Garmin Electronic Logbook – FAQ

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Garmin recently made an announcement about their Garmin Electronic Logbook device that could help a lot of fleet owners. In addition, many truck drivers could benefit from the use of Garmin Electronic Logbook.

When it comes to being compliant with the FMCSA mandate that all commercial vehicles, Garmin’s Electronic Logbook gets the job done.garmin electronic logbook

In this guide, we would like to provide answers to many questions that were directed to our staff by truck drivers.

Without any further delay, lets dig into the most frequently asked questions about the Garmin Electronic Logbook.

Is the Garmin Electronic Logbook compatible with the ELD mandate?

Yes. The Garmin Electronic Logbook records hours of service (HOS).

Therefore, it is compliant with the ELD mandate.

Garmin Electronic Logbook also called Elog is fully compliant ELD device with the FMCSA authority. Installing this device will solve one headache for the truck driver.

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Is the Garmin Electronic Logbook accurate?

Yes. Garmin GPS devices are known for their accuracy. Further,the Garmin Electronic Logbook share the same level of quality. This device accurately records a driver’s hours of service.

In addition, it makes it easy to retrieve information as everything is sent right to the driver’s smart phone or a designated tablet via Bluetooth technology. Using the Garmin elog, this information can also be quickly and easily shared for inspections and keeping company records.

What other features does the Garmin Electronic Logbook have?

Currently, there features list is very limited. The main features are recording HOS and RODS(records of Duty Status). However, there are more features coming soon for this device.

For instant, new feature is the Driver Inspection Reporting (DVIR). Another feature is the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) logs. These features will be in addition to the ability to use Bluetooth technology to transfer RODS to other devices.

One feature that the Garmin Electronic Logbook currently has that many fleets will find useful is a USB port that allows users to download information directly from the ELD device.

The information can be downloaded onto another device. It is important to note that,the sharing of information and keeping of records significantly easier. With the USB port in place, you can still get information from the ELD device even when not connected via Bluetooth.

Which diagnostic ports are the Garmin Electronic Logbook compatible with?

The Garmin Electronic Logbook is compatible with nearly every type of diagnostic port.

That includes the 6-pin J-1708 and the 9-pin J-1939 diagnostic ports. That makes it easy for fleets that may have a variety of trucks to outfit or ones that aren’t sure which electronic logging device is right for them when it comes to compatibility.

How do you install the Garmin Electronic Logbook?

Installing the Garmin Electronic Logbook is literally as easy as plugging it in. Then, to be able to get information from it, you’ll need to download Garmin’s free eLog app for the smart phone or tablet.

The app will be used to store the information, and retrieve it upon request. The ease of use is really a great benefit for this application.

It’s really that easy, which is a huge sigh of relief for anyone who’s dealt with other types of ELD devices in the past that require an expert to install.

Is the Garmin Electronic Logbook compatible with Garmin dēzl GPS navigators?

Yes. There are 4 Garmin dēzl devices that are compatible with the Garmin Electronic Logbook, which makes it easier than ever to keep an eye on exactly where the truck is.

In addition fleet owner now can make sure that your driver is taking the best possible route to save you money on fuel.

The compatible devices include the dēzl 570LMT, the dēzl 580LMT-S, the dēzl 770MTHD, and the dēzlCamLMTHD. With these devices also on board, you can use these navigator’s display to quickly see RODS and HOS information.

What does the Garmin Electronic Logbook come with?

When you purchase a Garmin Electronic Logbook, you get three things in the box. The Garmin ELD device comes, a 6-pin J-1708 adapter.

This adapter will help in making sure that the device can connect to truck's ecm. One may want to review the quick start manual to help you get started.

If you don’t already have a dēzl device, you can buy one separately to be able to get even more detailed driving information about your drivers.

How much does the Garmin Electronic Logbook cost?

The price for the Garmin Electronic Logbook itself is $249.99. As listed above, this includes the ELD device and an adaptor as well as the manual.

This is a one-time cost for the device itself. Although it’s higher than many other ELD providers. Some of the other ELD providers offer their devices for free. However, there is  quiet a difference between the Garmin ELD and others.

For instance, many of the ELD providers that charge a high monthly fee for using their device. Garmin doesn’t charge you a penny for their monthly services.

In other words, by purchasing the device outright you eliminate the monthly cost. Hence,this can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run, especially if you have a larger fleet since you only have to worry about the initial one-time charge.

What smart phones is the Garmin Electronic Logbook compatible with?

The Garmin Electronic Logbook’s free app is compatible with any mobile device that has both Bluetooth- and GPS-capabilities, which includes most Apple and Android smart phones.

In addition to being able to use a smart phone, you can also use a tablet.

That is assuming that it has the same Bluetooth- and GPS-capabilities as a smart phone. This is especially good news to fleet owners and drivers that prefer to use a designated tablet with the larger display.

Is the Garmin Electronic Logbook right for me?

This is a question only you can answer. If you’re looking for accurate device this is the right one for you. Further, the device is very affordable device.

Th garmin electronic logbook has full-compatibility, then this device could be the right one for you. On the other hand, the device is lacking in features compared to some of the other devices.

This device is mostly good for smaller fleet. Hence, the good price tag for this device on the  open market.However, for large fleet it may not work.

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