Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Trucking News Update - May

Trucking News Update - May
Trucking News Update - May
There’s always something new happening in Trucking Nation - especially these days. With technological innovations, industry crises, and elections happening all around us, it’s no surprise that some of our trucker friends might miss the big headlines.

So we’re here to share with you some of the more interesting things happening in our field.

Ex-Google Employee Makes Self Driving Trucks

We know you’re tired of hearing about self-driving trucks, but the industry still has to contend with this ever present threat. As it turns out, 4 former Google employees have started a company called Otto, with the main goal of converting existing rigs into self-driving robotic rigs.

Once again, truckers will still exist even in the worst case scenario, because sometimes they’ll need a pair of human hands to take care of the trickier maneuvers.

Truckers Fighting Human Trafficking

Thanks to the dedicated work of truckers against trafficking, more than 214,000 trucking employees have been trained to spot the warning signs of human trafficking.

Around 1,371 calls were placed to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline, allowing for 425 likely human-trafficking cases to be identified, covering 744 victims, including 249 minors.

Stay vigilant, Truckers Against Trafficking.

Trucker App's Save Time

There’s nothing worse than waiting at a congested port, knowing you’re losing profit and drive time. Which is why drivers are turning to apps designed to save time at terminal gates and make drivers more money per trip.

Unless you’re new here, you know that we’re all about truckers and time-saving apps. With TruckLogics, you can save time on creating invoices, routing with ProMiles, and e-filing your HVUT 2290s.

TSNAmerica Simplifies Paperwork

Want to be completely free of paperwork this year? You need to check out Truck Services of North America. Not only can they handle your IFTA reporting and 2290 pre-filing, they’ve even got you covered for HazMat registration!

Interested? Give them a call at 803.386.0320!

While we’re between deadlines right now, it’s only a matter of time until we see IFTA, 2290, and HazMat registration deadlines piling up. With TruckLogics on your side, you’ll be ready for anything.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Is Your Truck Destroying Your Back?

Is your Truck Destroying your Back?
Is Your Truck Destroying Your Back?
Out there on the road, there are a lot of dangers you’re going to have to deal with.

And in your cab, there’s an even bigger danger. With prolonged sitting, engine vibrations, and the internal stress of a sedentary lifestyle, the dangers just pile up.

What can you do to prevent these back issues? Grab a seat and let’s cover the basics!

How Sitting Hurts You

This whole industry is based around prolonged driving, unfortunately. Not only is it common, it can also be very dangerous.

Prolonged sitting can affect the posture and condition of your body. Your bones, ligaments and muscles will face wear and tear from slouching in a rounded, C-shaped posture.

When you’re sitting and driving, your back curves in a way that causes your head to push forward. This forces the neck muscles to hold up the head, and causes strain within those muscles.

The strain shoots down your back, and can create muscle contractions leading to fatigue and limited blood flow.

With all the stress of driving and engine vibrations, drivers will face more stress and discomfort in their vertebrae.

What should you look for to help you prevent or alleviate back pain?

How to Prevent Back Pain

First of all, fitness and sleep can always help out with your health—especially in a sedentary lifestyle.

But most important might be the seat you rest in. They might be pricy, but you should invest in an ergonomic seat designed to alleviate and protect your back.

If you are not looking for a full seat replacement, look into a good seat cushion.

Most of your modern truck seat cushions will be designed with back and body pains in mind. When you’re looking for seat cushions, you want one that will help your circulation, ease your back pain, and give you comfort for the ride.

What else can you do? Try these seat tips:

  • Adjust your depth and height so that your feet can reach everything and are comfortable when at rest. 
  • Your backrest should allow you to reach the steering wheel with slightly angled arms.
  • Use lumbar support to support your lower back and avoid hunchback postures.
  • Sit with your back all the way down pressed to the back of the seat, with the upper body in an upright position.
  • Alter your seat position slightly throughout the day to vary the stress on your body. 

You’re going to have to be proactive - but it is worth it to preserve your back.

While you’re worrying about your back, you don’t want to worry about your business. With TruckLogics, you don’t have to worry! We’re the premier professional trucking management software. Plus we offer unlimited ProMiles and IFTA reporting in our Premium and Preferred pricing packages!

So let TruckLogics worry about your business, and you take care of that back!

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Friday, 13 May 2016

6 Unwritten Rules of the Road

6 Unwritten Rules of the Road
6 Unwritten Rules of the Road
We know there are plenty of rules, taxes, and laws you have to obey as a trucker. But what about the rules we don’t talk about?

Sure, you might know all the rules as a professional driver, but it never hurts to go over the basics.

So what are some unspoken rules of the road for truckers?

Make Some Noise

You’re driving down the highway and a four wheeler pulls up next to you. You see a few kids doing the international air horn symbol. What do you do?

Well, if you can toot your horn… do it!

Sure, there can be complications to using the air horn - we've heard that some companies have horn restrictions and logs, as well as litigation over the air horn distracting four wheelers.

But a lot of times, kids of all ages just want to see a trucker pull the horn. If you have no restrictions, might as well pull it and give the trucking profession a positive reputation.

Lend a Helping Hand

Sure, nobody wants to be as helpless as a rookie driver. But how are these rookies gonna learn if nobody is there to teach them?

Instead of hitting Reddit (or) Facebook with a story about a witless newbie trucker, ask yourself - how could you help that trucker learn?

And let’s be real - we were all there once. Someone probably helped you out.

Patience Goes Far

Sometimes, a little patience can go a long way. But with an equal amount of consideration, you can make sure your fellow truckers are maximizing their time.

If you have a trucker hauling LTL freight coming in at the same time, it’s not a bad idea to let them knock out their load first. Especially if they’re only opening one door!

Proper Bedside Manner

Wait, what? No, not like that. We just mean when you come into a truck stop at night, switch to your dimmest lights and try to keep any noise you make to a minimum.

We know that sleep and sleep health are huge issues for the proud members of Trucking Nation, so making sure you allow your fellow drivers their sleep time is the best thing you can do.

Don't Hog the Fuel Bay

You might think leaving your truck in a fuel bay saves you time, but you could be costing other truckers. And maybe that doesn't bother you, but I’m sure you’d hate to lose some of your own paycheck.

Once you’re done filling up, pull away from the pump and find a proper parking space if you’d like to head into a convenience store.

Come on, we need to watch out for each other!

Do Unto Others

But overall, watch out for your fellow truckers. If you see a trucker in need, stop to help them out.

Don’t treat the truck stop like a dumpster, and do not leave old bottles full of who knows what lying around.

Drive like an expert. Keep your head in the game and do your best to keep the roads safe for your fellow truckers and the four wheelers out there.

Basically, show a little common courtesy! It’s the small things we do that can make a difference.

Another unwritten rule is to start early on your paperwork! With the HVUT 2290 and 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline a few months away, it’s the perfect time to jump in with a 15-day free trial of the ultimate trucking management software of TruckLogics.

What are your unspoken rules of the road?

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

5 Mistakes that Make you Look Like a Rookie Trucker

5 Mistakes that Make you Look Like a Rookie Trucker
5 Mistakes that Make you Look Like a Rookie Trucker
Every year, new drivers set out behind the wheel of a big rig.

And every year rookie truckers face driver burnout due to less-than-ideal working conditions and their own hazardous rookie mistakes.

So what are the mistakes rookies make? How can they be avoided?

Bully Driving

When you’re chugging along a highway in a 55,000 lb. vehicle, you can’t help but be proactive in your driving. In fact, thinking on your feet while navigating the road is key to this job.

But some rookies let the power of the 18-wheeler go to their heads! Aggressive driving can be a danger with 4 wheels, but you increase the danger exponentially when you reach 18.

Don’t try to intimidate 4 wheelers and other truckers with your rig. Even if you’re provoked, just let it go - it’s never worth it!

Besides, you’ll give the whole field a bad name with that.

Trusting Everybody

First of all, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Sometimes recruiters and dispatchers will sell something so lofty and unbelievable, that you WANT to buy it.

Look further into it. Examine it. Thanks to driver shortages, there are plenty of companies who will say anything to get the drivers they need.

So don’t just take someone’s word for it, unless you can verify it.

Trusting Nobody

At the same time, you should trust the more experienced drivers out there.

It’s a huge mistake to ignore the knowledge and insight that a veteran driver can offer.

After years and years of driving, truckers become sage and wise masters of the road. Let’s not shrug them off! Even if you think you know better, hearing them out will at least give you another angle.

Plus one day you’ll be a veteran driver, and you’ll have knowledge to share.

Money Woes

The road can be costly.

While you’re on the road, you’ll have to cover your cost of living. If we start with a base cost of $100 per week, any little expense can add up.

Instead of sinking this into fast food and truck stop grub, save money by buying your own food from grocery stores and planning ahead a little bit.

You’ll save money and eat a lot healthier!

Pushing Limits

While you may think of yourself as a superhero with unbreakable limits, you need to remember that your limits are VERY real.

Watch your sleeping, eating, and fitness habits as you establish yourself as a driver. It’ll make the difference between a great driver and a risk to the road!

And don’t try to do some daredevil move to save time (and therefore money). You’ll regret it!

Another mistake you might make is going on the road without a professional management system for your rig.

With TruckLogics, you have access to unlimited ProMiles, invoice and payment tracking, as well as the ability to create bills of lading and give multi-user access. Sign up for a 15-day free trial!

Did you make any mistakes as a rookie? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Want Unlimited ProMiles? You Need to Try This!

Want Unlimited ProMiles? You Need to Try This!
Want Unlimited ProMiles? You Need to Try This!
We always say that TruckLogics is the only transportation professional software built by truckers, for truckers.

But what does that mean? It means we listen to our customers, and try our best to build TruckLogics with them.

And by user request, we’re excited to announce we are changing our TruckLogics packages!

What changes can you expect? Well, we are now offering unlimited ProMiles routing in two packages, Preferred and Premium!

Unlimited ProMiles

Previously, we offered confusing ProMiles credits. And thanks to your input, we’ve decided to streamline the system and offer unlimited ProMiles built into the pricing packages we offer!

Starting at just $19.95, Preferred offers both IFTA and unlimited ProMiles, as well as the other features you’ve come to love.

And for the Premium package, drivers can expect unlimited ProMiles, IFTA, and LTL, starting at just $29.95.

Of course, we’re still starting our Pro package at just $9.95.

We know nothing is more frustrating than managing ProMiles credits. And you’ll no longer need to juggle credits as you fix any mileage miscalculations and reporting errors you encounter.

Understanding ProMiles

Don’t know what ProMiles is? Is it just Google Maps?

I mean, if you’re in a four wheeler, Google Maps works just fine. But when you’re with a transportation company, you can’t just drive ordinary routes thanks to road restrictions, low clearance, and so on.

ProMiles watches out for you! All of the address-to-address routing is configured with truckers in mind, selecting only roads that trucks can travel, saving both time and fuel.

Plus, auto-completing your Trip Sheets with ProMiles will save you hours, even days, of data entry. Just login to TruckLogics, and you’ll see what's happening with your dispatches, expenses, and contacts with just a glance at the dashboard.

TruckLogics will also keep track of your loads in real time, convert dispatch proposals into invoices with a single click, and can be accessed by multiple employee users.

Come on - with four IFTA filings per year, saving time with ProMiles is the smartest thing you can do.

So say goodbye to ProMiles credits! And say hello to an easier, friendlier TruckLogics.

And let us know what you think! We’re always available to hear your thoughts at, or 9 a.m to 6 p.m. by phone at 704.234.6946.

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