KeepTruckin: Core Features
The KeepTruckin ELD unit pairs with its driver’s mobile app to ensure the driver’s HOS data is available at a moment’s notice. In areas not covered with cell service or wifi, a USB or Bluetooth connection can retrieve the data just as easily, ensuring drivers will pass DOT audits with flying colors. In addition, they will receive preventative mobile alerts about upcoming HOS violations while on the job.
Managers can send messages to an individual driver or to groups of them. Drivers will also be able to send chats (when it’s safe to do so) including texts, images, or document files. Plus, drivers can click a button to quickly report their current location without needing to type a word. Managers’ read receipts will allow them to tell at a glance which drivers may not have read a critical note.
GPS Location Tracking
Managers can see all vehicles in their fleet on a GPS map, and can access an interactive location history map in order to understand how they got there. GPS coordinates are updated once per minute, and if the mobile app disconnects from the internet, the coordinates will sync up once it’s back online, with no data lost.
Customizable vehicle inspection forms allow managers to set the standards that can ensure a fleet’s regulation compliance. Real-time alerts will notify the manager when a driver reports a defect or when a vehicle is due for a routine checkup.
On the driver’s side, each vehicle’s full inspection history will be available through the mobile app, letting drivers easily see what upcoming maintenance may be needed.
IFTA Fuel Tracking
KeepTruckin pairs its GPS with data from a vehicle’s odometer to automatically determine the distance each vehicle has traveled and in which region fuel was purchased in. This lets managers easily file IFTA reports. Drivers can upload the receipts themselves through their mobile app, or managers can bulk-upload receipts to their personal dashboard. In addition, mileage exemptions can be claimed based on the data collected.
Fault codes are monitored in real time by the ELD hardware unit. Unlike vehicle inspections, drivers won’t need to manually enter a report: Fault codes are recorded in the engine, tracked by the ELD unit, and sent automatically to the manager. Historical reports can highlight which fault codes are repeated offenders, pointing out problem areas before they lead to a breakdown or a collision.
Driver Safety Scorecards
With this feature, managers will be able to set up custom safety scorecards to track drivers’ behavior when it comes to hard braking, fast cornering, too much acceleration, or instances of speeding. Drivers are automatically scored and ranked against each other, motivating good performance.
As with any other ELD provider, KeepTruckin’s hardware units must be installed in each vehicle in order to work. KeepTruckin’s hardware work both with the 6-pin and 9-pin diagnostic ports used by heavy duty vehicles and with the OBDII port used for lighter or medium duty vehicles.