Don’t hit snooze on these statistics – How sleep deprivation is tied in with the ELD Mandate

Business is finally picking up. Customers are putting in more orders and new clients are starting to emerge. You’ve likely been putting in long hours trying to serve your customers and provide a great service. This goes for your employees too. With all the new business that is coming in, your drivers have been putting a lot of miles on the road. When your drivers are always on the go from morning to night, the stress of trying to balance their deliveries and personal life can throw off their sleep schedules.

If you ask any fleet professional, they’ll tell you one of their top priorities is keeping their drivers safe on the road. One reason the ELD Mandate came into effect was to protect drivers from sleep fatigue and falling asleep behind the wheel.

AssetWorks Field Service Solutions (FSS) wants to show you some statistics of the danger drivers face if not following the proper rest periods while on the road, as well as how the timing of the ELD Mandate can help you find a solution that will keep your drivers safe and make your fleet more efficient.

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The numbers don’t lie

Studies have shown that there is a significantly elevated crash risk for drivers who slept less than 7 hours in the past 24 hour window. Now this is just your average, each person is different on how much sleep they need in a day. If you compare this to other drivers who have slept less than 7 hours, the crash rate increases tremendously. Drivers who have slept less than 4 hours had a crash rate that was 11.5 times the rate compared to others who got more sleep. Here’s a breakdown of the crash rate per hours of sleep.

  • 6-7 hours had 1.3 times the crash rate
  • 5-6 hours had 1.9 times the crash rate
  • 4-5 hours had 4.3 times the crash rate
  • Less than 4 hours had 11.5 times the crash rate

The National Sleep Foundation concluded that drivers who have slept 2 hours or less within a 24-hour period are not fit to operate a vehicle. Drivers who have slept less than 5 hours in the past 24 hours are likely to be substantially impaired. These numbers clearly prove that to continue to practice and operate safely on the road, drivers need to get their sleep.

How the ELD Mandate can be beneficial

The ELD Mandate was created to keep your drivers and others on the road safe. When the U.S. first recommended that electronic logging devices (ELDs) should be installed into vehicles, they had studies done to back up their claims. The Federal Moto Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) showed that vehicles with equipped ELDs had a significantly lower crash and preventable crash rates compared to vehicles that did not have them. In fact, trucks with ELDs had a 12 percent lower total crash rate overall.

Hours of Service violations also saw a huge dip due to vehicle’s having ELDs installed. In 2019, 25% of violations were due to drivers exceeding the limit on hours of service (HOS). The Canadian ELD Mandate is also trying to curb unfair competition. Before the Mandate, companies weren’t following the same guidelines – they were not enforcing routine breaks and they were violating hours of service to try to have an edge on their competitors. The Mandate allows for an even playing field where all companies will have a fair chance. The ELD Mandate can help you keep your drivers safe, but also reduce fines and violations.

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The ELD Mandate will now be enforced starting in June 2022. This is the time to get familiar with the Mandate and evaluate your fleet and operations. When deploying any new technology, you need to figure out how it will make your overall business more efficient and see a greater ROI.

Finding ways to streamline your operations should be one of the key goals going into your ELD research. You should be able to leverage your ELD investment with other integrated solutions to optimize your operations performance. When looking for a new ELD partner, you should ask yourself if they have some of these technologies and features to keep your drivers safe:

  • GPS/Telematics
  • Driver Behavior monitoring
  • IFTA data collection
  • Dispatching / Electronic Ticketing
  • Maintenance tracking
  • Trailer/Asset tracking
  • Lone Worker technology

AssetWorks Field Service Solutions (FSS) ELD has been in the industry for over 30 years. We have seen all types of technology deployments by offering top of the line hardware and finding ways to integrate technology into your current back office systems.

With the combination of ELD and GPS/Telematics technology, our research team find ways to not just keep your fleet in compliance, but to also become more efficient. Additionally, our Project Managers will help you every step of the way along with our 24/7 customer support team. With AssetWorks, you’ll be in the best hands.

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