF files to any location desired. Users can use the EROAD to display daily hours. In this way, drivers are able to monitor the exact time added and the amount of time remaining on the 60/70-hour clock. The unit is also a great addition for team drivers.

Back Office System

The system is known as the Depot and is also uncomplicated to use. The software features tools that suggest log edits and assign unidentified driving times. The EROAD was initially created to track vehicle distances for fuel consumption and tax reasons. Thus, the device comes equipped with optimal IFTA reporting tools. For many vehicle owners, the ability to accurately track and claim fuel exemptions provides enough of a savings that the device pays for itself. The convenience of the function means that drivers and fleet owners also no longer need to search for driving records or other paperwork. As the data is automatically entered, users save time by not having to manually enter the information.

Geofences are easily established to monitor a vehicle’s activity in different locations that often include loading and shipping destinations. Use the device to monitor and schedule vehicle maintenance. Fleet owners easily monitor driver behavior, as the software is also designed to display harsh braking, speeding and other ill-advised driving techniques.

The unit’s inspect system enables drivers to enter DVIR data. Use the device to monitor and schedule vehicle maintenance. Drivers and maintenance staff alike are easily able to track defect reports, which means vehicles undergo maintenance and repairs before they become disabling.

The company is continually working on EROAD device software upgrades. The ELDs have not as of yet been equipped with engine diagnostic capabilities or GPS navigation functionality. These functions are in the process of development.

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Options

The number of features that the EROAD activates depends on the price package that vehicle owners select. Potential clients have the option of choosing models with the features they desire the most. Base units cost $35 each month. The price goes upward to $60 per month for TotalFleet plans and associated features. A mid-range version costs $45 per month comes with all of the basic features, the TotalTax plan and other features minus the advanced fleet management capabilities.

Clients are required to pay an initial $35 activation fee. The alternative ECM cable runs approximately $65. However, there are no other costs for the EROAD when a client chooses one of the aforementioned lease plans. But, customers have the option of buying the hardware, which reduces the monthly charge.

Regardless of the method preferred, all options come with a hardware warranty and available tech support. Customer support is available Monday through Saturday. The company’s website also features a number of instructive videos, which ensure that device owners make the most of the software and functionality they choose.

FMCSA Compliant

The company is proud of the EROAD being 100 percent compliant with the mandates established by the FMCSA. The EROAD manufacturer submitted the unit to be verified by the PIT Group. The organization is an independent transportation technology evaluation firm. The ELDs were extensively tested by the group in trucks and used by experienced drivers to ensure the level of compliance. The EROAD is the only commercially available ELD to have undergone the intensive independent testing regimen. Thus, the third-party assessment provides owners with the assurance that the devices easily pass the FMCSA requirements.

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