We've all been on the road when we encounter a big truck where the driver seems less than awake, rested and ready. In fact it appears the driver may be tired and doing the best they can to drive in a responsible manner. The reality often boils down to fatigue setting in and the driver needs rest. The other reality is they don't make money unless the truck is moving. This is when devastating accidents can happen.
For as long as we can remember big truck drivers have been required to fill out a log book that contains information like hours worked, hours spent driving and miles driven. These books, when properly updated create a tapestry of what the driver was doing, the amount of sleep and other factors that influence behind the wheel behavior. The downside of these hand kept log books is that they were often not kept up to date and were even filled in after the fact. Fast forward to 2016.
Those that regulate the trucking industry have come up with a new and vastly improved method of tracking a driver called the ELD. This ELD (Electronic Log Diary) is hard wired into the GPS system of new trucks and almost eliminates the fudging that many drivers employed in regards to logging their time behind the wheel. Some call this an extension of the nanny state. We call this a responsible use of emerging technology. A small percentage of drivers say they will move to a different profession if this is imposed and it appears that some of those may move because it makes it harder to break the rules. It also makes the highway safer for us all. After seeing first-hand the damage that a loaded 18 wheel truck can do to a passenger car we will err on the side of increased safety.
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