KeepTruckin ELD System Review

KeeTruckin’s ELD System electronically records your Record of Duty Status (RODs) and Hours of Service (HOS) so that you can skip the paper logbooks whenever you are on the road. This particular system is consistently rated one of the best ELD devices on the market. In this article, we break down the ELD’s main features so that you can determine if it is the right product for you and your drivers.

Installation

KeepTruckin ELD is a piece of hardware that connects directly to your vehicle’s diagnostic system. While the hardware does not boast an onboard display screen, you can pair it with any Android or Apple phone. You can then use the app to track, edit, and deliver your RODs and HOS to your dispatcher.

To begin the installation, you must connect the hardware to your diagnostic port (ECM). Connections vary by vehicle. However, so long as you insert the correct vehicle information during signup, you should have no issue connecting the KeepTruckin Plugin. KeepTruckin can accommodate nine-pin, six-pin, OBDII, dual can, Mack, and Volvo diagnostic ports. The actual ELD box sits on top of a vehicle’s dash. It comes equipped with double-sided tape. Just peel and place the box someplace inconspicuous.

A pair of drivers can share a single ELD system. However, each driver must have one Electronic Logbook app account. Fleet managers can also purchase ELD systems for a wide range of fleet sizes. Potential customers should follow the prompts on the KeepTruckin webpage to receive accurate price estimates and product information.

Key Features

KeepTruckin’s ELD system includes a host of tools and features. Keep in mind that you may need to upgrade your subscription to unlock some of the more premium features.

  • Driver Performance

    The KeepTruckin ELD records when a vehicle is in motion. At the same time, drivers can use the KeepTruckin Logbook app to register whether they are “on-duty,” “off-duty,” or on-duty, not driving.” The information is displayed in a generic Record of Duty Status (RODS) form.

  • IFTA

    KeepTruckin’s Pro ELD subscription includes automatic IFTA fuel tax reporting. This feature allows you to track state mileage and log your fuel receipts. The system automatically combines the data to offer you instant solutions to complex calculations.

    Users can instantly access ready-to-file IFTA reports. Since the data is compiled automatically, it should always be free of clerical errors and mistakes. Drivers can use this data to improve their fuel efficiency, avoid audits, and file IFTA reports.

    Keep in mind that drivers must manually log their fuel purchases in the Logbook app. Receipts can be uploaded piecemeal or in bulk.

  • Fuel Consumption

    The KeepTruckin’s fleet management feature can provide drivers and fleet managers with detailed information on individual drivers’ fuel consumption. As KeepTruckin points out, the hardware automatically identifies poor driving practices, such as frequent idling, hard acceleration, and hard braking. You can work to improve your vehicle’s or fleet’s fuel efficiency by identifying and eradicating these sorts of bad habits.

    Any information regarding fuel efficiency can be found in the KeepTruckin Vehicle Gateway. The information can be broken down by fleet, vehicle, driver, or terminal group. The information gateway includes real-time stats for “Idle Time,” “Location,” “Start Time,” and “Idle Fuel.” Power Take-Off (PTO) usage is a fuel consumption stat that KeepTruckin is looking to add to the system soon.

  • Fault Codes

    Since the KeepTruckin ELD is connected directly to a vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system, it can deliver diagnostic fault codes (DTC) to fleet managers and or fleet maintenance departments in real-time. Keep in mind that the KeepTruckin system does not explain specific diagnostic codes. Drivers may look the codes up online. With that said, a printed copy of common code descriptions is also helpful. You can read more about diagnostic trouble codes on the KeepTruckin webpage.

  • GPS Information

    KeepTruckin uses precision GPS to provide fleet managers with real-time insight into a driver’s current location and ETA. Each KeepTruckin Vehicle Gateway is equipped with a GPS chip. Driver’s have the option to pull information from their Vehicle Gateway onto their Logbook app. However, since the Vehicle Gateway uses cellular data to automatically log information, drivers do not need to be synced to the Logbook app at all times.

    This sort of location sharing eliminates unnecessary guesswork and check-in calls.

    According to KeepTruckin, updates are usually received every 2 seconds. With that said, updates can take as long as 30 seconds in areas with poor connectivity.

    The details can be seen via “Live View” on the KeepTruckin Fleet View Map. This screen should include a vehicle’s GPS coordinates, speed, and direction traveled.

  • HOS Violations

    KeepTruckin’s ELD system also helps drivers avoid Hours of Service (HOS) violations and their costly ramifications. The Driver Logbook app provides real-time information regarding your “Break,” “Drive,” “Shift,” “Cycle.” The numbers will turn red, and a warning will pop up whenever you are approaching a HOS violation.

    Drivers can connect their KeepTruckin ELD to their smartphones via USB or Bluetooth. This direct connection will ensure that poor cell reception won’t stand in the way of accurate HOS violation warnings.

  • Personal Conveyance

    Drivers can use the Electronic Logbook app to record if they are “on-duty,” “off-duty.” This enables them to report their conveyance times and their distances traveled.

Electronic Logbook App

KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logbook app enables drivers to record, track, and share all of their driving logs. The app is available for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

When used alone, the KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App serves as an editable electronic log. The app must be paired with a KeepTruckin ELD to conform to the rules of the USDOT/FMCSA mandate.

Keep in mind that you will not be able to access the Electronic Logbook App when your vehicle is in motion. You will be able to see your remaining driving time based on your current HOS cycle. However, your vehicle must be fully stopped for you to input or view other information.

The app supports all U.S. and Canadian HOS requirements. All logs can be signed electronically. All logs can be emailed, faxed, and displayed through the Electronic Logbook app’s DOT Inspection Mode.

Web Dashboard

The KeepTruckin’s web dashboard is what fleet managers use to track their fleets in real-time. The dashboard automatically updated within a few seconds.

Data Requirements

The KeepTruckin ELD system uses approximately 100 MB of cellular data per month. This should not be an issue for most truckers, especially those with unlimited data plans. The KeepTruckin ELD system and Logbook app can also be used without cellular data. However, if a driver does not have cellular data, they must log onto Wi-Fi hotspots in order to manually upload and share their ELD data.

All KeepTruckin ELD-generated data is saved automatically. You never have to worry about the information being deleted or lost.

Compliance

The KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App is compliant with the USDOT/FMCSA mandate. In fact, KeepTruckin is currently listed as one of the FMCSA’s self-certified ELDs. You can read more about the FMCSA’s ELD mandate here.

The KeepTruckin system uses standard country and state cycle rules. For example, USA drivers are allotted 70 hours over 8 days or 6 hours over 7 days. Meanwhile, Canada South drivers receive 70 hours over 7 days or 120 hours over 14 days.

Accuracy

KeepTruckin’s ELD hardware connects directly to your vehicle’s diagnostic port to convey information about whether your engine is running, how many miles you’ve driven, and the duration of your operation. The system uses satellite time to ensure that all information is conveyed in real-time. The information is automatically conveyed to the KeepTruckin server so long as the EDL is connected.

In short, there is no way to falsify or mess with KeepTruckin’s logs. Since this EDL is FMCSA-certified, it keeps drivers from facing frustrating penalties.

Pricing

A single KeepTruckin ELD system costs $150. You will also need a compatible smartphone and a subscription to KeepTruckin’s ELD services to utilize the system.

KeepTruckin’s Starter plan will run you $20 per month. That’s a flat rate with no potential for hidden fees. You may also upgrade to KeepTruckin’s Pro subscription. This costs $35 per month and includes a long list of upgrades, including IFTA fuel tax reporting, vehicle utilization, vehicle diagnostics, driver scorecards, asset tracking, fuel optimization, facility insights, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

After looking at several other ELD products, it is easy to see that KeepTruckin is one of the most fairly priced truck logging systems on the market.

Add-Ons

KeepTruckin offers dashcams and GPS trackers that are compatible with their ELD hardware. These tools are lifesavers for fleet managers. Keep in mind that they must be purchased separately.

What are Drivers Saying?

We searched the internet for reviews of the KeepTruckin ELD. We found a range of unboxing and review videos related to this specific product. Generally speaking, drivers had very few complaints.

Check out this video for a fleet manager’s look into the KeepTruckin ELD.

Keep in mind that the KeepTruckin app has five stars in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. The majority of reviews are positive. Customers seem to agree that the app and system are easy to use. Moreover, KeepTruckin seems to get positive accolades for its customer service.

Issues

One of the few reported issues is that the GPS sometimes struggles to sync in low-to-no cell services. This means drivers must manually sync their data to send it to their fleet managers. Most drivers who experienced this issue said it was a rare occurrence and an easy fix.

Another common issue pertained to KeepTruckin’s ability to fulfill orders. Sometimes the company does not have enough ELD systems to meet customer’s needs. This issue relates to supply and demand. Fleet managers may wish to forecast their ELD needs in advance to avoid ordering issues.

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find any red flags regarding the system’s hardware.

Our Final Consensus

There’s no question that KeepTruckin’s ELD device is one of the best and most trusted fleet management tools on the market. KeepTruckin is feature-packed USDOT/ FMCSA-compliant, and tamper-proof. Its real-time data drops offer fleet managers and drivers opportunities for improvement. What’s more, this product comes with a staggered tier of affordable subscriptions. As such, you should have no problem finding a service that fits your needs and budget.

With all that said, we highly recommend the KeepTruckin ELD system to any professional driver. This affordable and trustworthy product takes the headache out of reporting and compliance. It provides fleet managers and fleet maintenance teams with a window into a driver’s experience. If you’re looking to pass your DOT audits with flying colors and avoid HOS violations, then KeepTruckin is a solid option.

With that said, if you have any unanswered questions, drop them in the comment section below. We’ll do our best to get you the answers!

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