Thursday, 20 September 2018

How to Successfully Manage Your Trucking Business

How to Successfully Manage Your Trucking Business
Within your fleet, you have a lot to keep up with. Drivers, bills, loads, and more. You will drive yourself mad if you try to remember everything on your own! Don’t let deadlines and payments slip through the cracks, or you might lose your independent contractors.

Simplify your trucking business with TruckLogics! We have the ultimate web-based business management software available. This program is designed specifically for the transportation industry with account plans to fit the needs of fleet manager, leased owner-operators, and owner-operators alike. Save time and money by managing your entire business from any connected device.

Here are just some of the innovative features TruckLogics has to offer. 

Managing Independent Contractors With TruckLogics

When you set up your TruckLogics account, you can grant multi-user access to your employees with different levels of permission. So now they can access important record or record business information within the shared account. Your drivers can also access their settlements at any time to know how much they were paid and when.

Driver Settlements

It’s quick and easy to create driver settlements. The driver’s pay will be automatically calculated based on your settings. You can choose to pay your drivers per mile, loaded mile, with a percentage of the revenue, or manually, and the hauling charge will automatically be calculated.

Your fuel charges can be calculated based off of mileage, the percentage of revenue, or from a flat fee, You can also add accessorial fees. To save time we have listed a few to choose from, but you can also create a customized fee.

You can also add reimbursements and deductions to the settlement at any time, and we will automatically calculate the balance for you. If you need to advance your drivers’ pay, you can deduct the cost and add the reason for the deduction to keep clear and concise records.

Invoices

How to Successfully Manage Your Trucking Business
Need to charge someone for your services? No problem. You can instantly create a professional invoice with TruckLogics. Based off of your settings the invoice will be auto-filled for you and the calculations will be automatically totaled to save you time.

You can also edit the load, rates, and add memos at any time. Your invoices can be downloaded and shared with your clients, printed, and sent via email, so you can easily get them to where they need to go.

You’re a busy person, you shouldn’t have to worry about remembering each of your invoices– that’s why TruckLogics provides reminders when your invoices are approaching their due date, are due, and past due.

Effortless Dispatching

Assigning loads to your employees can be done with just a few clicks with the ability to instantly create dispatches online. You can assign drivers to dispatchers that include the pickup and drop off location as well as any special pickup instructions and contact information for the pickup and drop off points, so the drivers have everything they need.

Plus, with TruckLogics check calls have never been easier. You can instantly update your clients on your progress and location, and you can capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to simplify your daily check-in.

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Sign up for your free 15-day trial and see the difference TruckLogics can make in your trucking business. Our program can help you save time and simplify running your entire operation, especially when it comes to independent contractors.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Powerful Tips For Success as an Owner-Operator

Powerful Tips For Success as an Owner-Operator
Joining the ranks of owner-operators in the trucking industry isn’t for the faint of heart. Your limits will be tested daily but once you learn how to survive, a prosperous future quickly follows. Currently, there are approximately 350,000 owner-operators in the US.

If you don’t have a solid business management plan, then the learning to survive part will be almost impossible to accomplish. TruckLogics is the best web-based solution designed to simplify the management of your evolving trucking business while on the road. Our program includes all the tools necessary to make your life easier, from dispatches, expense reports, quarterly IFTA reports, and so much more.

Organizing Your Trucking Business

Like your truck, your business has a lot of moving parts that keep it going. Keeping everything organized and accessible is what will save you from becoming a stress-fueled ball of fury. TruckLogics keeps all your dispatches, invoices, expenses, payments, customers, equipment, documents, maintenance schedules, renewal deadlines, and everything organized and accessible from any location.

One aspect of your business that can turn into a big mess real quick is your documents. TruckLogics has a document library were all your documents can stay organized and be quickly sent to customers or added to dispatches.

 

The Importance of Tracking

Who doesn’t want to know where their money is going, or the status of a dispatch/invoice? All the moving parts of your business need to be meticulously tracked so you always know what is going on. TruckLogics will track all your financial information so you can see where your business stands at any moment. Your miles are also automatically tracked from dispatch to dispatch, making IFTA filing a breeze. TruckLogics even has a wide range of report features that allow you to quickly view reports including Profit & Loss, Customer Revenue, Fuel Tax Summary, Unit License Expiry, Trip, Fuel, and so much more.

The TruckLogics mobile app makes recording and tracking your expenses a dream while on the road. For thorough documentation, you can capture your receipts and the image will automatically save with the associated dispatch. The mobile app also displays your dispatch information, special instructions, routing, and check call updates.

 

Planning Starts Now

You want to know what is coming up so you don’t get caught off-guard, and more importantly, so you don’t go unpaid. Your load history is going to tell you a lot about how to plan your loads for the future. With TruckLogics, you can view your past loads and income to pinpoint your most profitable routes. This information will also help you determine how much revenue per mile you will need to turn a profit for the rest of the year.

But planning doesn’t just stop at your loads. Maintenance schedules are one of those things that have to be planned out so you can keep your maintenance expenses under control. Generating a Profit & Loss Report, under the accrual basis of accounting, is going to show when income will be coming in so you can plan your larger maintenance expenses, know when to schedule longer hauls, and stay up-to-date on your cost/profit/revenue per mile. Planning out a month in advance or more seems tedious, but with TruckLogics, it’s simple.




 

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Friday, 14 September 2018

10 Truck Driver Life Facts You Need to Know

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 9 -15, 2018 is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers. At TruckLogics we would like to say thank you for all your hard work and commitment to moving America forward.


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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Take a Moment to Remember The Bravery of 9/11

Take a Moment to Remember The Bravery of 9/11
Seventeen years ago, terrorists stunned America when they brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York City by flying two airplanes into them. Plus, crashing two separate planes to create more fear and destruction. To this day this remains as the most horrific attack on our soil, wiping out 2,764 innocent civilians and 343 first responders.

Today, we all need to take time to remember and cherish our loved ones.

Responders to the attack that rushed to the devastating scene were amazing in showing the world that while America may bend, we will not break.

The passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 overpowered the terrorists and kept their plane from hitting its target. This time each year I revisit the bravery of the firefighters and police officers who put the lives of others over their own. The medical personnel who worked tirelessly to assist those injured in the attack and the average American who set up places to eat and rest for those refusing to leave while there was hope of survivors.

Responders and volunteers from every state in the nation converged on New York to help dig to find victims buried in the rubble. They never slowed down looking for survivors until there was no hope. However, through it all, our flag waved proudly.

So please take a moment of remembrance today to think of the brave men and women who serve and defend our freedom and liberty.


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Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Maintenance Checklist You Need For Brake Safety Week

The Maintenance Checklist You Need For Brake Safety Week
You can’t be a trucker without a truck. Heck, it’s the most crucial part of the word! Whether you are a company driver, leased, or own your own fleet, they are more than essential to your job. So it should go without saying you need to keep your vehicle(s) adequately maintained. This way you’ll get every penny out of your rig and give it a good long life So, let’s take a look at what needs regular maintenance on your truck the most to ensure long life and prepared for the CVSA Brake Safety Week. 

Preventive Maintenance Checklist For CMVs

  • Air cleaner 
  • Air Dryer
  • Air Compressors Function and Condition
  • Brake cylinders, levers and, forks
  • Brake linings
  • Cab lubrication
  • Chassis frame and cross members
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Coolant level
  • Discharge lines and hoses.
  • Dirt on batteries, leakage attachment, the exact gravity of battery acid, fluid level connections and battery box
  • Discharge lines and hoses.
  • Drive belts
  • Exhaust leakage
  • External lamps
  • Fault codes displayed in the vehicle instrument cluster
  • Fluid levels in windshield wiper reservoirs
  • Front shock absorbers
  • Front wheels and bearings
  • Fuel tank, hoses, pipes venting and mounting
  • Fuel water separator, and draining of condensation
  • Headlamps
  • Hinges, locks, doorstops, and sealing strips
  • Hood attachment and locking devices
  • Oil level in hubs for oil lubricated wheel bearings
  • Oil in the front drive axle
  • Oil level in manual transmission given your truck is a manual
  • Oil in retarder
  • Oil level in power steering
  • Radiator fan, bearing tolerance, fan cover, bolt unions, and fan ring with rubber seal
  • Rear spring bolts
  • Rear wheels and bearings
  • Rear view mirrors and reflectors
  • Steering linkage
  • Tire wear
  • Transmission oil cooler hoses and connections for leaks
  • Turbocharger
  • Wiper and washer functioning

Be Prepared For The CVSA Level 1 Inspection

The Maintenance Checklist You Need For Brake Safety WeekThe CVSA or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance as many of you already know uphold the commercial vehicle safety inspections in North America. They monitor the contravention, inspection, and accident information on your carrier profile. There are many inspection types by the level 1 is the most thorough and common. Click here to review the level 1 inspection list from the CVSA website. https://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/inspection-procedures/

Keep On Truckin’

Make sure your brakes are working properly. If you have questions be sure to consult a professional about brake adjustments. Sometimes automatic adjusters don’t correctly adjust your brakes. It’s also important to check your brake lines to make sure that they aren’t being blocked and are clear of debris. Also, your brake lines also shouldn’t be leaking.

Just remember if you perform regular preventative maintenance and give it the care it deserves you’ll increase the longevity and quality of your truck's life. Your vehicle is an essential business tool that you have, so take good care of it! Also, avoid any unnecessary fines from the CVSA during the upcoming


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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Everything You Need To Know About The CVSA’s Brake Safety Week

Everything You Need To Know About The CVSA’s Brake Safety Week
There is always something coming down the pipe it seems. First of all, congratulations on filing Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline…. That is... we hope you filed by the HVUT deadline, and now you need to make sure your brakes are up to code for the upcoming CVSA’s Brake Safety Week.

You have until September 16, 2018, to get your brakes up to speed. Take a minute to read up on everything you need to know about the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week

What is The CVSA?

The CVSA or the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a nonprofit organization made up of local, states, and federal motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. It’s their goal to focus on improving vehicle and driver safety by educating organizations that enforce commercial motor vehicles inspections. They also train and certify inspectors. 

Brake Safety Week: Sept. 16 - 22

During this week CVSA certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on CMVs (Commercial Motor Vehicles) to identify and remove those with critical brake violations from public relations and call attention to dangers of faulty brake systems.

The roadside inspection will consist of the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure including driver operating requirements and proper vehicle maintenance. The following equipment will be subject to inspection:
Everything You Need To Know About The CVSA’s Brake Safety Week
  • Brake-Stem Components to identify loose or missing parts
  • Air or Hydraulic Fluid leads
  • Defective Rotor Conditions
  • Measurement of Pushrod Travel 
  • Mismatched Air Chambers Sizes Across Axles
  • Air Reservoir Integrity And Mounting
  • Worn Linings
  • Pads
  • Drums or Rotors
  • Required Brakes-System Warning Devices
  • Other Brake-system Components

If your vehicle has defective or out-of-adjustment brakes, it will be placed out of service.

Performance-Based Brake Testing (PBBT)

In addition to the North American Standard Level I Inspection,12 jurisdictions will be using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment to measure your vehicle’s braking efficiency. This will measure the total brake force for your entire vehicle and then divide it by the total vehicle weight to determine the overall vehicles braking efficiency.

“The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by 393.52 of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.”

-The Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance 

Again, keep in mind that vehicles with out-of-adjustment or defective brakes will be placed out of service. So that’s a headache you can easily avoid by taking the time to work on your brakes. Also, you should continue performing your pre- and post-trip inspections. 

Be Prepared For CVSA’s Brake Safety Day

If you need to perform a little maintenance on your truck now is the time, because if you don’t pass the inspection, you will get parked! Also, please do what you can to spread awareness about brake safety to your fellow drivers to reduce the number of crashes out there.

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Friday, 31 August 2018

How To File Your 2018 Form 2290 By Today's Deadline

Truckers: your 2018 Form 2290 is due today
Welcome to the eleventh hour. Whether you knew today was the 2018 Form 2290 deadline and just pushed off filing, or your boss decided this morning was the optimal time to tell you, you’re in a bit of a hairy situation. Your IRS Form 2290 needs to be filed by midnight tonight, but you’re going to be able to make that deadline if you follow these steps.

How To File Your 2018 Form 2290 By Today's Deadline

The first thing you need to do is sign up a FREE account with our sister product ExpressTruckTax. They’re one of the industry leaders when it comes to IRS-authorized e-filing, and your heavy vehicle use tax is safe with them. Once you register with them, just follow the step-by-step process to get your 2290 online filed. Mere minutes after that (although there might be a lag due to high filing volume today) your stamped Schedule 1 will be on its way to your email.

File Your 2290 Online –– on the Road

On the road and away from your keyboard? Not a problem! ExpressTruckTax now has an app that enables you to file right from the comfort of your rig! Just...don’t do it while driving. We don’t want you to die trying to file, and anyway, something tells me the IRS will still come to collect your heavy vehicle use tax even if it means literally prying it from your cold, dead hands. (See image below)





Hands-Free Phone Filing

If you don’t have the time, or perhaps the resources, to e-file from the road then use our other sister product (it’s a big family, okay?) TSNAmerica. TSNAmerica is a full-service 2290 filing solution. Call them up, give them your information, and they will file your 2018 Form 2290 for you. Their bilingual support team will be manning the phones all day, but that doesn’t mean you should put off calling them!


TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320



Ways To Pay 2018 Form 2290

Starting this season, ExpressTruckTax is equipped to let you pay your 2018 Form 2290 with your credit card, which is perfect for filing fast on deadline day. Other payment options include electronic funds withdrawal and direct debit, which means the IRS goes into your bank account to collect the money you owe for your heavy vehicle use tax. All you need is to give them your bank account and routing number (you can find this on one of your checks).


See? No need to sweat it. There are tons of ways you can still meet today’s deadline. Either way you slice it––e-filing, app filing, or phone filing, ExpressTruckTax and TSNAmerica will be there to help you through. Good luck and keep trucking!



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