Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Best Ways To Bring Trucking Music To Your Ears

TruckLogics shares modern ways for truckers to listen to music
The open road can be a lonely place. You might drive for hours without seeing or talking to another person. Some drivers can’t get enough of the solitude, while it can take a serious toll on others.

However, the road doesn’t have to be lonely place, because you have your radio in your cab. Flip it on and turn the volume up to listen and sing along to your favorite songs. It’s the perfect way to stop loneliness and homesickness in its tracks!

You need to find the right jams for your rides, but they don’t necessarily have to be classic, truckin’ country songs. Check out the modern ways to fill your cab with tons of music.

Update Your Radio


It can be quite the hassle to scan through random radio stations to finally find one that you like. Then all of the sudden it may cut to a lengthy commercial break. Also, after you’ve traveled a while it will turn to static and you will have to find a radio station you like all over again.

However, all of this issues can be avoided by subscribing to Sirius XM radio. Now this will give you access to thousands of satellite radio stations that you can listen to at any time. You can find your favorite sports talk station, country station, rap station, and more. There is literally something for everyone.

Ditch The Radio


These days you don’t even need a radio to get the best music you can get a streaming app like Pandora to instantly play the songs that you want. Plus, you can use them to create personal stations to play songs like the ones you like.

For example, if you like Toby Keith you can create a Toby Keith station and listen to music like his all day long. If you like a song you can give them a thumbs up and it will play more frequently.

If you don’t like a song, don’t worry, you don’t have to listen to it ever again. Just give it a thumbs down and it won’t come on your radio station again.
 
TruckLogics suggests finding an interesting trucking podcast
You might be one of those truckers who knows what they like and doesn't want to hear anything else. That’s fine, all you need to do is get an iPod or MP3 player and build your own personal playlist.

Try A Podcast Or Audiobook


Podcasts are starting to really take off. They’re like radio shows with more personality and fewer commercials. Plus, you can find podcast shows about murder mysteries, sports, politics, and more! There are even trucking podcasts like Big Rig Banter, Trucker Dump, and more. Use a podcast app or iTunes to find some interesting shows.

As a driver, you probably don’t have a lot of time to read, but with an audiobook, you can have someone else do the work for you. Simply buy the book you want or use an audiobook app to stream interesting novels. Audiobooks provide hours of entertaining and educational content.

Enjoy Your Ride


You don’t have to ride in silence. Fight the solitude of the open road by literally bringing music or podcasts to your ears. There's nothing like a favorite song or interesting story to stop loneliness and homesickness.

Please mention your favorite thing to listen to in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Improve Communication With Your Dispatcher

TruckLogics supports Truckers and Dispatchers working well together
Sometimes truckers and dispatchers don’t have the best relationship. There’s nowhere to point the blame because it only takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch. While not all dispatchers or all truckers are to blame, sometimes there are a few people who are pretty unqualified in the industry.

However, every time you run into a problem you can’t just assume it’s your dispatcher’s fault and chalk it up to them stinking. Be a professional and take the high road by learning how to effectively communicate with your dispatcher to make your job easier.

How To Communicate With Your Dispatcher


Keep in mind that your dispatcher is extremely busy. On average, they may have 10 or more drivers to keep up with on a daily basis. That's a lot of freight tracking and planning to make sure that every load goes from it’s starting and ending location on time.

Therefore, if a dispatcher seems busy or short with you don’t take it personally. They need to be masters of multitasking to get everything done. You can make a good impression by treating them like a human and asking how they are doing and by making a little conversation when you speak with them.

While they may not always have time for small talk making a good impression will help them remember you and may result in your dispatcher working in your favor to give you the hours that you want.

Also, remember that it helps to speak the way you would like to be spoken to. That means be polite and avoid the use of profanity. Also, be direct and tell your dispatcher what you need and if you can accept a load.

Even though dispatchers are often considered to be the mystical heroes in the background of the trucking industry, they can’t read your mind. You have to let them know what you’re unhappy with, or if you’re under hours for the week. If you are, you should let them know with gentle, polite reminders.
 
Truck dispatching is easy with the help of TruckLogics
Be sure to talk to them about something that bothers you with a clear head, before it builds up to avoid exploding about it later.

Dispatchers can only work with the loads that are available and with the fluctuating market sometimes the available loads will be more profitable than others. Know that sometimes you will have some driver detention to deal with, but it’s not the end of the world. You can calmly ask for loads to make up for it.

It’s also important to be responsive and reliable. If a problem arises, like your truck breaks down, call your dispatcher immediately to let them know so they can work on resolving the issue of a possible late delivery with the client.

Only accept work that you know you can complete. Also, if you accept a load, be sure to follow through with delivering it on time to remain dependable in your dispatcher’s eyes. This is the best way to build trust with them.

If you two get into a scruff, it’s only human nature. Both dispatching and trucking are jobs that involve a high level of stress. However, you need to stay calm and don’t lose control of your mouth. If you escalate the situation with cursing and personal insults you won’t look good. If your dispatcher attacks you or uses profanity speak to their manager about it.

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work


Dispatchers and trucking go together like peanut butter and jelly. You need both to get the job done. Even though sometimes the relationship can feel like peanut butter and ranch, do your best to maintain a professional relationship to make your job easier.

If you have any tips for communicating well with your dispatcher please add them to the comment section below. Also, visit TruckLogics.com for more trucking blogs.
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

How To Be An Incredible Dispatcher

dispatcher dispatches semi trucksDispatchers can be unrecognized heroes in the trucking industry as they get trucks from point a to point b and make sure they stay on schedule. If you’re joining a new fleet as a dispatcher or if you’re looking to hire a dispatcher for your fleet be aware that a good dispatcher can make or break a trucking business.

Everyone in the trucking industry has heard a bad dispatcher story or has their own experience to share. Don’t become another part of trucking lore. Instead, check out our tips on how to up your dispatching game.

How To Be An Incredible Dispatcher


Have Good Communication Skills

Truckers already deal with enough people who make them feel like another number when they deserve respect. Talk to your drivers politely and take interest in what they are saying. Avoid the use of profanity and don’t try to cut calls short or rush your drivers off the phone.

We know that dispatchers lead a busy lifestyle, so it’s perfectly fine to be direct with drivers some days, but remember that you will be talking to them on a daily basis and everything will go much smoother with a positive attitude.

Even though you will be receiving tons of calls on a daily basis, you can't use that as an excuse to ignore your quiet drivers. Call and check in with everyone.

Keep Calm And Prioritize

Grab a cup of coffee and relax. You know as a dispatcher that you have a lot on your plate and stressing out about it won’t help you accomplish anything. Make a list of what you need to get done, then prepare for your list to get a little unorganized as you begin to multitask during the day.

You will always have a lot going on at once, so it’s important to be able to have the ability to quickly decide which task is the most important.

Do you need to reroute a driver or contact a client to let them know their delivery will be late first? Do you need to call your driver back to answer questions about a terminal or check on a driver you haven't heard from yet today? These are only a few examples of the daily chaos you might face.

Don’t Get Mad

disptacher texts driverYou are the middleman between your driver and the customer. That means that you usually get the earfuls of their complaints. If the driver is going to be late you may have a very frustrated client to deal with. Also, if the client needs your driver to delay their delivery by a few hours you may have an angry driver to deal with.

Take a few deep breaths and keep your composure. If you let your anger get the best of you the situation could escalate or you could lose a client. Also, if your driver gets angry they could take it out in the form of road rage, which is extremely dangerous.

Be Prepared To Plan

As a dispatcher, a lot more goes into your routes then simply getting a driver from a starting and ending location. You need to figure out how to cut costs, be efficient, and most importantly, keep your drivers safe.

Try to plan the most direct routes with safe passage for truckers. Also, don’t push a driver past their limits. If they need to stop because they are tired or sick, let them.

To cut costs you can try to combine shipments, find routes with the cheapest fuel prices, try to negotiate rates with shippers, and more.

Become A Dispatching Legend


Dispatching trucks can be a job that deals with a high level of stress on a daily basis, but as the backbone of trucking, we need you! With a little planning and the ability to keep calm and prioritize you’ll lead your drivers to greatness.
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Simplify Dispatching For Your Trucking Business

TruckLogics makes dispatch for drivers easy
Dispatchers are often described as the backbone of the trucking industry because they take on quite a few frustrating tasks from making sure drivers pick up their cargo on time, stick to their routes, and make their deliveries on time. We all know that traffic jams, construction, driver emergencies and more can randomly strike to cause a dispatcher emergency!

That’s why TruckLogics, the market-leading trucking management program is here to help by making dispatching easier, for both the dispatcher and drivers. Check out how their innovative features simplify dispatching.

How TruckLogics Simplifies Dispatching


You can instantly create a dispatch online with TruckLogics that contains all of the details you need for your records and all of the information that your drivers need. For example, you can include the shipper and consignee details.

Plus, you can include custom pick-up and drop off locations, as well as any special instructions for the driver. Also, you can include contact information for the pickup and drop-off location in case your driver needs to contact the location with any questions that they may have.

You can also assign drivers and equipment to your dispatches online. This way you will be able to make sure the right truck will be used for the right load, and keeping up with maintenance schedule will be a breeze. TruckLogics dispatching also gives you the ability to assign up to two drivers per dispatch for team driving.

While creating your dispatch you can also find accurate address-to-address routes for trucks by utilizing Google Maps. You will be able to accurately estimate how long the trip will take based on the route.
 
Check on your dispatches with the TruckLogics app
ProMiles can also be used to get major savings on fuel by showing you the cheapest fuel prices along your trip. The miles from ProMiles will also automatically update your trip sheets and will be saved for your quarterly IFTA report.

Another way TruckLogics makes dispatching simple is by making check calls easy! Forget about receiving a million phone calls a day, because with the TruckLogics app drivers can instantly send out check calls.

Notifying clients of progress and location is as easy as sending a text, so drivers can make their update and get on the road. Also, with the TruckLogics app, you can quickly capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to make your daily check-in fast and easy.

Also, with TruckLogics you don’t have to worry about calculating any load charges or fees yourself because everything is calculated in your dispatch for you. Hauling fees, fuel surcharges, accessorial fees, and more will all be automatically factored in. You can also send professional invoices to your clients in just a few clicks.

You can access and edit your dispatches online at any time. Simply log in to your account and click the dispatch tab to see your unassigned dispatches, assigned dispatches, active dispatches, delivered dispatches, and canceled dispatches. This way you will always be on top of your records.

Try TruckLogics Now


Why wait? Instantly see how TruckLogics can simplify dispatching and more by signing up for your free 15-day TruckLogics trial! You will be able to instantly create dispatches, send invoices, make driver settlements, and more. You may even wonder how you ever managed your trucking business without it.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Fuel Efficiency Secrets To Increase Your Profit Per Mile

Become more fuel efficient with TruckLogics
It almost seems ironic that fuel is the number one trucking expense, but once you think about it, it’s a no-brainer. You need fuel to haul goods all across the country and fuel is incredibly expensive. However, you need stay ahead of high fuel rates to run a profitable trucking business and increase your rate per mile.

That’s why TruckLogics is here to help by providing you with the best tips and tricks to become more fuel efficient. By making only a few slight adjustments to your driving habits you will be amazed by how much you can save.

Fuel Efficiency Secrets 


Upgrade Your Technology

Are you still buying fuel with the same old debit or credit card? Then it might be time to upgrade to a fleet or fuel card for major savings. Fuel cards can save you between an average of $.05 to $.15 cents per gallon and sometimes more. Check out the ExpressTruckTax fuel card to see how much your fleet can save.

Have you checked out programs like ProMiles with TruckLogics? ProMiles will help you map out the shortest truck route to improve your fuel efficiency. You can also use it to plan the fastest route possible! ProMiles will also show you the places with the best fuel prices along your route a well.

Is your truck outfitted to reduce aerodynamic drag? Is the top of your cab sloped? Do you need to increase aerodynamics with roof fairings, side fairings, an air bumper damn, and more?

Drive Less Aggressively

If there is lead in your foot then get rid of it! You will save a ton by simply slowing down. By slowing down from 56 to 50 mph you could improve fuel efficiency by 22% percent. Don’t just worship the guys who get 10 mpg, become one!
Cut costs and save fuel with TruckLogics

Avoid coming to abrupt stops and quickly accelerating. Take your time and avoid frequent stops by taking routes that go around rush hour traffic. However, you will want to take the interstate when you can to avoid traffic lights and stop signs.

You know what really grinds your gears? Well, you do! Master your clutch and try to change gears left often and even skip them when you can to save fuel. Ride in a higher gear to save fuel when you can and keep your RPMs down.

Maintain Your Truck


You love your truck, you need the truck, so take care of your truck. It will respond by providing you with better mpg. Check on your tires. If they have low pressure or a worn thread then they will hurt your fuel efficiency. Remember to rotate them regularly and replace them in a timely manner.

When you change your oil seize the opportunity to give your truck a little tune-up. Change the oil filter and check the air filter for dust and debris. Replace your hoses and make sure everything under the hood is properly lubricated. Trust us, a happy truck is a fuel efficient, well maintained one.

We Know You Can Get To 10 MPG!


Save on your number one expense by making a few changes to your daily habits. Take it easy, become a master of your gears, and remember to keep your truck well maintained. Before you know it you’ll be a fuel efficiency master, rolling in the savings.

For more fuel efficiency information check out what the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has to say. They work extremely hard to study the latest trends and technologies to educate the freight industry on fuel efficiency.

If you have any fuel efficiency tips please add them in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Your IFTA Deadline Cheat Sheet

Prepare for the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline with TruckLogics
You’re out of time! Your 3rd quarter IFTA return is officially due today, October 31st. Use your IFTA deadline cheat sheet to help yourself file by midnight in order to avoid facing major penalties.

Using your TruckLogic’s quarterly IFTA reports, so you can file with ease. Simply log into your account to enter your mileage and fuel records to generate your quarterly IFTA report. If you’ve been updating your totals all quarter long then your IFTA report is already prepared and you can use it to instantly complete your return. The entire process is incredibly easy, but to help you out, even more, we’ve provided a few helpful IFTA reminders.

Your IFTA Deadline Cheat Sheet


What Is IFTA?

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement. It’s used by the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian Provinces to simplify fuel reporting for qualified motor vehicles that travel between two or more jurisdictions.

Your IFTA return must be completed on a quarterly basis with your base jurisdiction or the jurisdiction where your qualifying motor vehicle is registered. The taxes collected are equally redistributed to each jurisdiction.

IFTA Penalties 

Go ahead and file by the deadline because the IFTA penalties are no joke. For example, if you miss the deadline you will face a penalty of 10% for the taxes you owe or $50 depending on which amount is greater.

Plus, if you don’t pay the amount of fuel tax you owe by the deadline you will face a penalty of .4167% of the total taxes you owe. That amount will accrue on a monthly basis until you pay the amount you owe in full.

Your base jurisdiction also reserves the right to suspend or even revoke your IFTA license, which wouldn’t be good, because then you would get parked. However, don’t worry this generally isn’t the case for first-time offenders.

Required IFTA Information 
TruckLogics defines IFTA qualifying vehicle
In order to complete your return you need to include the:
- Total miles traveled per jurisdiction 
- Total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
- The tax paid on all fuel purchases
- And the current tax rate per jurisdiction.

Qualifying IFTA Motor Vehicle 

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it travels between at least two jurisdictions and is used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property and has:

- Two or more axles with a gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Two or more axles and a gross registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Three or more axles regardless of weight
- A combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.

Your Base Jurisdiction

Your base jurisdiction is where:

Your qualified motor vehicles are based for registration
Records of your qualified motor vehicles are maintained in the event of an audit
And where qualified motor vehicles traveling through the jurisdiction within the fleet acquire some mileage. 

We’re Here For You 


If you need any assistance with your IFTA report simply give the awesome, US-based TruckLogics support team a call. We’re available Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

We Interviewed Bad Truck Advice For His Trucking Secrets

TruckLogics provides comedy for truckers

Hey trucking nation. We hope you’re prepared to ward the spirits away, because Halloween is only a few days away. It might be hard to celebrate Halloween on the road because DOT agents won’t appreciate it if you drive with a mask on. Also, jumping out to scare people at your favorite truck stop may be frowned upon.

However, to give you a truly scary Halloween we interviewed BadTruckAdvice. Simply follow his tips and tricks for a scary day that you will never forget. All of the questions were answered by the Twitter legend himself, and his advice should probably be followed with a little caution.

Bad Trucker Advice


1. What should you do if you can’t see when backing up?

-Back up until you hit something, then pull up and try again.

2. When should you file your IFTA return?

-I leave that to my cousin, Trey. He's all kinds of smart. I just give him my shoebox of fuel receipts, he'll shake it, then tell me how much. I pay him cash and he takes care of the rest. He's so good at it, I don't even need one of them IFTA stickers on my truck!

3. How do you track your fuel and distance records for IFTA?

-Trey put one of them GPS thingies on my truck. Looks like an old solar calculator, but just sticks to my dash with some double sided tape.

4. What do you think of the ELD mandate?

-I love 'em! The fella at the Verizon store gave me a wizbang one that does the Netflix and the Hulu. I ain't understanding how them other drivers are all against them. I mean, I can watch "Dukes of Hazzard" while driving, now!

5. What's the best trucker diet on the road?

-It's hard to balance between things that get you the runs, the heartburn, or the cramps. But I prefer Slim Jim's, Doritos, Taco Bell, and plenty of McDonald's. Ain't nothing better than mixing BBQ and Sweet and Sour for your nuggets!

6. What do you do when you need to use the bathroom but there’s no truck stop parking?

-There are drains between the pumps that work in a pinch. Just be sure to stand on that catwalk behind the cab incase the driver moves his truck. Don't want y'all gettin' run over.

TruckLogics interviewed Bad Truck Advice
7. What do you do when you know your delivery is going to be late?

-I take out my dog's log book and use his driveline. I hate being late, I hate anything that is late. I mean, I done broke up with my high-school sweetheart cause she told me she was late. Didn't know what she was late for, but hate "late" so much it don't matter.

8. What's your advice for working with dispatchers?

-Never forget there's a "Driver Shortage", not a "Dispatcher Shortage". He can get replaced, you can't. Let him know who's in charge, keep him in line, and always threaten to park your truck in his office if he gives you guff.

9. What's the best way to protect yourself on the road?

-Find an ugly woman and have her ride with you. If she's ugly enough, ain't no one gonna bother you none.

10. What should rookies learn quickly after CDL school?

-There ain't no school, what're you talking about?

About Bad Truck Advice


-I'm old enough to know better and young enough to not care. Been driving since my feet touched the hammer. I've been up and down all the roads you can imagine hauling all the freight there is, ice roads, dirt roads, silk roads... My CB handle used to be "Marco Polo". Nowadays people just call me "BTA". Guess it means something cool, like. But I done found this "Twitter" thing and am enjoying sharing my hard learned lessons with them younger shifter jockeys. Hammer down, roll coal, just keep on truckin'!

Thanks BadTruckAdvice!


We hope you have a happy Halloween. You can follow this bad trucking advice for a terrifying day, or at least watch a scary movie in your rig. For more bad trucking advice follow @badtruckadvice on twitter.

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