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real-time data visibility comes into play. Because of those portals and

asking me how I did it. To this day, when I teach somebody or show somebody how to do something, there is a great

And, this is where an ELD that offers

integrations, you know exactly how many hours that driver has every time he updates his position or sends in a message. How many hours does he have

remaining to drive and to work? Is she on break and when is she coming off? These are the key data points you can

only easily access with a connected solution, and you can put them to work for your fleet. Maverick has also developed

optimization utilization logic into its transportation management software. It allows their fleet managers to monitor service failures and optimize routes by looking at delivery times. As newer, better projections come in because traffic is light or a crash has reduced vehicles to one lane, they can easily update their route plans. What’s more, Brown says, “We’ve

deal of satisfaction in passing on that knowledge and knowing that I have helped someone. I have a passion for that,” he said.

developed a lot of forward-looking, predictive ETA solutions that put drivers on the most optimal loads, based on the hours they have remaining and the hours they will need to make a delivery.” “We’ve automated all that, but you can

Taking on other challenges

do the same thing if you don’t have that back office sophistication,” tells Brown. “If you’re a smaller fleet, you can go to the portal and look at those hours. The calculations are a little more

When he’s not working or involved in association business, Kuentz spends a lot of time working on his home; he’s remodeled his kitchen and bathroom and is planning other projects as well. He also builds and flies remote control aircraft.

tedious, but you can definitely get there when you know where the drivers are at and if they’re bumping up against their 70.”

Go Beyond HOS Compliance Of course, there’s a lot you can learn

from the data that goes far beyond simple Hours of Service compliance and utilization optimization. Not only did Maverick glean insights

regarding shift differentials and their impact on safety, they discovered a tie between extended time off and injuries and crashes. Brown shares, “We learned through our data that guys that are off for more than 72

Although he is no longer traveling to exotic destinations for his work, Kuentz still enjoys exploring other places. A few years ago, when doctors gave him the all clear after a health scare, he decided to fulfill a lifelong ambition to climb a mountain. With his daughter Courtney, he traveled to Tanzania to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. “I prepared myself about a year and a half in advance; I made a couple of climbs on smaller mountains here in Maryland, but mostly spent time in the gym, trying to get myself in shape,” he said. The climb up the mountain took six

hours tend to be more likely to have workers’ comp issues and accident issues. So, whenever we know that somebody’s off for a particular amount of time, we actually will reach out to them and have a return-to-work conversation; we welcome them back and have a simple ‘Be safe’ discussion.” And, those efforts are making a

difference. The same goes for traffic, weather, truck

breakdowns, and more. Clean, accurate data allows you to utilize those hours of service or shut drivers down in the most optimized way possible. ELD data can also go a step further and

Jonathan and his daughter, Courtney, climb Mt Kilimanjaro; picture taken at about 15,000 ft

provide you with the backup you need to advocate for your drivers. Educating shippers on driver harassment, for example, is going to be a big deal moving forward — and it’s an education that’s easier to provide when you’ve got data on your side. “We have had shippers where the driver

high-altitude pulmonary edema. “It’s still a wonderful memory,” he

said. “We went in January, not only because the climate was right but

days, and the descent took three. They traveled with 11 other climbers and 53 support people who carried the bags, tents and other equipment they needed on the mountain. Kuentz was just 300 feet of the top of summit of the 19,341-foot- high mountain when he had to stop because of what he felt was the effects of

was absolutely out of hours while he was unloading and was not able to park at that customer’s location. The more sophisticat- ed shippers, that’s not always an issue, but there are those guys out there, those dock guys that have not been educated,” Brown says. “They aren’t necessarily trying to be harmful, they just don’t understand the rules and driver harassment, so that’s a big deal.” “These issues are out of the driver’s

also because of the migration of the wildebeest and zebra and many other animals, who were having their babies around that time. When we finished the climb we flew to the Serengeti and went on a three-day safari. It’s a truly incredible memory.

control now,” Brown continues. “He doesn’t have the ability to necessarily fudge the logs for 15 minutes. They have no control of detention, so they may start their day in a good place, and then they get detained for 3-1/2 hours for loading, and then that puts everything on tilt for the rest of the load.” At the end of the day, what does all of

“I really do like being in a third world country; it helps me put things in perspective. The way that we live here is not the way that most of the people in the world live,” he added.

Maintaining the course After scaling a world-famous

this mean? ELDs allow you to be more proactive

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mountain, Kuentz should have no trouble handling any challenges he faces as MMTA chair. He became active in the association more than 25 years ago at the urging of John T. Davis, his manager

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