Truck Driver’s Appreciation Week

Truck Driver AppreciationThis week is National truck drivers week (September 13-19, 2015) and to highlight the significant contributions of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers, we’ve gathered some industry statistics to illustrate how critical this industry is to our everyday lives.

One of my first recollections of the industry and its drivers is from elementary school, riding the school bus home each afternoon. It was a daily thrill when we passed one of the large tractor trailer trucks on the road and all of us on the bus would wave madly out the window to catch the driver’s attention and gesture for them to blow their horn. The drivers always knew just what we wanted and would dutifully oblige by giving us a big smile and reaching up to pull the chain that sounded their massive horn. The drivers were always friendly and made us all smile on our way home.

I didn’t realize then that these were the very people that delivered the food to our grocery store shelves, the latest shoes and clothes we all wanted or the medicine and supplies to our hospitals and pharmacies. I had no idea that some of them may have already driven hundreds of miles by the afternoon or that they wouldn’t be able to return back to their homes for several days.

Here are some more facts and figures about the industry that, though often in the background and at times underappreciated, keeps America seamlessly moving.

Trucker miles driven daily

An over-the-road driver logs an average of 500 miles each day.

Collectively, approximately 421 billion miles are traveled by truck drivers each year, and 152 billion of these miles are from class 6-8 trucks.


More than 80% of US communities depend solely on truck drivers to deliver their products.



Truckers deliver 40 million boxes of chocolate each Valentine’s Day,
257 million Roses for Valentine’s Day,
46 million Thanksgiving Turkeys, and
33 million Christmas trees each year.

70% Americas FreightNearly 70% of America’s freight is hauled by truck drivers. Rail is second at 14.8%.

Of the 3.4 million truck drivers,  5.8% of them are female
Ryder has partnered with to help encourage the industry to be more welcoming to women drivers. Women in Trucking  is a non-profit organization founded to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles they can encounter when working in the trucking industry.

Since 2003, trucks have seen an 88% drop in Sulfur Dioxide Emissions and a 32% drop in particulate matter.

If you connected all the loads delivered by trucks in 2013, the chain would stretch from the Earth to the moon more than 11 times.


Scan, diagnose, repair, and WIN a $150 Visa Gift Card!


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To kick off our introduction of the Bosch Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostics System (BOS3824), each person who purchases this product between September 9, 2015 and November 30, 2015 from will be automatically entered into the drawing to win a $150 Visa Gift Card. We have five of these cards to give out and we want to draw your name!

What is the Bosch Diagnostics System and Who is it For?

With the Bosch Diagnostics System, you can perform high-level diagnostic and service functions on all makes and models of trucks. If you work with heavy duty or medium duty trucks and are the one people rely on to troubleshoot, repair, and get their vehicles back on the road as quickly as possible, you need a fast and accurate tool that gives you instant access to comprehensive technical info and guides you to the proper solution. Read  Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostics: How the Bosch Diagnostics System Can Help Grow Your Business for more information on this scan and diagnostic tool.


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Heavy Duty Truck Diagnostics: How the Bosch Diagnostics System Can Help Grow Your Business.


If you work with heavy duty or medium duty trucks and are the one people rely on to troubleshoot, repair, and get their vehicles back on the road as quickly as possible, you need a fast and accurate tool that performs high-level diagnostic and service functions on all makes and models of trucks.  You need a system that gives you instant access to comprehensive technical info and guides you to the proper solution.

New to the market this year, is the HD Truck Multi-Brand Diagnostic System, by Bosch. We predict it will save technicians countless hours that would have otherwise been spent on guesswork, unproductive time looking around the engine, or on the phone to peers for advice.

Below is a quick intro guide to the tool so you can see if it may be a good fit for you or your shop.

1. One Software Covers it All – No Need to Purchase Multiple OE Scan Tools and Software

The Bosch diagnostic platform provides OE level diagnostics and repair information for all makes and models of heavy and medium duty trucks. Coverage is also included for Trailer ABS Controllers, transmissions, and brake systems. Basic scanning functions for light duty trucks 1996 and newer are included.

It’s a single scan tool that works on all major HD trucks, including Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Volvo, Peterbilt, Sterling, Western Star; and Medium duty Freightliiner Sprinter Van, Isuzu, GM, and Ford.  Engine brands covered include Cummins, Pacckar, Volvo, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel-MBE, Mack, Perkins, Deutz, MTU, Navistar.

For independent repair shops or a fleets wanting a single scan tool that covers all heavy duty and medium trucks, this tool fits the bill.

2. Easily Create, Save and Share Reports 

Want to prepare a report for your service manager or customer of all trouble codes found on a vehicle? Just  select the “read faults” option and the system scans the entire truck and returns a full list of all active and inactive trouble codes sorted by module. You have the option to save the report for future reference, or print it by hooking it up to any windows printer.

3. Trouble Codes Found.  Now What?

Now that you have a complete list of the vehicle’s trouble codes that were found when you selected the “read faults” option, you (along with your customer or service manager) are probably eager to get right to work on clearing them.  Excellent! The software is much more than a scan tool, it is a true diagnostic platform that will  guide you through the repair process. Say you want to trouble-shoot an inactive fault that just came up. Just hit the “trouble shooting” button and it will pull up the full diagnostic process for that code. Dig in even deeper by selecting the “step-by-step process” option to view repair tips and possible causes. You can also toggle to comprehensive technical data such as full circuit, interactive wiring diagrams, and component pictures and locations at any time.

Having this level of information at your fingertips can simplify and speed up the diagnostic process. Important for shops of all sizes but especially critical for smaller shops that need to be as efficient as they can at trouble shooting. Smaller shops may not have the advantage of having another technician around who can help but the Bosch software does an excellent job of walking a technician, whether new or experienced, through the diagnostic process.  You don’t need to be an expert on every tool and every module – you now have a complete diagnostic platform helping you diagnose, repair and get a vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible.

4. Bi-directional Diagnostics

With the help of the tool’s  bi-directional diagnostics, you’ll now find the process of pinpointing issues and clearing fault codes a lot more efficient. For example, when testing for an engine miss, the bi-directional controls  allow the technician to walk through each cylinder and manually kill them one at a time for testing purposes (available for most applications).

The ability to perform bi-directional diagnostics, previously only available from factory scan tools, is one of the most versatile and powerful features of the software and is now readily available to the technician.

5. Best Field Support in the Market

Technicians are able to get up and running in no time thanks to some of the best field support in the market.  A Bosch representative can visit your shop location and familiarize you with the tool’s operation and navigation.  You’ll learn how to start the diagnostic process by selecting the “connect and scan” option and quickly progress to performing more advanced operations such as injector coding, running parameter resets, DPF regenerations, and conducting bi-directional diagnostics.

6. Want to know more?

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> Get to know (& love) this diagnostics system even better by watching the “How To” product videos at Ryder Fleet Products.


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Because we buy truck parts and shop supplies in bulk, customers are able to enjoy the cost savings benefits that go along with Ryder’s volume purchasing. In addition, Ryder’s consistent pricing policy gives national companies the assurance that all facilities receive the same price for the same part.

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Preparing for Brake Safety Week – Sept 6-12, 2015

Brake Safety WeekThis annual program is part of the Operation Airbrake program and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  The goal is to encourage and improve brake safety on commercial vehicles throughout North America.

Of the 13,305 vehicles inspected during last year’s check, 2,162 (16.2%) were placed out of service for brake violations.

And, during Roadcheck 2014, brake related violations were the number one cause of vehicles being placed out of service. That’s a lot of vehicles that, before being inspectedand placed out of service, were being driven unsafely on our highways. However, the good news is that even though 16.2% failed in 2014, the other 83.8% passed and were found to have brakes operating and performing as they should. No doubt this is largely due to the efforts of the dedicated drivers, technicians, and fleet managers who consistently make it a priority to keep their brakes inspected and properly maintained.

What you should know:

During the week-long brake safety campaign, be prepared for CMV inspectors to conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses.  Check to ensure your brake-system components have no loose or missing parts, that air or hydraulic fluid is not leaking, and make sure linings, pads, drums or rotors are not worn. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Malfunction indicator lamps for Antilock braking systems (ABS) should also be checked to ensure they are in working order. If the ABS is not working correctly, the on-board fault detection system will activate an indicator lamp to alert the driver. If this indicator light is not working, the driver will not be alerted in the event of an ABS problem.

Additional brake safety resources you may find helpful:

  • A good place to start learning about Brake Safety Week 2015  is this general information page on the CVSA website.
  • This  ABS Brakes article on the CVSA site provides a good overview for learning
    how to verify that your ABS is working, identifying chaffed or worn hoses and understanding what a PBBT (Performance Based  Brake Tester ) inspection measures. You can also view an example of a PBBT inspection report.
  •  ABS: look before they lock – understanding your vehicle’s ABS. This is an informational flyer (in pdf format) you can download and print off.
  • Would your brakes pass inspection This article first appeared on the Ryder Fleet Products blog during Brake Safety Week 2014.  The tips and advice for preparing brakes for inspection are still applicable to this year.
  • How to Prevent Brake Noise If you’re experiencing brake noise on your truck, this article will help you identify and correct potential problems.
  • View inspection results from the 2014 Brake Safety Week campaign. (pdf format)

Find the parts you need to be prepared.

Find anything during your preventative maintenance check that needs attention? Search the truck brake parts section of our website to locate the parts you need to keep driving safely. We carry OEM quality, heavy duty and medium duty truck brake parts from names you know and trust including Bendix, Performance Friction and Phillips Industries.

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Back-to-Back Safety. Injury Prevention Training for Drivers and Warehouse Employees

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional truck drivers suffer more injuries requiring time away from work than any other industry. This is a trend that has continued for over a decade.


Per OSHA, manual materials handling is the main cause of compensable injuries in the American work force, with four out of five of these injuries affecting the lower back. In 2013, there were 212,080 cases involving injuries to the back. These cases include sprains, strains, and tears; bruises and contusions; fractures; and soreness and pain in general.

These statistics, coupled with the fact that nearly 25% of all warehouse injuries occur at loading docks, highlight the importance of implementing and enforcing safe lifting practices in the workplace for professional truck drivers and warehouse employees.

Improper lifting, twisting, or bending can strain or sprain the back, cause ruptured or slipped disks, muscle spasms, and other pain. Back disorders can develop over time due to repetitive motions, or they can be triggered by a single movement or accident.

Several factors can increase the likelihood of developing a back disorder:

  • Poor posture and bad body mechanics
  • Stressful living and working activities
  • Poor physical condition
  • Poor design of job or work station
  • Repetitive lifting
  • Twisting or bending or reaching while lifting
  • Heavy lifting
  • Fatigue
  • Poor footing such as slippery floors, or constrained posture
  • Lifting with forceful movement
  • Vibration, such as with lift truck drivers, delivery drivers, etc.

While protecting workers from back injuries does not fall under any one particular standard, OSHA points to the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970, which requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

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Below are some of our favorite DVDs from JJ Keller that can help you keep your employees injury free:

Back Safety DVDJJK 38232 – Back Safety
This DVD will help you educate your employees on how to keep their backs healthy and provide preventive measures that can be taken to avoid back injuries.


Warehouse Safety TrainingJJK 178DVD – Loading Dock and Warehouse Safety Training
This DVD covers the safety issues unique to drivers, loading dock workers, and warehouse employees. Includes topics such as: back injuries resulting from improper lifting or carrying; using forklifts; and preventing slips and falls caused by wet or oily docks.

Injury prevention for driversJJK 13937 – Injury Prevention for Drivers
This industry-specific DVD teaches drivers how to stay injury-free while performing non-driving tasks.  Covers best practices for preventing back injuries, avoiding sprains, cuts, pinches, abrasions and cuts, and avoiding becoming pinned or crushed by cargo.


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What to Consider When Choosing a Truck Mattress

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A sleepless, restless night is no fun. And waking up after an uncomfortable night and having to go to work – especially if you drive for a living – is less than ideal and can present unique problems.

Obviously, a well-rested driver is going to be more alert to road incidents and be able to make quicker corrective actions. For your time on the road, you need to stay rested, comfortable and healthy. The right truck mattress waiting for you in the sleeper berth can be just what you need to rejuvenate. If you’re contemplating purchasing a truck mattress and could use a little guidance, we hope the tips below can help steer you in the right direction.

1. Mattress Size

Sizes and configurations of sleeping cabs vary, so start with measuring both the length and the width of the sleeper berth to use as a guide when looking at mattress sizes.

Many truck mattresses are conveniently shipped compression packed and don’t expand to their full size until they are unpackaged. This makes the mattress easier to handle and maneuver into the sleeper area, regardless of the mattress size. Unpack once inside the sleeping area and give the mattress a few minutes to take shape and reach its full size.

2. Comfort level/thickness

A truck mattress will not only vary in width and length, but also in thickness. What do you prefer sleeping on? Will a thin mattress suit you, or are you dreaming of resting on something thicker, plusher, and topped with memory foam?

Mattress thicknesses generally range from between 4″ thick to 10″ plus. A 4″ thick mattress may not offer all the cushion of a thicker one (especially when one driver sleep while another drives)  but can be a great economical option or a good choice for a top bunk that is slept on infrequently.

For added comfort, go with a thicker mattress or a mattress topped with memory foam such as these memory foam truck mattresses.

Other popular thicknesses are 6.5″ and 5.5″.  Look for one with a quilted top for more cushion and comfort than a non-quilted one.

3. How easy is the mattress to clean?

This may be an important consideration for team drivers, company owned trucks or any situation where a truck is to be used by multiple drivers. Some truck mattresses, such as these from Mobile Innerspace, have a cashmere removable cover that you can easily take off and throw in the washer. Alternatively, a basic cloth or plastic mattress cover can be purchased separately and will help protect the mattress. The plastic will help to resist stains and spills.

4. Is the mattress reversible?

A reversible mattress is designed so it can be flipped over and used on either side. Useful for increasing the life span of the mattress.

5. Does it meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?

A quick check should let you know if a mattress meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 302 (MVSS-302) – Flammability of Interior Materials – Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks, and Buses.
This standard specifies burn resistance requirements for materials useFMCSA logod in the occupant compartments of motor vehicles. Its purpose is to reduce deaths and injuries to motor vehicle occupants caused by vehicle fires, especially those originating in the interior of the vehicle from sources such as matches or cigarettes.

Each mattress sold at passes MVss-302 requirements.

Start your truck mattress search at Ryder Fleet Products.

We’re your source for luxury truck mattresses. Choose from various models and price points and enjoy FREE shipping on orders over $250. Let us help you relax, rejuvenate and wake up refreshed!

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Three-to-One Odds are the Best You Can Get in This Horse Race – A Look at Violation Rankings

Puzzling to many managers in the motor carrier industry is how a carrier can go from a decent ranking within their peer group one month to one of the poorer rankings within the same group the next month. How can that carrier lose ground even in a month where they had no accidents, only a few roadside inspections, and no serious (meaning out-of-service) violations charged to them? Were all the other carriers in the same peer group perfect during the same month?

Time-weighting becomes a huge factor in answering these questions. For example, let’s say our carrier struggles with their performance and scores in three of the seven BASICs: Unsafe Driving, Hours-of-Service, and Vehicle Maintenance. The remaining four ― Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances and Alcohol, Hazardous Materials, and the Crash Indicator ― BASIC scores are low and therefore are not a real concern for the carrier.

The Unsafe Driving BASIC covers things like cell phone usage and texting while driving, speeding, not using caution when hazardous conditions exist, following too close, not using seat belts, and not obeying traffic signals. Many drivers struggle with these types of violations and more.

Hours-of-Service compliance is all about violations in Part 395 of the regulations. Incomplete logs or failure to log are always the most common.

The Vehicle Maintenance BASIC covers simple infractions, many of which could be noticed by a driver who does thorough pre-trip, enroute, and post-trip inspections of the vehicle. Violations concerning lights, tires, brakes, other equipment and accessories, and load securement issues populate this list of safety infractions.

So, our carrier may not have had an accident in the last month and did not have an unusual number of roadside inspections, but had been cited for a few violations during these inspections. What did hurt our carrier more than anything is the fact that our carrier received no “clean” inspections while other carriers in our peer group likely did.

Anytime a carrier receives a violation, even if the point value is just “1” for the first six months, it feels like getting three of those violations, whereas other members in the peer group with, let’s say, as little as one “clean” inspection can gain as much ground as having three “clean” inspections over other carriers! This is where time-weighting can heavily affect a carrier’s ranking. It also shows the true value of a “clean” roadside inspection.

It’s almost like getting three-to-one odds that you will finish above the rest.

Bob Rose is an editor in the Transportation Publishing Department of the Editorial Resource Unit at J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., specializing in motor carrier safety and operations management.

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Keep cool and diagnose on!Cab A/C maintenance is one of the highest cost accessories on vehicles today and keeping it cool (and keeping your cool) relies on successfully managing the many different components that need to get along and work together in harmony. Refrigerant leaks, compressors, and clutch failures are three such components and each deserves special attention when diagnosing a poorly performing A/C.

This article looks at one of these three critical A/C parts – the clutch – and examines possible causes for its failure.

Why Do A/C Clutches Fail?

Most A/C Clutches fail due to extreme heat created when the A/C clutch is slipping. This situation occurs when there is some internal problem found within the A/C System. Burnt clutches would not be considered defective in the manufacturing process but simply a result of overheating due to one of the following system problems:

  •  Low voltage to the field coil – The loss or lack of voltage can cause a reduction in the strength of the magnetic field of the field coil. The weakened field coil can’t hold the front hub firmly against the rotor and clutch slippage would occur.
  • System Overpressure – This problem will cause high shaft rotation torque. This binding will inhibit the rotation of the armature plate and leads to clutch slippage.
  •  Contamination on friction surfaces – The contamination will diminish the coefficient of friction between the two mating surfaces and result in slipping of the armature. Regardless of what causes the extreme heat, the seal will deteriorate and the grease inside the bearing assembly will melt and spin out. Without the proper seal and lubrication, the bearing will freeze up and destroy the clutch assembly.

Clutch Slipping

Clutch slipping is a condition that occurs when the armature plate fails to engage and rotate in synchronization with the clutch rotor. The field coil when energized becomes an electromagnet which then magnetizes the clutch rotor and armature plate. Friction and magnetic attraction cause the armature plate and clutch rotor to lock together (clutch engagement) and rotate the compressor shaft.

Clutch slipping specifically refers to a situation that occurs when the armature plate fails to lock together properly with the rotor. The armature will then tend to drag (slip) against the rotor surface. This dragging (slipping) results in intense friction and heat. Asthe slipping continues, the heat causes deformation of the armature plate. In the case of a rubber armature, clutch slipping may lead to melting of the rubber damper and can result in a subsequent failure of the entire clutch mechanism.

You may also be interested in these additional articles on diagnosing A/C problems:
Examining Clutch Failures
A/C Compressor Failure Prevention
A/C System Contamination
Finding the Correct Replacement A/C Clutch For Your Truck
Cab Air Conditioning Standards for Diagnosis and Repair
Selecting the Correct A/C Compressor

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more for your truck’s air conditioning needs.

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5 Reasons You’ll Love the VDO RoadLog

VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device

The FMCSA has proposed that interstate commercial truck and bus companies soon be required to use ELDs (Electronic Logging Device) in their vehicles to improve compliance with HOS Rules. Although the latest projection for the final rule is now around the fourth quarter of 2015,  many owner-operators and fleets are deciding to go ahead now and replace the paperwork burden of manual logs by moving to an electronic logbook.

But where do you start and what should you look for in an ELD, and are there benefits to switching from manual logs to elogs sooner than mandated?

In this article, we discuss the VDO RoadLog ELD and outline five favorite features that drivers, owner operators, fleets, and even roadside inspectors, say they love the most.

1. No monthly fees/no contracts
Ease of use and affordability have made the VDO RoadLog popular among drivers, owner operators and small to medium fleets. There are no monthly fees or contracts to worry about and it’s the lowest cost solution for full regulatory compliance.You’ll get fast, accurate, and easy reporting on a budget. A budget that doesn’t have to be dipped into month after month.

2. Built-in Printer – print and go at roadside inspections
When going through a road-side inspection, we all want to hear the “You’re good to go!” from the inspector as quickly as possible. And the built-in printer helps make that happen. Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer – the same as you’ve done with manual logs. The printout is similar to the log book style so the inspector is able to quickly and easily view and interpret the data – making the printer a feature that the roadside inspector appreciates just as much as the driver. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.

VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device

Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer.

3. Automatic software updates – Keeps you current with the latest changes
Keeping up to date with the most current FMCSA regulations is now automatic.
When there’s a change to an FMCSA regulation, and there’s been 5 concerning HOS within the last 2 years, your VDO software will automatically update to reflect the latest regulations so you can rest assured you’re always in the know.
If you’re about to exceed any of the upcoming limits, it will even send you an alert letting you know — helping you steer clear of compliance violations and fines as much as possible.

NOTE: A new software update is now available: On January 26, 2015, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, the manufacturers of the VDO RoadLog ELD, released a free software update to address the FMCSA’s decision to temporarily suspend the 34-hour restart rule revision instituted in July 2013. The software updates are free and automatically available online at to registered VDO RoadLog owners.

4. Your edge to getting the best loads
Because fleets may receive more favorable insurance rates if they can show that their drivers are operating in compliance, it benefits them to hire a driver who is already ELD equipped. These drivers are able to show that they operate safely and within compliance and can have a positive impact on a fleet’s CSA scores. Additionally, it can give a driver an advantage when it comes to receiving the best loads from their favorite carriers. For many drivers, this advantage has been their motivator for going ahead and making the switch from paper logs now.

If you are an owner-operator, you may also be interested in this article from Overdrive – “An owner-operator option for ELDs.”

5. Automatically generate your logs – no calculator needed
Use the VDO RoadLog not only for tracking Hours of Service, but also for recording a whole host of other data automatically. Data, such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP, is also captured and provides a complete FMCSA compliant report you can use to run your trucking operations safer and more efficiently.


Automatically capture Hours of Service, as well as other data such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP.

Want to know more?
Download the product brochure or view the videos below to learn more about how the VDO RoadLog can benefit you and your fleet.
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Download  pdf of the VDO RoadLog product brochure 

Video – VDO RoadLog ELD – Electronic Logging Device Overview
The VDO RoadLog ELD can help you stay in compliance, protect your CSA scores and make operations safer and more profitable.

Video – VDO RoadLog – Buyer’s Guide
Great video to guide you through the essentials of what to buy to get up and running with the VDO RoadLog ELD.

VDO RoadLog™ was developed by Continental, the global leader in regulatory compliance systems, with over six million electronic logging devices in use worldwide.

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