For fleet owners looking for ways to incorporate electronic logging devices (ELDs) into their trucks, one solid option is BigRoad’s ELD system, known as DashLink.
This easy-to-use ELD provides drivers with a simple, straightforward way to log their hours of service, keeping them—and your company—in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) rules.
While the BigRoad ELD lacks some of the bells and whistles you’ll find with more expensive choices, Dashlink provides a cost-effective way to track driver performance.
How Does the BigRoad ELD Work?
The BigRoad ELD is extremely user-friendly that even new users should be able to get it to work in just a matter of minutes.
The central feature of the DashLink system is the BigRoad ELD mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. It has consistently performed as one of the highest-rated ELD apps available.
The DashLink device itself plugs into your truck’s diagnostic port, where it transmits information back to the BigRoad ELD app using your phone’s Bluetooth connection.
BigRoad ELD FAQs
Comparing the BigRoad ELD to other similar devices requires knowing as much as possible about the system. Here are some of the questions that pop up most frequently when people are learning about DashLink.
What Vehicles Are Supported by DashLink?
DashLink is intended for use in vehicles that are OBDII and EOBD compliant. This means that almost all vehicles on the road can be used with DashLink.
However, if your vehicle doesn’t fall into this category, then you will not be able to use DashLink.
What Mobile Devices Can I Use with DashLink?
DashLink works by sending information to the BigRoad ELD mobile app. This app is available for both Apple and Android devices, which means that you should be able to easily connect your phone or tablet to DashLink as long as you have a working Bluetooth connection.
Is Dashlink Compliant with Current Regulations?
Yes, DashLink is registered with the FMCSA as an approved ELD device, so you won’t have to worry about whether the logs your device produces will be acceptable.
How Do I Start Using Personal Conveyance Mode?
You can activate the personal conveyance mode in the BigRoad ELD mobile app by selecting the option under the duty status.
Be aware, that you’re responsible for making sure that you are actually using your vehicle for personal transport.
What’s the Difference Between the BigRoad Mobile App and Dashlink?
The BigRoad Mobile App is designed to help you easily track hours of service while interfering as little as possible. DashLink is the physical device that connects to your truck’s engine and transmits information to the app.
Performance Factors of the BigRoad ELD
Choosing the right ELD system for your fleet starts with knowing how you plan to measure success.
Here are the key factors to look at for the BigRoad ELD:
- Accuracy for hours of service
- Excellent customer service
- Warnings against potential violations
- Flexibility and transferability
BigRoad ELD is focused less on building the most complex, powerful device on the market and more on building an ELD system that performs as efficiently and flawlessly as possible. That’s why customers tend to rate the app so highly—it’s stable, intuitive, and easy to navigate.
How Has the BigRoad ELD Improved?
The mobile team at BigRoad is constantly updating their app, ensuring that users have the latest, most stable, and most effective program to meet their needs.
Recent updates have improved the diagnostics for the DashLink, helping to catch and repair issues as they arise.
There is also more flexibility now to adjust logs during your drive. For instance, if you have submitted a log but it has not been amended, you can continue driving with the app automatically “unsigning” your log.
Features like these continue to be added, which means that the app continues to become more useful over time.
Companies that are looking for a cost-effective solution to FMCSA-mandated ELD tracking devices should certainly start the process by looking at the BigRoad ELD and the DashLink device. The devices are best for:
- New fleets
- Drivers working with multiple companies
- Easily transfer between vehicles
- Top-notch customer service
- Easy-to-use interface
The Straightforward Device that Focuses on What It Does Best
The BigRoad ELD isn’t the flashiest, fanciest, most advanced device out there, but what it does do, it does well. If you’re in the market for an affordable ELD system that places accuracy and ease of use above all else, then consider the DashLink System.
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- Owner-operator bundle – $234 per year
There are several packages available and other bundles charge a monthly fee based on the number of users. For more information, request a quote from BigRoad.
Pros & Cons
The BigRoad ELD has a lot going for it, from a quick and easy setup to a user-friendly interface, as well as accurate reporting for hours of service logs.
You can also find these advantages:
- Supports both U.S. and Canadian compliance regulations
- No hardware cost upfront
- Affordable monthly fees
- Easily moved between vehicles
- Additional web dashboard available for ease of use
- Produces clear, instant reports for DOT inspections
- Automatic countdown for hours of service
- Notifies drivers of potential violations
While the BigRoad ELD may be right for many customers, others may find that the system doesn’t offer some of the features that other companies provide with their ELD systems.
Here are some of the potential shortcomings you might find with the BigRoad ELD:
- No advanced tracking of engine performance
- Device can be easily disabled, leading to potential violations
- Can only be signed in on one device at a time
- While the app is free, you have to pay a monthly fee to access information
- Bluetooth connection can drain mobile device batteries