Friday, 29 January 2016

The Right Way to Care for Your Truck

Your truck is your life, making the task of caring for it pretty important. So whether you’re a newbie just starting out in the business, or you're a seasoned road warrior, we have some tips to help keep your truck roadworthy!

Tip #1: Upkeep and Maintenance

Just like all vehicles, regular upkeep and scheduled maintenance is important. The wear and tear you experience on the road after so many hours can really take a toll on the well-being and usability of your vehicle. So to ensure that your truck makes it for the long haul, schedule your preventive maintenance every 13,000 to 15,000 miles. And if you need help scheduling and remembering your maintenance, TruckLogics, and our partners at RigMinders can help you out! We have all the right features to keep you and your truck running right.


Tip #2: Tires

Tires are costly, especially if you have to buy 18 of them.  But if your tires are wearing prematurely did you know that it could actually tell a lot about the condition of your truck? Look at it this way, if you just recently bought a new set of tires and they’re already wearing—it could be a sign of misalignment of an axle, poor suspension, or steering components.

Also, be sure to watch the tires on your trailer. Oftentimes, trailer tires are not properly maintained, so make sure you give them a good once over on your route or have the trailer realigned.

Tip #3: Wash it

Now sure, everyone loves a clean truck! But there’s a good reason for keeping it clean, besides just the cosmetics. When your truck is clean, you’re able to notice more dents or scratches, letting you get them fixed before rust settles in. A clean truck also helps protect the paint and keep it in good condition. Cleaning is a simple step you can do to keep from having to shell more money out of your pocket later on.

Tip #4: Learn Your Truck

Not just any oil or even washer fluid for that matter can go into your truck. Not understanding your vehicle, knowing what the gages mean, or being able to read the gages can cause real damage to your truck. Do yourself and your truck a favor, and take some time to learn the ins and outs of your truck.

Tip #5 Baby It

Everybody has that one friend who absolutely babies his truck. He shuts the door nicely, keeps it clean, never wears the brakes out, and takes his time going up a hill. Although your friend might seem like he cares a little too much for his truck, he probably understands the more care he puts in now, the longer his truck will last. Which brings us to our final point of taking care of and treating your truck well. Don’t wear down the brakes by trying to make last minute stops all the time, make sure it stays clean, and know that the better you take of it, the more money it will save you.

So truckers, before you head out on your next big haul, keep these tips in the back of your mind. We promise they’ll save you plenty of time and money. 

How do you care for your truck? Let us know in the comment section below or share with us on our Facebook page. And remember, TruckLogics is always here to help you keep trucking for the long haul. Check us out, we’ll even give you a free trial of TruckLogics for 15 days.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

How to Stay Healthy on the Road?

Truckers, it’s not always easy to stay healthy when you’re on the road, is it? The urge to pull over at a truck stop, grab a burger, fries, and a large Coke, and sit back is just too appealing. STOP!


We know that making healthy choices on the road is tough, especially when the big golden arches of McDonalds call to you. So to help you out, we have some ideas and recipes, as well as tips on how you can eat healthy while you’re out on the open road.

Some Good, Wholesome, Healthy Recipes

When you’re on the road, you don’t have to sacrifice healthy for fast. From a quick snack to a good morning breakfast, we have some quick recipes you can whip up while you’re parked at your next truck stop. Here are some recipes:

Green Monster Smoothie

This smoothie is packed full of goodness, keeping you full and healthy all day long. Here’s how to make it:

You’ll need:
½ cup cucumber (peeled and sliced)
1 large banana
1 ½ cup vanilla almond milk
¾ cup frozen strawberries
1 ½ cup kale
Handful of spinach

How to make:
Add all ingredients in blender, except for strawberries and cucumbers
Blend on high
Add the strawberries and cucumbers, blend until smooth
Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bowl

Our friends at HealingRadius are here with a delicious recipe that you can make any time of the day. All you’ll need is ¾ cups plain Greek yogurt, one granny smith apple, 1 tbsp chia seeds, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, 1 tsp pure maple syrup. For how to make it, check it out here on HealingRadius.

Eating Healthy Fast Food

Sometimes it’s inevitable, you’ve got to have a little fast food. But just because you’ve stopped for fast food doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthily. When at a fast food establishment, do some research before you just pick a number. There are plenty of healthy options; you just have to look. Take these for example! Here are some nutritional facts you can find at two of the most famous fast food restaurants that make for a healthier meal.

McDonalds: Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich
Calories: 350
Total Fat 9g
Carbs 42g
Protein 28g
Sodium 820mg

Burger King: Whopper Jr.
Calories: 250
Total Fat 21g
Carbs 28g
Protein 12g
Sodium 640mg

Tips to Keep Healthy

Choosing the right types of food to eat while on the road is a great first start, but there’s more you have to do.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep (along with nutrients) is one of the most important things your body needs. Sleeping helps memory, reaction time, and learning. Think about it. When you’re sleepy, you don’t react to certain events as you usually would, and it takes you a little longer to memorize the route or to read a sign, right? So to help yourself stay healthy (and safe) on the road pull over and get some rest.

2. Water, Water, Water

It’s hard to stay hydrated with the right types of liquids when you’re driving for long hours. An energy drink or coffee sounds way more appealing than a cup of water. Drinking water is linked to weight loss and health. But hold onto your seats when I say this, you guys are going to have to drink between 9 and 13 cups of water a day. It’s a lot, but it’s what your body needs!


3. Walk, Jog, Run

In addition to water, eating right, and sleeping, you’re going to have to get out of your truck every once in awhile and get moving. Exercise does much more than just controlling weight loss; it actually helps to strengthen your bones, muscles, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

How do you keep healthy on the road? Let us know in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!

For more great tips, stay tuned to TruckLogics. We’re here to help you any day of the week, whether it’s learning to eat healthy on the road or with your business management.


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Friday, 22 January 2016

6 Most Common Truck Accidents and How to Avoid Them?

With over 5.6 million semi trucks registered in the US, the potential for wrecks and accidents are pretty up there. Although I’m just a four-wheeler, I’ve seen quite my share of trucking accidents: trucks off the road, even some flipped over (scary). Which has me thinking, what are the most common types of trucking accidents, and how can truckers work to avoid them? So without further ado, here’s our list of seven of the most common truck accidents and how you can prevent them from happening to you.

Accident Type #1 - Rollovers

Rollovers are the type of accident that causes the truck to tip over onto its side, or even the roof. These accidents occur due to an excess of speed, a steep incline or decline, shifting cargo, a top-heavy load, or a jack-knife.

How to Avoid it : Take it slow, especially around turns, curbs, etc. Be sure to check your brakes to ensure that they are properly working, and also check that your cargo is secured properly.

Accident Type #2 - Jackknife

A jackknife occurs when a truck’s brakes lock up, causing the vehicle to skid and swing out at a 90° angle from the cab. This type of accident gets its name because the angle resembles that of a jackknife (the blade and the handle). If you’re not careful, a jackknife accident can easily become a rollover crash.

How to Avoid it : It all comes down to your braking. Before rounding a turn, brake during the straightaways and not the turn itself. Decelerating during a turn raises the risk of you jackknifing. If you feel yourself skidding, release the brakes and steer into the skid.

Accident Type #3 - Rear-End Collision

You’re not like most of the vehicles on the road. You need plenty of space to make turns, accelerate, and come to a stop. Whenever you don’t give yourself enough time to come to a stop, you raise the potential of having a rear-end collision.

How to Avoid it : Avoiding a rear-end collision can be tricky. Sometimes, all it takes is for you to start braking in advance of a stop. However, most times rear-end collision occur due to sudden brakes in traffic, which unfortunately makes it difficult to avoid. The suggestion would be to keep a safe distance between vehicles and cars at all times.

Accident Type #4 - Head-On (or) Side Impact

One of the most common accidents that involve a truck and a car is the head-on or side-impact. These accidents, as the names suggest, occur when there is an excess of speed and unchecked lane changes. Many four-wheelers make the mistake of cutting off a truck, not realizing the extra time trucks need to brake.

How to Avoid it : Although you can’t always help what a four-wheeler is going to do on the road, you can work to prevent this type of accident by always paying attention, signaling lane changes early, and reducing your speed in heavy traffic.

Accident Type #5 - Runaway

We’ve all seen the runaway truck ramps when we’re driving through the mountain passes. They look intimidating and scary as you know what! But when your brakes fail, especially on a steep decline, you’re thankful for those runaway ramps.

How to Avoid it : Unfortunately, when brakes fail due to overuse there’s little a driver can do outside of locating a truck escape ramp. These ramps use gravel/sand to cause friction to slow down a truck. And a note to all of you four-wheelers, if you see a runaway truck coming down the highway, move to the shoulder!

Accident Type #6 - Loose Cargo

Accidents can occur for several different types of reasons, but one of the most common is loose cargo. When cargo becomes loose, it can shift around in the truck distributing the weight in different areas. This raises the occurrence of rollovers, especially if the cargo shifts when traveling around turns.

How to Avoid it : The surest way you can avoid cargo shifting during transit is to check that everything is secure before leaving and while at rest stops. The speed at which you drive also plays a role in the shifting of cargo. Minimize the amount of sharp turns you take at a high speed. 

Accidents happen, but you can drastically reduce your chances by knowing the most common types of accidents and possible ways to avoid them. For more tips on all things trucking, be sure to keep up with TruckLogics. We’ll bring you the latest in industry news and tips every week. And if you haven’t done so already, give TruckLogics a try. It’s free for 15 days!

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

TruckLogics Update: Multi-User Feature Has Arrived!

Come one, come all! TruckLogics has a new update and you’ll want to check it out. You’ve been asking for this feature to be added to TruckLogics, and we’re happy to announce that it’s here. Introducing the new Multi-User feature!  

That’s right, truckers! You can now share as much or as little of TruckLogics with your employees by giving them their own login access. Now I’m sure you’re asking yourself several questions about how it works, what they can see, etc. Don’t worry, we promise to cover everything and answer all of your questions. But if you have more questions, you can always give us a call or email us; we’ll be glad to help.

Who’s Can Use It?

The new multi-user feature on TruckLogics currently offers logins for drivers, office managers, as well as giving you the option to create logins for dispatchers who can create loads and those who cannot create loads. You can set the limits and permissions for each of these roles, like so:
  • Driver : Able to add check calls, fuel ups, expenses, as well as upload documents for dispatches assigned.
  • Dispatcher (Can Create Loads) : Able to create loads, dispatches, add in check calls, fuel ups, expenses, and upload documents for dispatches.
  • Dispatcher (Can’t Create Loads) : Able to create dispatches for loads, add check calls, fuel ups, expenses, and upload documents for dispatches.
  • Office Manager : Able to access all the features in TruckLogics, except for business details, account info, and billing.
With each user, you can pick and choose their restrictions, allowing you to customize what you want each employee to see. You can also keep up with and monitor all of your employees’ activities in your TruckLogics’ account, too. Just go to your settings, my activities, and filter by users and date. Pretty great feature, right?

How to Get Started?

Let’s get started setting up your multi-users on your TruckLogics’ account.
  • Sign in to your TruckLogics’ account (or sign up)!
  • Click on the Setup wizard, located in the settings section
  • Select custom website
  • Create your custom URL for your business: This URL is the link you’ll send to your employees for them to log in to your TruckLogics’ account
  • Add accounts for your employees: Drivers, Office Manager, Dispatchers.,
  • Send your staff members their personal login credentials and your business URL for TruckLogics.
  • FINISHED!
See wasn’t too difficult, right?

For more information or help setting up your multi-user accounts on TruckLogics, check out this video below.


And as always, the TruckLogics crew is here to help! Give us a call at 704.234.6946, chat with us online at TruckLogics.com, (or) send us an email, support@trucklogics.com. If you have questions, we’ll find you the answers!

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Friday, 15 January 2016

10 Must-Have Gadgets for the Road

Anyone who has been in the trucking business long enough will tell you; there're things you just absolutely need to have while on the road. Things like paper towels, pens, extra clothes, deodorant, etc. But has anyone told you about all the great gadgets you’ve got to have while on the road? You know, the tools that will help keep you entertained, driving safer, so on and so forth? Well, if they haven’t then you’re in luck. We have a list of 10 gadgets that will make life on the road a little bit easier.

Gadget #1: Durabook

Before we go on to mention any cool apps or other gadgets, an absolute must you need for the road is a Durabook. Durabooks are a type of tablet that can handle even the most rugged of conditions—think military grade. These tablets are waterproof, can operate at 0° F, are shock-resistant, have an eight-hour battery life, and even come with a 10.1 inch LCD screen. See, we told you it's a must-have!

Gadget #2: OtterBox

If we're keeping with the rugged lifestyle theme, an OtterBox is a case you’ll want to put on any of your electronics. These cases can prevent your devices from getting scratched by keys or any other sharp item. It even helps protect things from water damage, just in case you spill your drink while driving. And it has a soft outer shell so you can comfortably slip your phone into your pocket and keep on trucking.

Gadget #3: Vacuum Cleaner

So, OK, we’ll be honest, a vacuum cleaner doesn’t sound like a cool new techie gadget, however, it’s something we recommend. No one likes to live or work in a dirty area. If you have a mini vacuum cleaner readily available when you need it, you’ll be more inclined to use it.

Gadget #4: Portable Coffee Maker

Long days on the road can be tiresome unless you have hot coffee to perk you back up. There are portable coffee makers that fit in your cupholder and brew a single cup of coffee for you to enjoy. And it plugs right into your 12v outlet. We knew you’d be fans of that one!

Gadget #5: iGrill

Are you starting to cook more of your own food while on the road? Great idea—it’s healthier and helps you save money. But are you worried about cooking your food long enough and at the right temperature? If so, try iGrill. It’s a meat thermometer that sends the temperature of your food right to your phone. Say you want to monitor the temperature of your food, but your buddies are calling you over to talk. The iGrill lets you keep a watch on your food from 200 feet away. Pretty cool, right?

Gadget #6: Power Inverter

No need to spend extra money on gadgets designed to work with your car when you can simply use a power inverter. These gadgets plug into your 12v outlet, allowing you to use standard electric plugs. Just be mindful and don’t overload the inverters. I’d suggest sticking to just using three outlets or less.

Gadget #7: Portable TVs

One of the best ways to pass the time during those long rest stops is by watching TV. Am I right? Thankfully portable TVs (tablets) are a thing, and they seem to be designed with truckers in mind. You can connect to a cable provider and get all of your favorite channels while on the road. Most cable providers now offer a package plan that will allow you to download their app and watch your favorite shows on the road.

Gadget #8: Cup Holder Swivel Tray

Eating food while on the road has to be one of the worst parts about driving. Where do you put the fries and drink, or anything else? Well, thankfully they make trays that fit into your cup holder. These trays can be used as a makeshift table, letting you have a comfortable place to put all of your food.


Gadget #9: Compact Cooler

Being on the road for an extended period can make it difficult for you to keep many of your food items cold, especially meats and dairy. Compact coolers that plug right into your 12v outlets are the perfect gadget to have on hand.

Gadget #10: TruckLogics

In the number 10 spot is TruckLogics, the ultimate gadget to have with you while on the road. As a trucking management solution, TruckLogics helps minimize the paperwork and keeps you on top of all of your dispatches, taxes, invoices, and routes. TruckLogics also offers a mobile app, letting you access it from anywhere, at any time. And did we mention, it’s free to try for 15 days? Sign up now for TruckLogics! Like we said, it’s a must-have gadget.

What gadgets do you bring along with you? Let us know in the comment section below. And if you want more tips, stay tuned to TruckLogics. We’ll bring you the latest industry news each week.

Over and out!

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