Thursday, 23 March 2017

We're Heading To MATS!


It’s our favorite time of year, when we get to truck on over to MATS, the Mid-America Trucking Show, to celebrate all things trucking with fellow trucking enthusiasts and members of the trucking industry.

Mid-America Trucking Show 2017


MATS was created in 1972 to provide the North American Trucking industry with a place to work together to advance the industry, exchange ideas, and showcase new products. It’s the place to be if you want to learn about what’s coming to the trucking nation.

Because the trucking industry heavily supports MATS in a little over four decades it’s grown to be the largest annual trucking industry event in the world! Over 70k people come to attend, with over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world! It’s a big trucking deal.

Head to Louisville Kentucky to attend this event at the Kentucky Expo Center from March 23-25, 2017. There are tons events to attend that involve expanding your knowledge about the trucking industry and having some fun.

Celebrities and along with professionals from the largest trucking corporations will attend this event to answer your questions and proudly celebrate trucking. There are a number of free educational seminars to attend from Picking and Choosing the Most Profitable Loads presented by Truckstop.com to Driver Training and Certification program presented by Truckers Against Trafficking.

We know y’all are just as excited about us to learn and to walk around to see all the top of the line, newest trucks, and technology. Along with taking a peek inside of the most luxurious trucks on the market, we get to see custom trucks too, at the PKY Truck Beauty Championship.

The PKY Truck Championship is the event named for Paul K. Young, who started MATS. At this show, custom trucks compete for a variety of awards and accolades for things like People’s Choice, Antique-Custom, Working Bobtail Lights, and more.

Later we might swing by the MATS concert to see Tony Justice, the 2nd generation trucker out of East Tennessee sing the songs he wrote about the trucking life that he lives. Also, you can catch Thompson Square, the singing couple that was awarded the AMC Award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’.

It’s also fun just to walk around, mingle, and see the sites. Tons of celebrities will be around for meet and greets and autograph signing. Steve Sommers from America’s Trucking Network will be there, along with Edgar Hansen from The Deadliest Catch, MMA World Champion, Andrea ‘KGB’ Lee, and more.

We Hope To See You There


We can’t wait to enjoy mats. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have about TruckLogics, the market leading management solution, specifically designed for members of the trucking industry.

Truckers, fleet owners, owner operators, and more can save time while managing their entire operation with our innovative features for IFTA calculations, dispatch management, electronic driver logs, and more.

For more trucking news visit TruckLogics.com and please share your thoughts about MATS in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Truckers Need To Improve Accident Prevention



We’ve been seeing an increase in accidents involving semi trucks lately.  We know truckers take safety extremely seriously and are even safety certified, but we can't speak for the driving habits of everyone in the industry. Overturned trucks can block lanes for hours and cause frustrating traffic jams! Also, if you’re the one involved in the accident any damage done to your truck and trailer could take weeks, maybe even months to repair, putting you out of work until it’s fixed, and the cost of fixing it won’t be cheap.

Also, these accidents are extremely dangerous to your own life and the lives of others around you. Semi truck accidents account for an 8th of all traffic deaths, so please consider our safety tips to learn how to avoid wrecks.

How To Avoid Major Wrecks


Be attentive when you drive. If you drive tired then that’s the equivalent of driving drunk. Make sure that your rig is comfortable enough for you to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night so you’ll feel refreshed and alert. If you start to feel tired and need a break, then take one.

Put your cell phone and other distracting items away. Your texts, FaceBook, Snapchat, or other fun phone activities can wait until you’ve come to a safe and complete stop. Also, put the newspapers and books away. When you read while driving your eyes are off the road for an extremely long time. If you get bored while driving consider taking a quick break to do something fun or listen to an entertaining podcast.

Slow down! Not only does speeding burn your fuel, but it makes you drive dangerously. Other cars around you don’t have enough time to anticipate your moves, and you might not have enough time to come to a stop. Plus, how many times have you seen a truck on its side from taking a curve or turn too fast?

Try not to make any sudden movements. Slow and steady is the key to driving safely. Don’t suddenly change lanes, give other cars enough time to realize that you need to come over. This, of course, involves using your blinkers to show other drivers your intentions. Accelerate slowly and also come to a stop slowly. If someone is tailgating you don’t want them to slam into the back of your trailer.

Give yourself enough room away from other vehicles. You don’t want to ram a car if it has to come to a sudden stop. Keep an eye out for other trucker’s as well. They take up more space and have more momentum than cars.

Even though most truckers are outstanding drivers who take their job seriously, you just don’t know how much training other driver’s around you have had or how much sleep they got the night before.

When it’s raining, icing, snowing, foggy, and more, slow down even more. Inclement weather makes roads slippery, making it harder for heavy trucks to slow down. Plus, if it’s hard for you to see then that means it’s hard for other drivers to see your truck!

Don’t engage with people who have road rage around you. For whatever reason yuppies in their little cars can’t handle being behind a truck and they dangerously tailgate and speed around them. By engaging in their anger they could cut you off or lead to rash decisions. Also, while you’re busy flipping them the bird or yelling at them your eyes will be off the road.

Don’t skimp out on daily inspections and routine maintenance checks. Make sure all of your tired and gauges are working. Make sure your brakes are working, check all of your lighters and blinkers, and more. A properly functioning truck is a safe truck.

Keep on Safely Truckin’


Don’t get added to the wreck statistics, keep yourself and others around you by being a safe driver. Anything can happen, even drivers who are on the road for 20 years can get in a major accident before they retire, so be alert, don’t drive distracted, and be aware of other vehicles around you.

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and share your thoughts about driver safety in the comment section below. We thank you for your dedicated service and safe safety practices.
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Enhance Your Business With Fleet Management Software


How do you manage it all as an owner operator or fleet owner? Pen and paper is a thing of the past for good reason because papers get lost and often times you have to trust your own memory to keep up with the dates of important meetings, bills, tax deadlines, and more. Plus, if your drivers write their logs, it can be pretty hectic to try and read their handwriting.

Simply the process of managing your entire business and never miss an important date again by taking things online with a trucking management software, like TruckLogics.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the ultimate trucking management software that's specifically designed to help you save time while easily managing your entire trucking business, even when you’re out on the road.

By being 100% mobile you can use your computer, smartphone, or tablet to check in on your business at any time, from any location. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a rest stop, stuck in traffic, or sitting in your favorite chair at home, you’ll always be able to log on to your account and check in on things with TruckLogics Innovative features.

Note: We do not support distracted driving. Please do not use the TruckLogics app unless you’re safely parked.

Truck Logic’s Innovative Features


We’ve compiled a list of TruckLogics top features that will make your life easier when it comes to managing your business. Once you try them you’ll wonder how you ever managed your fleet without them.

TruckLogics offers dispatch management to help you quickly set up trips for yourself and your drivers. You can easily enter pick-up and drop-off locations for each client to save time while creating loads, and enter in specific notes about these locations if your driver needs them.

You can also assign the equipment to each load to help you keep up with maintenance schedules. As the drivers you assigned to a dispatch are in route you can track their progress to update clients about their time and location.

Best of all you can capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to make your daily check-in easier.

The Invoice & Billing feature helps you keep track of all of your bills and payments. In a matter of seconds, you can create a professional looking customized invoice to send to your clients. You can add and edit the invoice details such as the load, rates, and more.

These invoices can be downloaded, printed and emailed so that you can easily share them with your clients at any time. With our invoice reminders, you’ll never forget about a payment because will alert you when an invoice is coming up, due, or past due.

Once you receive a payment you can post it to TruckLogics and record it as a full or partial payment. You can also select the payment method used and add any notes if needed. Payments can even be posted towards multiple invoices for frequent clients.

With TruckLogics you get free access to ProMiles which helps you get the best fuel optimization possible. ProMiles allows you to plan out your route based on the best fuel efficiency or the fastest way possible to help you either save fuel or get somewhere on time.

You can also use ProMile to look at all the fuel prices in the area so you’ll know where the best place to stop is along your route. This will help you decide if you need to partially fill your tank at one location in order to fill up somewhere else with cheaper fuel later.

ProMiles also helps out with your IFTA calculations to help you keep track of your miles per jurisdiction, fuel purchased per jurisdiction, fuel used per jurisdiction, and fuel tax per jurisdiction. This will make calculating your IFTA total a breeze.

Try TruckLogics Today


We only mentioned a few of the amazing features that TruckLogics has to offer. Other features include Quickbooks integration, electronic driver logs, IFTA calculation tools, driver settlements, and more. Sign up for your free 15-day trial to test out the features for yourself. Once you see how easy it can be to manage your trucking business from any location you’ll be hooked.
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Thursday, 2 March 2017

How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency


Part of being a trucker is being gassy. You need fuel to get from point A to B and what’s crazy about it is the fact that fuel is your number one expense! You can’t drive without it, but you need your business to be profitable. So, what do you do? Just forget about it and keep on trucking? No way! Learn about how to be more fuel efficient with the fuel saving tips from TruckLogics.

How To Be Super Fuel Efficient


Step one, slow the truck down. Literally drive slower. Driving at a slower speed can save you a lot of fuel. Just try to go the speed limit. Don’t think of them as rules telling you how fast you can drive, think of them as informative signs telling you at what speed you’ll save the most fuel for this road. Also, don’t think of driving slow as being a granny, pride yourself in saving gas instead.

Did you know that when you drive at 65 mph instead of 75 mph you’ll save about 25% more fuel per gallon? Those numbers will add up quickly!

Also, pay attention to traffic so you can use your clutch like a pro and minimize changing gears. If traffic ahead of you is slowing down simply ease to a stop. You’ll save a lot more fuel by slowing to a stop instead of slamming on brakes.

Try to gradually increase your speed instead of flooring it. Why it’s nice to know that your truck has power, and it’s fun to use it, but use it responsibly to cut down on fuel costs.

Use your truck to coast whenever you can. By using its own momentum to carry you down a hill that's less gear shifting you have to do and less gas pedal mashing. Plus, coasting to a stop helps you hit the brakes less.

When it comes to gear shifting to save fuel try to minimize gear changing, and skip gears when you can. It’s best for your fuel consumption to ride in a higher gear and always remember to keep your RPMs down.

At truck stops try to park in ways that limit maneuvering. You don’t want to have to turn around and drive around the entire truck stop to park and leave. Also, avoid idling, as your truck can burn a lot of fuel as it sits and avoid overfilling your tank. Plus, you can keep your warm ups and cool downs brief to avoid idling time.

When driving stick to the interstate to coast longer without having to stop, unless you could hit rush hour traffic, then stick to the back roads. Also, keep going. Drive as much as you can without making a stop for food or to use the bathroom. The hassle of pulling off the interstate and parking really uses more fuel than you think.

Take care of your truck. Make sure that the tires aren’t worn down too much and that they’re properly inflated. Also, change your oil, filters, and make sure your engine is properly lubed so that everything can work smoothly. By taking care of your truck you’ll get the most fuel efficiency out of it.

Sign up with TruckLogics and get ProMiles! ProMiles is the best fuel management program. It will plan your routes for you based off of fuel efficiency or the fastest route. Plus, ProMiles will show to the best fuel prices in the area so you’ll always know where to go in order to save money.

You know what involves fuel? IFTA does and ProMiles can help you out with your IFTA report by automatically tracking your total miles, fuel purchased, fuel consumed, and fuel tax per jurisdiction. 

Happy Trucking


TruckLogics is here to save your gas so you can make more of a profit. No matter what you’ll always need fuel, so why not use a few of our proven tips and tricks to keep on trucking with maximum fuel efficiency?

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and please share your fuel saving tricks in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Simplify Your Operations With Our Business Intelligence Reports


As an owner operator or fleet manager, you’re busy, that’s no secret. Not only are you driving for hours on end, but you’re having to run and manage your business. There’s a constant need to keep up with all different types of paperwork and totals for reports. Before you know it your office or cab could become filled with piles of loose papers everywhere.

This is where TruckLogics can step in to help, by keeping all of your reports in one convenient location online.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the complete trucking management software. It’s specifically designed for owner operators and fleet owners in order to help them save time while managing every aspect of their business.

By being 100% mobile TruckLogics can be accessed from your computer, smartphone, or tablet from any location, so you can check in on your business at any time, from any location, enabling you to manage your business even while on the road.

Plus, TruckLogics has a ton of helpful features for calculating your IFTA tax, factoring, dispatch management, driver settlements, and more.

Business Intelligence Reports


It’s important to keep up with your total income and total expenses so you can see how well your business is doing, whether it’s breaking even or making tons of profit. That’s why with the Accounts Report feature in TruckLogics you can view profit and loss reports for any time period.

Anytime you would like to generate a report TruckLogics will calculate the total income and expenses from all of your accounts categories as well as the total loaded and empty miles from your trip sheets.

This way you’ll have a breakdown of how well your business did for the month or quarter that clearly lists your profits, losses, cost per mile, profit per mile, % of total income, for all of your income and expense categories.

Sometimes clients are better than others, in the sense of generating more revenue than others for your business. It’s important to keep up with which clients you generate the most profit with so you know who to try and work with more and who to cut ties with.

That’s why with TruckLogics you can easily record your income and expenses for each of your clients then view a report to see which clients are helping you generate the most income for your business.

We hate to say it, but similar to clients, some trucks in your fleet are better than the others. While we love trucks, we know that some are money pits. With the Unit report, you can track how much you’re spending on each truck.

The unit report clearly displays how much fuel your trucks use, their MPG, loan info, and important maintenance dates. This way you’ll be sure to keep each of your vehicle's finely tuned and never forget about something like getting the oil changed. You’ll also see which trucks are fuel guzzlers and which ones have the highest monthly payments.

IFTA is a word that has truckers shaking in their boots four times a year, but with TruckLogics calculating your totals for your IFTA report has never been easier. TruckLogics is integrated with ProMiles which automatically keeps up with your miles per jurisdiction.

Plus, TruckLogics makes it easy for you to calculate the miles per gallon used per jurisdiction, the amount of fuel purchased, and total fuel tax per jurisdiction. All of your records will be easy to update instantly they’ll be kept in one convenient location for you.

From any location, you can generate your IFTA calculations from your trip sheets. Then you can email or print these totals and use them to correctly complete your IFTA return.

Give TruckLogics A Try


Sign up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics to see how easy we make it to manage every aspect of your entire business. With the TruckLogics mobile app, you’ll always be connected to check in on things at any time.
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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Truckers Are Happy Because Of TruckLogics


Being an owner operator is time-consuming. You barely have time to respond to personal texts, not to mention all of your business related emails, invoices, finances, miles, and more! How do you manageit all? The answer is with TruckLogics.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the ultimate trucking management software. It’s the only mobile, web-based solution designed to simplify managing your entire trucking business, especially when you’re out on the road. You can use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to check in on your business at any time from any location. 

Tons of innovative features are included with TruckLogics for invoicing, billing, mileage tracking, driver settlements, IFTA calculating, and more!

How TruckLogics Makes Your Life Easier


The number one thing TruckLogics will do for you is help you save time while efficiently managing every aspect of your business, but it also does so much more.

For Example, with TruckLogics you can:

  • Import data from your Fleet One Fuel card. That’s right. Recording how much you spent on gas as never been easier for your IFTA reports because you can quickly import that information right from your card. 
  • Integrate all of your information from Quickbooks. It’s simple to quickly import all of your information about your drivers, expenses, factoring, all with one click. Your invoices and dispatches made within TruckLogics can also be shared with Quickbooks. 
  • Assign multiple trucks to a load. What other program takes the headache away by allowing you to quickly and simply add multiple trucks to a load to correctly keep up with your records online? 
  • Maintain electronic driver logs mobily. With TruckLogics you and your drivers can update their driving logs online with their smartphone or tablet, to instantly update their logs and to keep all of their information in one convenient location. 
  • Add recurring expenses. If you have the same bill that comes in once a month why take the time to add it to your reports every month? Cut the hassle and add it as a recurring expense and it will automatically appear on all of your reports. 
  • Export stuff to excel. That’s right, any of your reports or IFTA calculations can be exported into excel for a nice, clean, easy to read spreadsheet. 
  • Integrate your Mercer settlements. Quickly integrate all of your Mercer settlements, including fees for hauling, fuels, adding accessories, reimbursements, advance payments for the drivers, and more. 
  • Access unlimited ProMiles. ProMiles will plan the best route for you to either get somewhere the quickest or to save the most fuel. It will also automatically record your miles per state and show you where the best-priced fuel is located. 
  • Have more flexibility. You can easily delete voided invoices, import expenses, edit trip logs to add extra stops, and more. TruckLogics is designed for you, the driver, to make your life easier. 
  • Provide your drives with multi-user access so they can log on to update their trip logs, utilize ProMiles, and more. 

Try TruckLogics Today


We only mentioned a few of the many benefits that TruckLogics has to offer. TruckLogics is specifically designed to make your life as a driver or fleet owner easier while managing your entire business, even while out on the road. Take advantage of your free 15-day trial today to see what TruckLogics can do for you.
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Prevent and Relieve Back Pain On The Road


You’ve been driving for miles, miles, and miles. The last thing you need is annoying back pains and aches bothering you for hours and making it difficult to sleep at night. Back pain is one of the most annoying things of truckers to deal with. It’s right up there with guys in flashy pickup trucks who speed up the interstate and change lanes without using their blinkers. Luckily we have the cure for back pain, but were still working on fixing dumb drivers in cute lifted pickup trucks.

Preventing And Relieving Back Pain


Don’t forget about lumbar support, which is something that supports the lower curve in your spine. Newer trucks offer seats with built-in lumbar support, but if your truck is older you can buy a seat attachment or bring a pillow along to place behind your lower back,

Also, you may need a cushion for your rear end. Your cab is where you spend tons of hours, so why not make it more comfortable? You can invest in memory foam seat covers that adjust to your body, seat covers with built in massages to work out any knots in your muscles, or just a simple cushion to sit on that will provide extra support.

One quick fix that you can start immediately doing is removing anything from your pockets before you sit down. Wallets, phones or whatever else you keep back that can put a lot of stress on your spine and back when you sit down.

When you’re going on down the road be mindful about your posture. Hunching or leaning forward can put a lot of extra stress on your lower back. Be sure to sit up straight with your shoulders back. You can even adjust the set to slightly lean backward for comfort.

Be sure to make sure you’re relaxed in a comfortable position where nothing feels tight. Relax your elbows, don’t lock them and don’t sit still. Shift around about every 20 to 30 minutes to move your core and take in some deep relaxing breaths to stimulate your core muscles.

Sometimes taking some aspirin can be a quick fix to help you forget the pain and focus on driving, but if the issue persists you may want to consider getting some ice to apply to the painful area or an icy hot patch.

Every time you get out of your cab to move around and stretch. Get some blood circulation going by walking around the truck stop. Stretch your arms and legs, do some torso twists, and move your head back and forth to keep your muscles warm and active. 

It’s great to pop a squat. Squatting over your heels helps to stretch your back and it decompresses your spinal discs to relieve pressure and drain fluid. This stretch gets rid of a lot of painful pressure so you can feel good while you drive.

You can also decompress your back by spending a few minutes laying flat on an even surface. To stretch your back bend and raise your knees, then slowly lift your butt off the floor for about 30 seconds and relax.

Sometimes you need to get your rear in gear and strengthen your glutes! Your butt is responsible for stabilizing and balancing your back, if your muscles are too weak then they can’t do their job to prevent pain. Also, your hips, back, and core need to be strong enough to support your weight as well, so you might want to think about working out. Plus, if you’re overweight then that puts even more strain on your back.

Speaking of weight loss, how is your diet? If you have pain in your body think about switching to foods with more nutrition like eggs, salads, nuts, and veggies, instead of processed snacks like chips and candy. The vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods will help heal your body.

If these methods fail or you experience more pain than a tweak or dull ache then take an extra measure by having a professional doctor take a look at your back.

Sit Pretty


With theses methods to relieve and prevent back pain, you’ll be chugging along pain-free. Your mind will be free to focus on the road, listen to podcasts, and comfortably relax.

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and be sure to share your tips about preventing and relieving back pain in the comment section below.
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