Friday, 26 August 2016

5 Tips to Help Keep Truck Drivers Awake

Sleeping is always a concern for truckers — but on the flip side, so is staying awake.

While truckers are out on the road, the danger of falling asleep at the wheel is ever present. While we normally give you sleeping tips, today we’re going to focus on tips to help keep truck drivers awake!

Exhaustion Awareness


Yeah, you’re gonna get exhausted working on a flatbed all day. Really, any job will tire you out.

Make sure you’re awake and alert before you start driving, and you’ll be in a better place throughout. If you do find yourself exhausted, follow some of the other tips in this blog.

Get Better Sleep


As we’ve said before, sleeping can be hard. But if you plan on a long haul, do your best to get 7-8 hours of sleep before and every time you’re parked for the night.

Of course, if you need to knock out a pre-drive nap shortly before taking off, that’s also not a bad idea.

Being Mindful


Like we said for meditation, being at peace in your mind will help you a lot.

When you’re out on the road, you can find yourself angry or sad at your co-workers, family members, and friends. But that kind of emotional stimulation can lead to exhaustion.

Keep yourself even tempered and focus on the job at hand.

Change the Conditions


Sometimes blaring the volume on your satellite radio or music player can give you the jolt of energy you need to make a drive. If you’re listening to talk radio droning on, maybe turn it off, or change the station.

It’s the same with your cab’s temperature. If you’re too cold, you may get sleepy, and you run the same risk when it is too warm.

Finding the right balance with your volume, your temperature, and even your seat placement can change your alertness during the drive.

Caffeine Levels


Everybody knows, if you’re tired, drink some coffee. But could there be a negative trade off to drinking coffee?

If you’re in a pinch and need to stay awake, it’s your best bet.

But if you drink too much coffee in a day, you will negatively impact your sleep schedule with that much caffeine.

So while you want to stay awake, you don’t want to lose sleep.

Coffee can stay in your system for up to 14 hours, so keep that in mind when you down a cup a few hours before calling it a night.

Of course, there are always other things you can do to help yourself stay awake. With a good fitness routine and a better planned diet, you’re going to find your energy levels skyrocketing.

So let’s not fall asleep at the wheel on our health, or in our trucks! At least you know, no matter how tired you get, as the premier transportation management software, TruckLogics will help you sleep easier at night.

Do you have a healthy way to stay awake when you drive? Let us know in the comments!


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

TruckLogics Spotlight: Trucking Jobs

Truck Driving Jobs
Truck Driving Jobs
Do you know the ins and outs of truck driving careers in America? Not many do, and even some in the trucking industry have no idea.

So we decided to shed some light on trucking jobs in this post! Whether you’re thinking about getting into the trucking industry, or you’re a seasoned veteran, this post has something for you.

What's the Outlook for Trucking Jobs? 


While the economy will ebb and flow over the years, employment in the trucking industry is projected to grow 5% over the next decade - which is as fast as any industry.

In 2015, the median pay of heavy and tractor-trailer drivers was $40,260 annually, and $19.36 per hour. In 2014, the number of jobs was around 1,797,700.

The trucking industry isn’t going away anytime soon. Sure, it’s going to change as an industry - but it’s not going away.

Types of Trucking Jobs


There are several paths to take within the trucking industry. Sure, there are dispatchers and office managers, but even as a driver there are plenty of gigs.

Like what? Well, here are a few options according to life as a trucker:

  • Dry van
  • Reefer
  • Flat Bed
  • Tankers
  • Bull haulers
  • Auto haulers
  • LTL freight

No matter what, there’s a job for you - you just need to decide if it's the one you want!


Local Trucking Jobs


Some people say they love driving, but wish they were near their family more.

According to TruckingTruth, finding the right job will take you balancing home life with work life. If you’re young with less attachments, being OTR might be right for you, at least for right now.

If you have a family that you would like to see, you have to decide between a higher paying OTR gig and a local company. Now, a local company might pay as well as an OTR, but you’re also not guaranteed to see your family as much as you’d like. They’re a bit harder to get, because the market is always more competitive.

Yet those jobs do exist, and we know plenty of truckers who are excited to have them. Like we said, it’s all about finding the right balance.

Best Trucking Jobs


Well, what are the best paying trucking jobs? According to Trucks Training, here are the top 5 paying truck driving jobs!

  • Liquid hauling: Gas, chemicals, other hazmat are dangerous. That’s why this pays so well!
  • Oversized loads: Sure, you need a special license and training, but it pays at a higher rate!
  • Ice road trucking: It’s not just about being a TV star, it’s more about keeping a cool head on dangerous road conditions.
  • Specialty Car Haulers: Whether it’s a damaged car or a luxury car, you can get higher pay hauling automobiles.
  • Dump truck driving: This is a nice gig because you can stay local while earning bigger bucks. Not bad!

Whatever you end up doing, just make sure you have a strong trucking management software system - like TruckLogics - in place so that your trucking life doesn't quickly become a nightmare.

What do you do in the trucking industry? We’d love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Losing Sleep? 3 Truck Driver Tips for Better Sleep

3 Truck Driver Tips for Better Sleep
3 Truck Driver Tips for Better Sleep
Let’s face it, sometimes sleeping is the hardest part of this job.

Yeah, the work itself ranges from back-breaking to leg-numbing, but afterward we find ourselves on uncomfortable beds, tossing and turning in our sleep.

We’ve talked about it before, and we know it impacts truckers daily - yeah, that’s right. We’re back with another sleep tips and tricks post.

Now, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may still be reviewing their thoughts on sleep apnea, but we have some of our own ideas to help improve trucker sleep.

Food Affects Sleep


With a day’s full of hard work, it’s tempting to finish off with a big, hearty meal. But since fatty, unhealthy foods take longer to to digest, you’ll find it harder to sleep while your stomach is digesting.

Instead, eat vegetables and lean proteins, and stay away from sugary, fatty foods. You should also keep away from sugary, caffeinated beverages, too!

Keep It Cool


According to Dr. Cameron Van den Heuvel, “the body starts to lose heat from its central core and that brings on increased feelings of tiredness in normal healthy adults.”

It’s tough to stay cool in your cab.

Our suggestion? Get a graphite-infused memory foam mattress, like HIBRExpress.

HIBRExpress
HIBRExpress, the graphite-infused memory foam mattress designed for truckers and truck cabs.


Turn Off the Lights


It’s not hard to lose sleep these days. In fact, with computers and cell phones, it’s down right easy. That’s because the glow of digital screens tricks the brain into thinking it's seeing daylight.

This can mess with your circadian rhythm, which is already threatened by the trucking lifestyle.

So when it’s time to turn in for the night, you need to put away your mobile devices, block any invasive light, and enjoy the dark. 

What do you do to fall asleep? Let us know on Facebook!


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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

One App Fits All: Owner-Operators, Fleet & Carrier Management

Owner-Operators, Fleet & Carrier Management App
With custom features and tools designed to simplify business management in the trucking industry, TruckLogics offers solutions for owner-operators, fleet managers, and company drivers.

Best of all, our trucking software exists in the cloud and doesn't require any downloading and installation at all! You simply create an account - and then you can access TruckLogics from anywhere you have Internet.

Being a cloud-based application frees up our users to really take advantage of all the features TruckLogics offers. After all, it’s the features that set us apart from the rest.

What features can you expect?

TruckLogics Features


As the core of your TruckLogics account, the dashboard is your first stop to better trucking management. Each aspect of your company is represented in the dashboard, giving you access to the following features:






TruckLogics Mobile App


You’re always on the go - whether you’re managing a fleet or you’re an owner-operator, you’re never standing still.

Why would you want your business management software to stay in one place?

With the TruckLogics app, you can access your dispatches, expenses, maintenance, reminders, and trip sheets from your iOS and Android devices.

Download TruckLogics App from App Store:



Download TruckLogics App from Google Play Store:




If you have any questions about using our mobile app to manage your business, shoot us an email at support@TruckLogics.com (or) a phone call at 704.234.6946.


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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

TruckLogics: Business Basics

TruckLogics: Business Basics
TruckLogics: Business Basics
Wondering what are the business tools that we offer at TruckLogics? The Quick Tour will run you TruckLogics features that make us the most trusted business management app in the industry! through all the different.

And best of all, our business tools are some of our most popular TruckLogics features—and we've perfected them to make your life easier.

Income Account & Expense Accounts


Whether you’re looking for an app to help you manage expenses or expense tracking, TruckLogics is designed for you.

With the chart of accounts, you can see your income accounts and expense accounts. Whether you want to compare the gross receipts of your fuel surcharges or your leased income, (or) compare two different bonuses, TruckLogics simplifies the process for you.



Income Transactions


When you need to examine income and expense transactions, it’ll only take a few minutes when you’re in the app.

TruckLogics lets you sort your income by categories including payment modes, amount, and descriptions.




Expense Transactions

You won’t have to worry about mismanaging expenses when you use TruckLogics to manage your expenses. With the TruckLogics App, expense management is easy.

We support expense tracking with our Expense Transactions feature.


Receive Payments


Once you've received a payment from a client (or) a carrier, you can post the payment directly in the app. Use TruckLogics - trucking business management app to record full (or) partial payments and payment method, adding additional notations if needed.

You can even post a single payment towards multiple invoices for frequent clients!






Whatever needs your trucking business needs, we’re here to make it work for you! With 24/7 email support, you know we’ll answer any questions you may have. Want to try TruckLogics? Sign up now for a 15 day free trial!

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Top 3 Cities for Truck Driving Jobs

Top 3 Cities for Truck Driving Jobs
Top 3 Cities for Truck Driving Jobs
No matter what job you have, it’s crossed your mind - is this the best quality of living I can get, based on income and cost of living?

Well, after analyzing the top metro areas with the most truck driving jobs, as well as the most job availability, average annual salary for truckers, median home price and median annual rent, the good folks at SpareFoot are saying these three cities are the best for truckers.

Atlanta, GA


Atlanta is the home of the Braves - and the capital of Georgia. As the most populous city in the state of Georgia, Atlanta is a cultural and economic hub of the southern state.

Atlanta has the highest share of jobs available for truckers - but more importantly, the highest paying jobs - with an average salary reaching $64,000. Overall, the rent is the most affordable, too.

  • Average annual salary: $64,000
  • Median home price: $274,250
  • Median annual rent: $15,576

Charlotte, NC


The Charlotte area is a great choice for truckers, with the pay and rent allowing for a quality lifestyle.

And we gotta say, we’re big fans of Charlotte! We’re a small town company, sure, but we’re just a short drive from the Queen City, and you can find most of our customer support specialists rocking Panthers gear come football season.

  • Average annual salary: $55,000
  • Median home price: $204,100
  • Median annual rent: $14,976

Columbus, OH


Who doesn’t love Columbus? Not only is it the 15th largest city in the U.S., it’s the capital and largest city in Ohio.

Columbus has parks and events, a vibrant food scene, and something for everyone - whether you’re a hipster, a family man, or heck, even a trucker!

  • Average annual salary: $49,000
  • Median home price: $139,940
  • Median annual rent: $15,732

No matter what city you’re based in, TruckLogics, a trucking software, can help you manage your transportation business in online. Whether you need an easy IFTA reporting solution, an easy way to generate a bill of lading, or just want to route your hauls with ProMiles - TruckLogics is your best bet.

What city are you based out of? Let us know on Facebook!


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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

3 Steps to Prepare Yourself for 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline

3 Steps to Prepare Yourself for 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline
3 Steps to Prepare Yourself for 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline
Alright, an IFTA deadline is just around the corner. You know what that means!

It’s time to talk about how we can make IFTA super easy for our TruckLogics users out there.

First things first, make sure you gather all of your necessities. What are necessities? Well, have access to your records and your trip sheets.

The cool thing is, TruckLogics provides an IFTA add-on feature with ProMiles integration that makes generating your IFTA return quick and easy. Basically, TruckLogics tracks all your mileage for you through the trip sheets associated with your dispatches.



Before you get started, make sure all your trip sheets are for the 2nd quarter (April - June) are completed, as TruckLogics uses these to generate your IFTA report. Remember, this is easy when you’re using ProMiles.

Step 1: It Starts with the Dashboard


When you’re in TruckLogics, start by selecting IFTA along the top menu. You’ll see that it is 2nd Quarter 2016, which means you can click “Start New Return.”

If your trip sheets are all complete and your fuel is counted in your expenses, you will see an accurate summary of the total miles, total gallons of fuel, and MPG for the quarter.

Pro Tip: TruckLogics also supports bulk uploading! It’s the fastest way to upload fuel data from a fuel card.

Step 2: Details, Details, Details


First, you need to select which vehicles you want included in the IFTA return.

Once you choose, you’ll see a summary of total mileage, fuel use, and MPG for the quarter. After that, you can add any credits or refunds to your return if applicable.

Step 3: Review & Download


With TruckLogics, you finish things off by running your report by our error check, reviewing your return, and if everything checks out - click “Next” to download your 2nd Quarter IFTA return.

*If your state requires e-filing, don’t worry! TruckLogics simplifies that process, and you can quickly generate a fuel tax summary to input into the state’s online system.

If you have any questions about your generating your 2nd Quarter IFTA return with TruckLogics, reach out to us by phone at 704.234.6946 or by email at Support@TruckLogics.com.


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