Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Trucking Technology: How to Make the Most out of Time on the Road

Truck driver enjoying audio entertainment options via trucking technology while trucking.
The trucker lifestyle isn’t always easy.

Truck drivers are constantly on the road, making it hard to do other things and have work-life balance.

Make the most of your time on the road with the help of trucking technology.

This can make the negatives of the trucking industry a bit more bearable.

What Can Truck Drivers Do On The Road?

Safety First

Before we consider trucking entertainment options, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

Refrain from listening to anything distracting, and never watch anything except the road ahead.

Also, keep the volume low enough that you can hear your truck and know how it’s functioning. Driving is always your priority.

Entertainment, News, and Education

That being said, plenty of truckers turn to audio entertainment or news to stay engaged on the road and improve the typical trucker lifestyle.

Here’s some trucking technology for your time on the road:


Various trucking technology options for truck drivers to enjoy on the road.



1. Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great way to catch up on reading without taking your eyes off the road. Some truckers download audiobooks via Overdrive or Audible, while others rent from public libraries.

2. Music

Listening to music is a simple fix for trucking boredom. Some radio stations even provide 24/7 music specifically for the trucking industry. Check these out:

- https://truckers.fm/
- https://radiotrucker.com/
- https://www.liveonlineradio.net/usa/truckers-radio-usa.htm

3. Stand Up Comedy

Another great option for entertainment on the road is listening to stand up comedy! Listen to iHeart Radio, which offer 24/7 commercial free comedy.

4. Radio Talk Shows

A major part of the trucker lifestyle is staying up to date with the latest trucking news and trucking industry information. Trucking radio like the Dave Nemo Show, is a great source.

Here are a few more to consider:

- http://truckerradio.com/
- https://www.siriusxm.ca/channels/road-dog-trucking/
- https://www.iheart.com/live/americas-truckin-network-6400/

5. Podcasts

Podcasts are a great combination of news and entertainment. Podcasts for truckers on TuneIn can offer personalized insight and tailored comedy, perfect for your next long drive.

6. Ted Talks, Lectures, Interviews

Some truck drivers listen to Ted Talks, lectures, or interviews to get the latest. These educational forums can help you make the most of your trucking time, especially if you’re working towards becoming an owner operator or growing your business.

Save Time and Money

Some truckers utilize trucking technology to save time and money. For instance, TruckLogics is a cloud-based business management solution for your trucking company.

With TruckLogics you can manage dispatches, expenses, maintenance, and more! After you’ve explored our wide range of features, you won’t ask, “What can you do with TruckLogics?” Instead, you’ll wonder, “What can’t you do?”

Whether you’re an owner operator with 1-2 trucks or a seasoned owner of 15+ trucks, we’ve got everything you need to manage your business.

Another great way to save time and money with trucking technology is with ExpressTruckTax. The IRS 2290 filing deadline is approaching fast and this IRS-authorized e-file provider is the perfect solution.

With ExpressTruckTax easy-to-use system, you’ll file IRS Form 2290 in a matter of minutes, and receive your stamped 2290 Schedule 1 in even less.

Plus, with secure, cloud-based software and a 100% US-based team offering bilingual support, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck or losing information.

No doubt it’s a great service, but HURRY!! The 2290 deadline is September 3, just a few weeks away.











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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

How To Best Prepare For CVSA Brake Safety Week

Truck pulled over by enforcement official during CVSA brake safety week to undergo a CVSA truck inspection.
The trucking world is all about dates so here are a few more to keep in mind:


CVSA 2019 Brake Safety Week is September 15-21.

That’s right, we’re only one month out from the CVSA truck inspection frenzy.

Are you prepared??

During brake safety week, law enforcement officials will be stopping commercial vehicles and conducting roadside safety inspections across the country.

Here’s everything you need to know to pass a CVSA truck inspection during brake safety week.

The CVSA Brake Safety Week Rundown:

What is CVSA Brake Safety Week?

CVSA 2019 Brake Safety Week runs from September 15-21, 2019. Throughout this designated week, commercial vehicles are likely to undergo a CVSA truck inspection.

The CVSA, or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is dedicated to ensuring road safety by inspecting commercial vehicles for flaws.

CVSA Brake Safety Week occurs annually as an attempt to reduce crashes caused by faulty brake systems by removing those vehicles from the roadways.

Vehicles with critical brake violations or other critical inspection violations will be unable to travel until the issue is corrected. 

CVSA Truck Inspection Details

This year, the CVSA has reported that brake safety week will especially focus on brake hoses and tubing because of their essential role in the mechanical fitness and safety of a vehicle.

Brake hoses/tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, and without leaks. Issues to these parts can cause issues for the rest of the braking system.

Here’s a simple checklist to help you prepare for a CVSA truck inspection:

CVSA Brake Safety Week checklist.



Brake Chamber Type & Size
Location
Max Travel Limit Allowed
Short stroke 20 or 24 (round air port)
Steer axles
1.75 inches
Short stroke 30
Truck drives & Trailer axles
2 inches
Long stroke 20 or 24
Steer axles
2 inches
Long stroke 30 (square air port)
Truck drives & Trailer axles
2.5 inches


For more information on diagnosing brakes and self-adjusting brake adjusters, download CVSA 2019 resources here or read up on inspection procedures.

Staying On Track

There’s a lot to keep up with in the trucking world.

Whether it’s truck tax due dates or CVSA schedules, it’s important to stay on track.

That’s why TruckLogics is here to help you stay organized. With this trucking management system, you can save time and money while taking care of business on the go.

With TruckLogics, not only can you take care of dispatch management, invoice & billing, and IFTA, but you can also track and record vehicle maintenance.

Make your life easier and sign up for a free 15-day trial today!

Speaking of deadlines - do you still need to file Form 2290? September 3rd is the deadline to file!

Our sister product, ExpressTruckTax is the perfect option if you’re looking to file fast this year.

Not only is the filing process simple, but you’ll also receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 just minutes after filing.

Plus, you can file on the go and get help from a live, US-based support team.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!






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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

No More Hiding - The IFTA Filing Deadline is Here!

Truckers hurry to file their IFTA fuel tax before the IFTA filing deadline.
And just like that, you’re almost out of time.

Tomorrow, July 31st, is the 2nd Quarter IFTA filing deadline.

Complete your IFTA tax return by midnight tomorrow to avoid hefty penalties.

If you have not yet filed IFTA 2019, there’s still hope for making the IFTA deadline.

We've got the tools you're looking for.

Here’s everything you need to file your IFTA tax return on time.



No More Hiding - The IFTA Filing Deadline is Here!

Information You Need To File Your IFTA Fuel Tax

This is the information you’ll need to collect before you can complete your IFTA tax return:

A list of information needed to successfully file your IFTA tax return.


The IFTA fuel tax is an effort to redistribute fuel taxes equally among jurisdictions, or the states you drive through.

Since truckers are constantly crossing state lines, state fuel taxes alone do not accurately portray the total mileage traveled in each state.

For instance, a trucker could fill up in South Carolina and then immediately cross into North Carolina. There, they could drive twice as far without ever filling up.

Is the South Carolina state fuel tax distributed amongst the states correctly?

No. This is where IFTA fuel tax comes in.

By reporting mileage and travel, drivers are held accountable for mileage driven in each state.

This IFTA deadline covers mileage traveled between the 1st IFTA quarterly tax due date and the 2nd quarter IFTA deadline. 

Steps to File Your IFTA Tax Return

If you still haven’t filed your IFTA 2019, you’ll need a quick solution.

Our sister product, ExpressTruckTax, makes it easy to meet IFTA quarterly tax due dates.

Simply enter the information we covered previously, and ExpressTruckTax will generate an IFTA report for you!

Plus, with tons of features like our free IFTA tax calculator, you’ll save lots of time and minimize chances of error.

To generate your IFTA tax report with ExpressTruckTax, simply:




1. Create your account



2. Add business details



3. Enter base jurisdiction



4. Add vehicle details



5. Enter miles traveled & fuel records



6. Generate your IFTA report

Once, you’ve generated your IFTA tax report, you’ll need to file your IFTA tax return with your base jurisdiction.

Filing Before the IFTA Deadline

Missing the IFTA filing deadline means paying penalties.

As mentioned, IFTA has quarterly tax due dates because it is due 4 times a year. Even if you already filed your IFTA tax return last quarter, you’ll need to file again for the 2nd quarter.

The IFTA deadline for the 2nd quarter is July 31st.

If you still haven’t filed, you need a quick solution.

ExpressTruckTax has what you’re looking for. Don’t miss the IFTA deadline.

Simply enter some information into the free IFTA tax calculator and you’ll be shown total miles, gallons, miles per gallon, and the amount of IFTA tax you owe.

Sign up for a free ExpressTruckTax account and get started generating your IFTA 2019 report now.








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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Reasons For HVUT 2290 Rejection & How To Avoid Them

Recent Form 2290 filer learning the reason for HVUT 2290 rejection
You’ve FINALLY filed your HVUT 2290. You push the button to submit your road tax online payment and kick thoughts of highway tax 2290 out of your brain.

Then, you get your Form 2290 for 2019 back from the IRS. Rejected.

Now you have to resubmit your Form 2290 for 2019 truck tax. 😭 Nobody has time for that!

We’re here to help you avoid any unnecessary delays.

Plenty of unfortunate filers have experienced HVUT 2290 rejection. Let’s learn from their mistakes to avoid highway tax 2290 rejection this year.

Here are some important pieces of information that often cause HVUT 2290 rejection. Double-check them before submitting!

Reasons For HVUT 2290 Rejection & How To Avoid Them

Sections to Check Before Submitting Your IRS 2290

They say everyone makes mistakes, but you don’t have to.

Simply checking over your 2290 filing information before submitting your truck tax and road tax online payment will save you time and maybe even money!



EIN/VIN
  • Each US company has its own unique Employment Identification Number (EIN). Your EIN should be 9 numbers, presented in this format: 12-3456789.
  • It takes the IRS 10 business days to update its EIN database. If you need a new EIN, apply at least a month before filing HVUT 2290.
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be 17 characters long and include numbers and letters.

Gross Taxable Weight
  • We understand that IRS 2290 filing calculations are tricky. Use ExpressTruckTax to automatically calculate your owed HVUT 2290 tax amount.
  • Incorrect calculations can cause long delays.

Business Name & Address
  • It feels like the seemingly easiest pieces of information are the ones that trip up HVUT 2290 filers.
  • Please take your time when filing and double-check your business name and address before submitting your IRS Form 2290.

First Used Month
  • The first used month is the month you first used a truck on the highway during the tax period, which runs from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. Your HVUT 2290 truck tax is due on the last day of the month after your first used month.
  • If your first used month is July, you’ll need to file your truck tax form 2290 for 2019 by August 31.

Filing Year
  • If you’ve used the same 2290 filing service previously, the drop-down menu could be set to a previous 2290 Tax Form filing year. Double-check!
  • We are currently HVUT 2290 filing for the 2019-20 tax year.

E-Signature
  • This is another simple area that typically houses mistakes. Be sure that you use the correct 5-digit authorized signature code to electronically sign your IRS 2290 HVUT.

Choosing a 2290 Filing Provider

When choosing an e-file provider to file your form 2290 for 2019 truck tax, there are a couple main points to consider. 
  • Is the provider IRS-Authorized? Can you trust them with your information?
  • Is the provider affordable or are they trying to rip you off?
  • How easy is the provider’s system? Can you use it quickly and efficiently?
ExpressTruckTax is a provider that answers yes to all of the above.

As an IRS-authorized IRS 2290 filing service, ExpressTruckTax is committed to helping your HVUT highway tax 2290 filing process go flawlessly.

Plus, with completely cloud-based software and direct IRS 2290 highway use tax filing, your information will remain safe and secure.
Woman learning how to avoid Form 2290 rejection
ExpressTruckTax is also an incredibly affordable 2290 filing option. Complete your HVUT road tax online payment and 2290 highway use tax form for under $10.

Most importantly, filing with ExpressTruckTax includes an instant error check, which prevents simple mistakes from slipping through the cracks to avoid IRS rejection.

File IRS 2290 highway use tax today to get in and out fast so that you can move on with your busy day!



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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

How to File Form 2290 Now and Pay Later!

Semi truck on a desert Highway Attention all truckers IRS Form 2290 filing season is officially here!  Our sister product, ExpressTruckTax is now accepting Form 2290 for the 2019-20 tax year! Whether you're a loyal ExpressTruckTax customer or just now hearing of us, we understand how important your business is to you and we are here to make the 2290 filing process simple and quick.

 Instead of waiting for the IRS to open July 1st, you can take advantage of the many benefits of e-filing IRS Form 2290 today with ExpressTruckTax.

How Do I File Form 2290 Online?

→Register as a New User or Sign in

→ Enter your Business & Truck Information

→ Choose Tax Year 2019-2020

→ Select the IRS Payment Method & File your Return.

→ Receive a Stamped Schedule 1 (Is considered as proof of filing NOT proof of payment)


Step by Step on how to properly e-file

Is There a Fine for Filing late?

The penalty for failing to file your Heavy Use Tax IRS Form 2290 is 4.5% of the total tax amount due and the penalty will increase on a monthly basis for up to five months. The penalty for failing to pay your Heavy Highway Use Tax payment is .5% of your total tax amount. You will also face an additional interest charge of .54% per month. This penalty can make the amount you owe increase pretty quickly.

Form 2290 Filing Made Easy with ExpressTruckTax!

  •  ExpressTruckTax provides you a quick and convenient e-filing process for hassle-free Form 2290 filing. To file Form 2290 and pay later,  simply select the check or money order option when prompted. When you are able to make your truck tax payment you can mail it directly to the IRS.
  • ExpressTruckTax is IRS authorized and the leading 2290 provider with top of the line customer service catered specifically to your needs and are here to make your 2290 filing experience as quick and easy as possible to save you the hassle that filing taxes can cause!
  • Trust us, it is in your best interest to file Form 2290 by the September 3rd deadline. Imagine the hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags. If you are placed out of service it will be even harder to make your truck tax payment.
  • ExpressTruckTax provides instant notifications about your business information, 2290 filing, IRS notifications, stamp schedule 1 proof of filing an online chat and phone U.S. based support team.

Other Ways to File!

If filing isn’t in your vocabulary, you are new to filing or just simply don’t know how to Join our brother product Truck Services of North America. TSNAmerica is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.













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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Fun Facts All About the Industry You Love

Did you know? text bible orange truck logics logo with background of white truck traveling the Alcan Highway to AlaskaEven the most experienced truck drivers may not know some of these fun facts and the truth is, we can all afford to learn something new. See what new things you can learn by taking a look at our list of Freight Fun Facts... Bet you can't say that 3 times fast?


1. The world’s longest semi truck is the Red Giant.

The Red Giant is 93 feet and has been traveling the roadways for almost 40 years.

2. Semi trucks need about 40% more time than cars need, to stop.

Rear end collisions and under ride incidents are usually the result of truckers not having enough time to stop.

3. The fastest industry truck is the Iron Knight by Volvo.

The Iron Knight has set records with its 500 meters run in 13.710 seconds. 

4. Around 70% of all goods in the U.S. are delivered by semi trucks.

The largest commodities transported are agricultural and building materials.

5. The United States has nearly 3.5 million truck drivers.

Professional truck driving is a popular profession, despite its requirements of tailoring the lives of those professionals completely

6. Professional truck drivers across America drive more than 400 billion miles per year.

According to American Trucking Associations (ATA), it is estimated that the trucking industry hauls more than 10 billion tons of freight annually.

7. The engines of semi-trucks are typically 6 times larger than car engines.

Truck engines are also designed to go 1,000,000 miles.

8. There is an average of 500,000 truck accidents every year.


Sixty-eight percent of all fatal truck accidents happened not in cities, but in rural regions.

Diesel fuel canister grey and rustic with red and white stripe9. Commercial trucks consume annually about 50 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline.

With commercial trucks they typically all have diesel engines and they can reach 40% efficiency or more, making it much easier to move and not exude more fuel.

10. There are about 15.5 million commercial trucks in the U.S.

If they all lined up bumper to bumper, they would reach right to the moon. Of those operating semi trucks 1/3 of them are registered in California, Florida, and Texas.




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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

What are the Top Rated Dash Cams for Truckers?


Over the last few years dashboard cameras (dash cams) have become the must-have accessory for road voyagers. This new device has some hefty pros and cons and cons. Before you press record or invest in a dashcam we want you to make sure it’s the right thing for your truck.


The technology that is dash cameras can come in handy and can also lead to tragedy. Knowing the ends and outs of the specific camera you purchase is the most beneficial way to be sure it is right for you and the long-hauls you’ll be making. Hopefully, these basic pros and cons will give you an idea of what to expect from truckers new favorite things.

Pros
  • Prevent Staged Accidents
  • Improve Driving Skills
  • Document Your Trip
  • Prevents Theft

Cons


Here is a list of five to performing and highly rated dashboard cameras truckers across the world are investing in. *In no particular order

WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS


Any product that is a two in one can easily be considered the best value, especially if it is a GPS that is included.

Garmin Dash Cam 35


Garmin has been around for some time now and has proven to be a leader in producing high-quality technology for all occupations.

ITRUE X6D Dual Car Dash Cam pro


This dash cam features wide-angle options to capture a full view of the road.

OldShark 3” FHD 1080P 170 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera


With the footage being recorded in 1080p each time your footage will be clear and has a shock absorbency design to keep the camera steady on rough and bumpy roads.

KDLINKS X1 Full-HD 1920 x 1080 165 Degree Wide Angle Dashboard Camera


This model comes with an F1.6 six glass lens designed to give you the exceptional recording when driving in low light conditions.  

There are a few features your next dash cam should have that we encourage truckers to use as a checklist.

  • Dual Cameras
  • Light and Dark Recording Option
  • Variety of Range
  • Storage Option - Information Technology
  • G-Sensor
  • GPS


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