Trucker Path boasts the largest community of truckers in the US, thanks primarily to its resource locating and trip planning app of the same name. Released in 2013, the mobile app helps drivers find fuel stations, truck stops, parking, and more.
This same thoughtfulness and close relationship with drivers led the company to produce the Trucker Path ELD. It is super affordable and easy to use.
How to Get Started With Trucker Path
Trucker Path is an app for the drivers. Not only do you get data logging and tracking functionality, but you also get the previous functions such as trip planning. This makes it very appealing to drivers all over the country.
If you are interested in this fully DOT-compliant ELD solution, you will need to purchase the ELD module first and install it in your truck. You can then pair it to your phone or tablet through the app.
Here is how you can go about it.
Getting started with Trucker Path:
- Visit the Trucker Path website here. You will need to input your company details, after which you get a free demo to see what the system has to offer.
- You will receive the ELD module in 3-4 business days depending on your location.
- The package consists of two items:
- The Trucker Path ELD module.
- A Y-cable extender with 6-pin/9-pin JPorts and an OBD-II port
- The driver supplies his own mobile device.
- First, plug in the cable into the module. It should connect to the longer arm of the ‘Y.’
- Plug it in your vehicle diagnostics port. This can be found on the underside of your dashboard beneath your steering or some other inconspicuous place.
- Some people prefer to hide the cable and device. Follow the instructions below to do this, especially if you want to connect the kit and still leave the diagnostics port open.
How to install the Trucker Path system out of sight:
- Locate the vehicle diagnostics port.
- Remove the dashboard panel covering it. It is usually screwed into place.
- Unscrew the existing connector from the square bracket. Connect it to the Y cable.
- Screw one of the ports on the cable to the bracket to act as the new diagnostics port.
- The other arm can then be connected to the ELD module.
- Pack the wires and module into the space available, taking care not to damage any.
- Replace the panel cover and screw it back in.
You can also use longer cables to install the module on the top of your dash or inside the dash storage compartment, out of sight.
Getting Started With the App and HOS Logging
Now that you have everything installed, it’s time to power it up.
- Install the updated Trucker Path app on your phone or tablet if you don’t already have it.
- Turn on the truck ignition. It should show two LED lights: a green blinker to show power, and a red blinker to show it is GPS acquisition mode. A solid red light shows GPS locked. You don’t have to wait for it to lock though, just proceed.
- A flashing green light will appear once the engine turns on, indicating activity. It will then turn solid to show Bluetooth registration and connectivity.
Do not pair the devices through your phone settings first. The app will do it for you. However, if it asks you for permission to use Bluetooth, be sure to click Yes.
You’re now ready to use the most driver-friendly ELD device and HOS logging app on the market.
Article submitted by Justin Grau – CMO for BestELDDevices.com.