Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Secrets For Better Driver Retention

With the driver shortage all across the nation it can be a real hassle to lose a driver. Who knows how much money and time you’ll spend recruiting a new, qualified driver. It takes much less effort for fleet owners to keep current drivers happy than to find new ones, so learn about how to improve your driver retention here.

Tips For Improving Driver Retention

Respect Your Team

Drivers are people. I’m sure before you worked your way up to fleet manager or higher you ran into a few higher ups that seemed to speak to you like you weren’t important and it probably didn’t feel great. Treat people on a professional level and how you would like to be treated.

Also, not all drivers are the same. Take an interest in them. Be sure to learn their names, a little about their hobbies, families, and more. Whenever you see one of your drivers ask how they’re doing and what’s new. Show interest in them as a person, don’t just treat them like tools. As a result, you’ll notice that your driver happiness is increasing.

Offer your team better tools to work with. They’ll be spending a lot of time in your trucks and equipment so make sure that they are comfortable and in good working condition. Nothing makes you seem like you don’t care like a rickety old rig on its last leg.

Be A Good Communicator

Both rookie and veteran truckers will love to tell you what they think. They’ll voice their opinions for hours, but sometimes they won’t know if it’s okay to approach you or not. That’s why you need to make yourself available to them and ask them for their thoughts and opinions on different matters. Also, provide a place where your drivers can comfortably voice their concerns.

It’s important that you make time for your drivers. If they approach you, don’t brush them off. Hear them out. Remember to be engaged with them as well. 

Offer Education

While some truckers would love to put 30 years behind the wheel, others hope to learn the business and climb up the ladder. They will go somewhere that will offer them the chance to learn. Put a program in place that will allow your drivers to move up within the company.

Always give them the opportunity to learn more about the business and bring up educational topics like how to find loads, brokering, how to build a relationship with shippers and more. Consider even offering training them for different aspects of the business. You can also leave a few books and trucking business magazines around the office for your drivers to read. Let them know that they can borrow the books to take a look at when they have down time during a trip.

Offer Rewards And Benefits 

When people do a good job they want to be recognized and rewarded. Be sure to bring up who is doing a good job in company meetings and offer some sort of rewards program. For example, offer the most gas efficient driver a prize. You could also offer a prize for going a certain amount of days without any driving incidents.

What will your team get for sticking with you? Will they get a fair amount of vacation time? Will you offer your drivers health insurance? Will you help them with their premiums? Insurance can take a huge chunk out of their paychecks, so helping out with that can set your company apart from the crowd. Also, offering a unique set of benefits will make you memorable.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Read up on the reviews about your company and when drivers leave contact them and ask them why they left and what could be improved. You could also conduct exit interviews. Just remember that if a disgruntled driver doesn't have the best feedback for you to keep it professional and use what they say to improve conditions for the rest of your team. 

Retaining Drivers Is Easy!


Don’t get caught up with the driver shortage. Simply respect your team and offer them a few unique benefits that can’t be found elsewhere. Take their suggestions seriously, and listen to them. Heck, even ask them their thoughts on business related matters and offer them some training. Then before you know it you’ll have an outstanding team of dedicated drivers.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

2290 Vehicle Types: Agricultural, Suspended, Etc.

Ready or not, 2290 season is coming up pretty quickly now. We hope you’re prepared to file for your heavy vehicles in order to receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. However, before you file make sure you know what types of vehicles you have because some are subject to lower tax rates than others, and we don’t want you to pay more than you have to. Take a moment to see if any of your vehicles qualify for lower rates, exemptions, or credits here!

2290 Vehicle Types 

If you own a qualifying heavy vehicle then you have to file a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. A qualifying vehicle or a highway motor vehicle is any vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

This includes any self-propelled vehicle that is designed to carry loads over public highways, regardless of whether they’re designed to perform other functions or not. Examples of other functions include carrying passengers, special cargo, and if the vehicle has permanently mounted equipment. The vehicle itself includes the chassis, or chassis and body and does include the actual load. 

Agricultural Vehicle

An agricultural vehicle is any type of highway motor vehicle that is used or expected to be used for primarily farming purposes. Agricultural vehicles are required to be registered under state laws as a highway motor vehicle used for farming purposes for the entire tax period.

To qualify as an agricultural vehicle the vehicle must be primarily used for farming purposes for over half of the vehicle's use, which is based on mileage during the tax period.

Agricultural vehicles that are used for less than 7,500 miles during the tax period qualify as suspended vehicles. 

Logging Vehicle

A logging vehicle is a vehicle that is used exclusively for the transportation of items harvested from forested sites or a vehicle that exclusively transports products from the harvested sites to and from locations in the forested site. Logging vehicles must be registered as a vehicle exclusively used for logging according to the vehicle registration laws for your state.

This is important because logging vehicles are subject to lower rates than other heavy vehicles.

Suspended or Credit Vehicle 

A suspended vehicle is any taxable vehicle that doesn’t exceed 5,000 miles (7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles) during the tax period. Suspended vehicles must be included on your Form 2290, but if they exceed the mileage limit during the tax period then you’ll owe taxes for them.

These vehicles are also known credit vehicles and include vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, or sold during the tax period. After filing your Form 2290 and paying your total Heavy Vehicle Use Tax due you can file Form 8849 the Claim for Refund of Excise taxes to claim a credit or refund on your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax paid for these vehicles.

When e-filing Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax if your credit exceeds your tax due ExpressTruckTax will automatically generate Form 8849 for you. 

Exempt Vehicles

Exempt vehicles are vehicles that are exempted from Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, so you do not need to file Form 2290 for them. They're totally exempt, no matter how many miles they travel.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax-exempt groups include the federal government, the American Red Cross, Indian tribal governments (to carry out tribal government functions), and mass transportation authorities.

Exempt vehicles include Qualified blood collector vehicles used by qualified blood collecting organizations, mobile machinery used for non-transportation purposes, and vehicles that aren’t considered highway motor vehicles, like vehicles designed for off-highway transportation.

File Now

Now that you know what types of vehicles you have and how you can save head to ExpressTruckTax to pre-file your 2290 today or call TSNAmerica 803.386.0320 to have a representative pre-file for you over the phone. Both options will send you your stamped Schedule 1 via email!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team at 704.234.6946 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST, via live chat, and through our 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tips For Increasing Fleet Efficiency

In the trucking world, there’s always room for improvement and there are always ways to cut costs to improve your business. The ability to learn how to become more efficient and implement changes to help your fleet grow can be the difference between making it or crumbling in the industry, especially when times are slow. So, check out our tips on how to become more efficient to save here and there.

Increase Your Fleet’s Efficiency

Financial Tracking And Reporting

To improve your business you need to know every single detail when it comes to your finances as far as income and expenses go in order to know where improvement needs to be made.

Learning every aspect of your finances can be possible with the help of a management program where you can add all of your income, and expenses, and even handle invoices. There are trucking specific programs that will even help you with driver settlements.

This software should be like TruckLogics and include reports that you can run at any time, for any period of time to break down your costs so you can see exactly where your money is coming and going. A few examples of these reports include cost per mile, profit, and loss, driver payment, customer’s revenue report, etc.

Once you have an extremely clear idea about your expenses and profit you can create a budget and learn where to cut costs.

Cutting Costs

Unfortunately, cutting costs may involve not buying the fun, brand spanking new item that you want to. Remember you can always upgrade things for your business later. Start off by researching all of your options before making a purchase. For example, will buying an older truck or leasing one be more cost effective than buying a brand new one?

Do you know how much your drivers are spending? Some trucking management programs allow for drivers to upload their receipts for transactions so you can monitor their spending. They can take a photo of the receipt for your records or enter in every detail of the transaction. Also, with a fuel card like the ExpressTruckTax one, you can control driver spending and set a daily limit.

The number one expense you’ll face is gas, so teach your drivers to increase their fuel efficiency. Go over the basics of not flooring it and slamming the breaks, going the speed limit, correctly shifting gears, and more. Also, maybe offer a reward to the driver who is the most fuel efficient on a monthly basis.
 
With a management program that includes route optimization software like ProMiles, you can plan the most fuel-efficient route to cut out unnecessary miles. You can also use ProMiles to find the cheapest fuel prices in the area.

You know what’s also expensive? Truck repairs. Truck repairs are not only expensive, they could also cost you business. Keep your trucks running in tip top shape by providing them with regularly scheduled maintenance.

However, don’t worry about when your trucks need to be maintained. Use a trucking program with maintenance software to remind you based off of your truck’s odometer readings instead. For example, set a reminder to change your oil about every 15,000 miles.

TruckLogics Can Do It All


We know we keep mentioning finding a trucking management program to increase your efficiency, but the search is over. TruckLogics is the complete fleet management solution that will track your finances, generate financial reports, optimize your routes, remind you about truck maintenance needs, and more. Sign up for your free 15-day right now to instantly gain access to all of the efficient features that TruckLogics has to offer.
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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Ways to Save on Your Form 2290

As an owner-operators or fleet manager cutting costs can always be rewarding. There’s nothing like saving a dime here and there to increase profit margins and to have more savings in the bank. However, when it comes to truck taxes you have to pay the amount you owe. Unfortunately, there isn’t much wiggle room, but we do know a few ways you can save before and after filing.

How To Save On Your 2290?


Use Discounted Prepaid Credits

This first tip mainly helps those with multiple vehicles to file for because our sister company, ExpressTruckTax, makes it easy to save on bulk filing. Simply take advantage of their wallet feature to purchase prepaid credits for the 2290 Forms you need to file.

Each credit provides a 10% discount for filing fee, not on the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe. So, with the more you file, the more you save. Plus, the credits save you time, because instead of having to hunt down your credit card and entering in your payment information you can simply pay with your prepaid credit.

To get prepaid credits create a free ExpressTruckTax account, log in and you’ll see your wallet in the top right corner. Click buy to purchase the amount you need. The wallet will always display the number of available credits you have.

Remember To File Form 8849

Form 8849 is the Refund or Claim of Excise taxes form. It’s used to claim credits or refunds on Form 2290 for vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, or sold. It’s also used to claim credits or refund on vehicles that are suspended.

A suspended vehicle is one that does not exceed 5,000 miles (7,500 for agricultural vehicles) during the current tax period. The current tax period doesn’t end until June 30th, so make sure your vehicle doesn’t exceed the mileage limit by then.

The thing to remember about Form 8849 is that you can’t file it until you’ve filed your Form 2290 and paid the full amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes you owe. Then all you need to file is your name, address, and EIN.

Be sure to include the information for the vehicle you’re claiming a refund on, and details such as why. Include if your vehicle was destroyed, sold, or stolen with the date that the incident occurred.

Be Prepared and File On Time


Give yourself enough time to file. If you wait too close to the deadline problems could surface. For example, you need an EIN or Employee Identification Number to file. If you don’t have then you can apply for EIN with the IRS, but it takes about 15 days for new EINs to become active in the system and forms can be rejected during this time.

ExpressTruckTax will let you know immediately if your form is rejected and why, so you can make any corrections and retransmit your form, but if you wait until the deadline you might not be able to make your corrections in time, resulting in missing the deadline.

You don’t want to get hit with the penalties involved with filing late. If you fail to file by August 31st the penalty is 4.5% of the tax due and it accrues on a monthly basis for up to 5 months. If you don’t pay the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe by the deadline then you’ll face an additional penalty of .5% of the amount owed per month. Trust us, you’ll save by filing on time!

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions regarding your 2290 please don’t hesitate to ask. Remember that you can pre-file now with ExpressTruckTax and file over the phone with TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to instantly get your stamped Schedule 1. Contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

How Fleet Owners Improve Money Management

Money, money, money. It’s the only way to keep your business and fleet running. The trucking industry is no piece of cake, and unfortunately a lot of the people who try to break into it fail. Sometimes the difference in making it or breaking comes down to how you or your fleet manager manages money. That’s why TruckLogics is here to help with a few innovative features that simplify money management.

TruckLogics is the ultimate trucking management software, designed for fleet managers and owner-operators to save time and simplify managing every aspect of their trucking business. There are tons of great features for invoicing, trip routing, maintenance plans, and more.

Money Management With TruckLogics 


A big part of money management involves maintaining a positive cash flow by invoicing quickly. That’s why TruckLogics has made it incredibly simple to create custom invoices to suit your needs. The invoices are based on your load details and settings, plus TruckLogics figures your calculations and auto fills most fields for you.

You can even add factoring companies and apply their rates. You will also have invoice reminders to remind you when it’s time to collect a payment and can post the payment in TruckLogics to update your records. Simply log into your account at any time to see if an invoice needs to be paid, or has been paid at any time.

When it comes to bills or expenses often times there are too many! However, TruckLogics can help you keep track of them all. You and your drivers can upload an expense at any time with the TruckLogics mobile app.

For example, every time fuel is purchased details such as the type, cost, and quantity can be recorded. A photo of the receipt can be taken with the TruckLogics app and stored for your records. 
Entering the same expense over and over again can be a little frustrating, that’s why you can enter recurring expenses with TruckLogics. To save time and to make sure that you never forget about an expense create a recurring expense.

As a result, the expense will automatically be calculated for your reports on a monthly basis. These expenses could range from a monthly truck payment to a monthly software subscription.

You know what could make a trucking business go under pretty quickly? Not paying the drivers. That’s why you can instantly handle Driver Settlements with TruckLogics. You can elect to pay your drivers per mile, load per mile, a percentage of the revenue, or manually and the amount will automatically be calculated for you.

Details such as fuel surcharge fees, accessorial fees, reimbursements, and deductions will also automatically be added to the balance for you.
With all of your finances recorded you can see how your business is doing with the ability to run a variety of reports. You can break down your cost per mile and revenue per mile on trips, and you can run a profit and loss report for any time period to see if you broke even or did better or worse.

The fuel tax report keeps up with your IFTA totals for your return, the year-end tax report will accurately reflect your totals for your tax returns, and the driver payment report will keep a detailed record of your payments to ensure accuracy and to resolve any possible payment discrepancies.

Start Better Managing Today


Sign up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics today to see how the money managing features can help you track all of your finances to see where your money is coming in and going out. You’ll also have access to features for compliance records, a trip document library, ProMiles, and more!
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Introducing HVUT Form 8849


It’s no secret that tax time comes with questions. We find ourselves wondering what forms are due, and when, and how to e-file them. When it comes to Form 2290 you may see Form 8849 associated with it, but what the heck is Form 8849?! What does it have to do with Form 2290?! Form 8849 actually is involved with getting credits or refunds for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) you’ve paid.

Form 8849

We will start from the very beginning. Form 8849 is the Claim or Refund of Excise Taxes Form. It’s used to claim credits on refunds for vehicles included on your 2290 that were stolen, sold, or destroyed. It’s also used to claim credits or refunds for suspended vehicles, meaning vehicles that were driven for less than 5,000 miles on public highways (less than 7,500 for agricultural vehicles.) during the tax period.
  
Form 8849 ties into Form 2290 because it’s to claim credits or a refund on excise taxes. Excise taxes are taxes paid on goods when they’re purchased. These taxes are usually included in the price of the good. One example of an excise tax is gasoline, which comes into play with your quarterly IFTA report. Excises taxes can also be included on activities like when heavy vehicles use public highways.

Aha! Now you see the connection since all owners qualifying heavy vehicles of 55,000 pounds or more have to file their 2290 on an annual basis in order to get a copy of their stamped Schedule 1.

Just remember that you have to file Form 2290 and pay the full amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes you owe before you can file Form 8849.

To file Form 8849 check out our sister company ExpressTruckTax and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide. All you need to file is your name, address, and EIN or Employee Identification Number. You should have an EIN if you’ve already filed your 2290 because you need one to complete your form.

If you haven’t filed your 2290 and you need an EIN then you can apply for one with the IRS online. Just remember that it takes about 15 days for your EIN to become active in the system.

Also, when filing Form 8849 you will need the information you’re claiming credits or a refund on with details as to why. For example, mention if the vehicle was stolen, sold, or destroyed and include the date that the incident occurred.
 
Now because you can’t file Form 8849 until you complete Form 2290 and pay your HVUT why wait? Head to ExpressTruckTax to pre-file Form 2290 today. As a result, your form will be instantly transmitted to the IRS on July 1st when they begin accepting returns and you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email within minutes!

We have another sister, TSNAmerica, who you can call at 803.386.0320 to pre-file your Form 2290 for you, over the phone. It’s as easy as making a simple phone call. Your Form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and you’ll get your Schedule 1 via email as soon as it’s stamped.

We’re Here To Help.

Form 2290, Form 4489, forms with other numbers….it can all get confusing! That’s why the dedicated TruckLogics support team is here to help. If you have any questions regarding your truck taxes please don’t hesitate to give us a call Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

TruckLogics Will Help You Stay DOT Compliant


As a fleet manager, you’re busy. You have a lot of paperwork and regulations to keep up with for your drivers, especially when it comes to being DOT compliant. Why don’t you take a load off by using TruckLogics to help you save time with a few major parts of the DOT list?

TruckLogics is the number one transportation management solution for owner-operators and fleet managers. It’s specifically designed to simplify running your business with time-saving features for route optimization, IFTA recordkeeping, dispatching, record keeping, maintenance schedules, and more.

How TruckLogics Helps With Staying DOT Compliant


In order to stay DOT compliant then you have to keep up with a seemingly endless amount of different records. For example, you need to keep up-to-date qualification records and performance histories for each of your drivers.

TruckLogics makes this easy, by providing one convenient location for all of your documents. Upload your driver records and documents to access anywhere on any device, and automatically receive renewal notifications for CDL and Medical Cards.

To stay compliant you’re also required to keep up thorough records of any accidents involving one of your company vehicles. Luckily you can quickly and easily upload anything you need into your TruckLogics account.

You’ll also need to create a regular maintenance program for your vehicles and make sure that you stick to it. This is where TruckLogics can really help. Easily schedule maintenance for each truck and receive reminders when your trucks need maintenance. For example, you can set a reminder for oil changes every time your vehicle travels 5,000 miles. Keeping maintenance records is simple, just upload the receipt to the maintenance tasks within your account.

On your vehicle's profiles, you can enter odometer readings, the last time they received maintenance, and more. You can also set up reminders to let you know when your vehicles need maintenance again.  Also, you can keep track of your trucks odometer readings by making check calls using the TruckLogics companion app.

Remember, you need to keep up with the hours of service for each of your drivers, but don’t worry, with TruckLogics you and your drivers won't have to deal with the hassle of paper logs. Your drivers can use the TruckLogics app on their smartphone or tablet to keep accurate records of their service.

They can simply add their hours to the TruckLogics app with a few taps of their thumbs. Hours and locations can be added from anywhere, eliminating the need to carry a logbook in the rig. Also, these records can easily be printed and emailed at any time.

Your vehicles must be marked with their respective DOT numbers, so be sure to add their number to their profile in order to avoid any confusion.

Try TruckLogics Today!


You have to keep your drivers DOT compliant, but that process doesn’t have to be difficult. Simplify managing your business and keeping up with all of your records today, with the help of TruckLogics. Sign up for your free 15-day trial to instantly take advantage of their innovative features for invoicing, maintenance tracking, electronic trip logs, and more.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Roadcheck 2017 is Next Week!

Uh oh, it’s that time of year again. Now we bet you thought we were gonna say something about taxes, but that’s not the case today! Instead, it’s time for you to prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Roadcheck! If you’ll be on the road during this check know how to prepare for it.

What To Expect For Roadcheck 2017


Each year the CVSA focuses on a special category for their roadcheck inspection, and this year’s theme is cargo securement. Exciting right? The Roadcheck will take place over 48 hours from June 6th through the 8th, so if you’re on the road during the day or night expect to be inspected.

If you haven’t already it’s a good time to take this weekend to prepare yourself and your fleet for inspection. Make sure your tie downs are in good shape to properly secure your cargo, and make sure that they’re secured in the proper way, meaning they won’t come loose. They also need proper edge protection to avoid becoming rubbed to the point of breaking. Catch up on the full list of cargo securement standards here.

The inspection doesn’t stop at cargo security, it actually includes 37 steps that look at both the driver and vehicle, and that’s only for the level 1 inspection. So, if your tires need to be aligned or replaced, or your brakes need some work take care of it now. 

The level 1 37 step inspection includes the examination of:

The driver’s license
Hours of service
Motor carrier registration
Shipping Documentation
Seatbelt usage
The influence of drugs or alcohol
The brake systems
Cargo securement
Coupling devices
Driveline/Driveshaft
Exhaust systems
Frames
Fuel systems
Lighting devices
Steering mechanisms
Suspensions
Tires
Open top trailer bodies
Wheels - rims and hubs
Windshield wipers
And emergency exits (on buses)

What a list. If you think you can skip on by, do it at your own risk. The inspectors have gone through a 3-day training course, so they really know what to look for. Instead of trying to sneak by you can take a few steps to make the process go by faster and easier.
 
You’re busy and so are the inspectors, we understand that you don’t want your trip to be delayed because of your Roadcheck. However, 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during roadcheck and that’s a lot! It’s possible to get through your examination quickly if you have a positive attitude. Trust us, being polite really helps to speed the process along.

Also, looking professional helps. Clean your truck, both on the inside and out, and have all of your papers organized in a folder for your inspector to quickly look over. No one wants to be held up by you digging through papers in your truck for the ones you actually need.

Your attitude and level of professionalism could be the difference between a level 1 inspection or a deeper one. It could also mean the difference between a warning, citation, or further actions!

Pass This Year’s Roadcheck


Inspections may be a hassle, but as long as your rig is up to code then you’ll have nothing to worry about. Also, by providing a positive and professional attitude your inspection will pass before you know it and you’ll be back on your way.

For more trucking blogs visit TruckLogics.com and please share your experiences with Roadcheck in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Pre-filing For Form 2290 Opens Today!

Happy June. We’re sure you’re looking forward to all the summer fun that comes with this exciting month, even though in the back of your mind you know you have to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 soon. Don’t let it hang over your head like a dark cloud, go ahead and knock it out today by pre-filing, so you can focus on summer fun!

Pre-Filing Your Form 2290


The pre-filing process is fast and easy. Simply head on over to our sister company, ExpressTruckTax and follow their step-by-step guide to complete your Form 2290 in a matter of minutes. 

Once your form is complete your 2290 will be transmitted directly to the IRS once they start accepting forms for the current 2017 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season on July 1st.

When the season opens and your form is transmitted directly to the IRS you’ll receive a copy of your Schedule 1 via email, as soon as the IRS stamps it. You can also elect to receive your stamped Schedule 1 via text, fax, or postal mail, to send it to your carrier or whoever needs a copy.

As we mentioned above, the filing process is extremely easy. So easy that you don’t even need a computer to file. Download the ExpressTruckTax app to your smartphone or tablet to file at any time, even while you’re out on the road.

You begin by entering your basic business information such as your business name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number). A sole proprietor can use their name and home address, but you can’t use your SSN in place of your EIN. If you don’t have an EIN you can apply for one with the IRS online.

Then you’ll enter the following information for your qualifying vehicles such as their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and taxable gross weight. Be sure to include your suspended vehicles, meaning vehicles with less than 5,000 miles for the current tax season or 7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles.

The next step involves relaxing as ExpressTruckTax calculates the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe for you. Then you can pay the IRS through direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check or money order.  

Before transmitting your Form to the IRS ExpressTruckTax will present you with a summary of your information for your to check for mistakes. 

They’ll also perform a basic audit check on your form to catch for any basic errors. Once the process is complete your form will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and you’ll get your stamped Schedule 1 via email. 

There’s Another Way To Pre-File


Why go through the e-filing process yourself when you can have someone else take care of it for you over the phone? Give our sister company, TSNAmerica a call at 803.386.0320 so they can handle your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax for you. As a result, your form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st and as soon as the IRS stamps your Schedule 1 you'll receive your copy via email. 

Got Any Questions?


Taxes can be confusing but we’re here to help if you have any question regarding your 2290 please don’t hesitate to ask. Give us a call at TruckLogics Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6946. You can also reach us via live chat and we offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

TruckerTuesday - Summer Prep, Fun, and More

Welcome back to another TruckerTuesday where we've gathered tons of fun trucking news and entertainment from all across the web. It's getting hot out there so we are thinking about summer, and we bet you are too!

TruckerTuesday - What To Remember This Summer

Check Your Tires 

As the hot sun rises and starts to make the asphalt on the road sizzle, remember that the heat puts more wear and tear on your tires. Your tires wear out faster during the summer so keep an eye on their tread and be prepared to align them. If one tire wears out unevenly then extra pressure will be put on the other ones. Also, be sure to inspect your tires for cracks and bumps during your pre-trip inspection.

Have Fun, But Not Too much


Memorial Day just passed, so we hope you had time to relax and have some fun. Also, we thank all veterans for their service. However, summer fun can be taken a little too far sometimes. 

Bryan Brandt, a 40-year-old trucker from Reno, Nevada stole a rig from his previous employer and backed it into a brothel, causing major damage to the building. Luckily no one was hurt during this incident, and the entire event was caught on video. We support having summer fun by hanging at the lake, and grilling in the yard, but theft and destruction take things a little too far!

Use ProMiles To Save This Summer


As kids get out of school and more and more people hit the roads for vacations traffic increases and the price of fuel goes up. Don’t worry you can use ProMiles with your TruckLogics account to help. You can use ProMiles to either plan the fastest route possible for your trip or to plan the most gas efficient one. Do you want to save money or time?

Save on both. As you make your way through different states check ProMiles for the cheapest fuel around. You’ll be able to see a list of all the fuel stations nearby so you can get the cheapest price possible. You can also look for different routes in case you hit a sudden traffic jam.

Stay Cool This Summer


What do you do when the summer heat starts to set in? Find a place like Big Boy’s Truck Stop, in Kenly, NC, to park. Duke Energy of NC is planning to provide electrification services for truckers with IdleAir.

They will have 24 stations that truckers can use to avoid idling during overnight stays by plugging in. Drivers will live like kings with heating, cooling, electricity, and more!
 

Trucker Fitness

We appreciate this pin from Trucker Path because some truckers might not exactly have their summer body ready or care. Instead of looking good in that swimsuit they would rather be a master of driving. We’re down with drivers who can fit their trailer in the dock on their first try! It takes some patience and skill.

Also, we know what happens on vacation. Good food. Sometimes when you’re out enjoying a trip with your family diets get temporarily paused. Instead of gym fitness, you might fit an entire pizza in your mouth. It happens on vacation, just don’t ever do it and get back to your diet after your vacation ends.

That’ll Do It


Happy summer y’all. Thank you for tuning in for another TruckerTuesday with TruckLogics, your source of news and entertainment for truckers. Heck, we even find some great trucking memes for you! Be sure to check out next week’s TruckerTuesday for more!
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

How Does The IRS Stamp My Schedule 1?


Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is on its way. You know you have to file, just like with your IFTA return, there are steep penalties for not filing your return or paying your taxes in time. Unfortunately, some people hesitate to file their 2290, because they have questions and concerns. That’s why we’re here to answer all of your questions and to help you file on time. Today we’re discussing how the IRS stamps your digital Schedule 1.

How Does The IRS Stamp My Schedule 1?


When you e-file your Form 2290 online choose an IRS authorized e-file provider, like our sister company, ExpressTruckTax because they make the process fast and simple.

Once you’re done filling out your form, and you’ve paid the HVUT you owe, you'll transmit your Form 2290 directly to the IRS.

Then once the IRS receives your electronic Form 2290 they will add a watermark to the file that includes that date that your Form 2290 was accepted and approved. 

A watermark is a faint clear design that's layered over the file. It’s like when you try to save a picture from the internet but sometimes the logo is still on the image and it’s almost clear.

Then you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email and it will serve as your official proof of payment. 

It will be accepted by DMVS, DOT’s, and other federal authorities. If you wish, you can choose to receive your stamped Schedule 1 via text or fax.

If you lose your stamped Schedule 1, don’t worry. You can log into your free ExpressTruckTax account and access a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 at any time to view or email.

You don’t even need a computer. Download the free ExpressTruckTax app to access your stamped Schedule 1 right from your smartphone or tablet. Heck, you can even complete the entire e-filing process from your mobile device.

E-Filing With ExpressTruckTax

Because we work closely with ExpressTruckTax, our systems are actually integrated. So you can save time while completing your 2290 by importing your vehicle information from TruckLogics to ExpressTruckTax. As a result, instead of having to type in all the information for each of your vehicles you can simply add them to your Form 2290.

The entire e-filing process is actually quick and easy with ExpressTruckTax. Simply follow the step-by-step guide to complete your form in just a few minutes, and almost instantly receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

There’s Another Way To File….


However, if you just want to get your 2290 out of the way so you don’t have to think about it anymore then pre-file today. Call our other sister company TSNAmerica to pre-file your 2290 over the phone. It’s simple, pull out your phone, dial 803.386.0320, and say you’d like to pre-file. They’ll handle the rest and your Form 2290 will be sent to the IRS on July first. Best of all, you’ll get your Schedule 1 via email the moment that the IRS stamps it.

We're Here To Help 


If you have any questions about your Form 2290 or how to file please let us know! Here at TruckLogics we will be more than happy to answer your questions. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at 704.234.6946. We're also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com 
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

TruckerTuesday Your Traffic Update


Hey, trucking nation! It’s our favorite day of the week, TruckerTuesday, where we will give you the latest news, memes, and more just for truckers. This information is hot, both on and off the road. Check out what stories we’ve put together for you this week!

TruckerTuesday


Remembering Carolyn Moon and Celebrating Iowa 80 Truckstop


We're sad to say that all TruckerTuesday stories aren’t happy ones, as we remember Carolyn Moon, the co-owner and former chairmen of the board of Iowa 80 Truckstop. She passed away at age 81. Carolyn helped her husband, Bill Moon turn Iowa 80, into what it is today, the world’s largest truck stop.

What’s so great about the Iowa 80 truckstop? Well for starters, it has everything, including 900 parking spots for truckers, and a restaurant with 300 seats. There’s a TacoBell, Wendy’s, Dairy Queen, and more. Don’t miss out on the dentist, movie theater, 24-hour pet grooming, and more.

Memorial Day Travel


We hope you have the day off to relax, but if you don’t watch out. A record amount of traffic is predicted to occur this Memorial Day weekend. Over a million more travelers are expected to be on the roads than last year, so pack some patience and try to stay calm.

While all of this extra travel will be good for the economy with more consuming spending, if you have to drive this weekend you probably don’t want to be stuck in traffic. It only takes one little mistake from one driver in the sea of cars to cause a major traffic jam. Be prepared with backup routes and keep an eye out for drunk drivers who had too much fun celebrating.

High Winds Put Drivers At Risk


Tornado season has spun into action, bringing strong gusts of wind with it. Know when to stop and pull over because we’ve recently heard enough stories about high winds blowing trucks on their side, and over bridges.

If the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse know when to pull over. Driving through hail and heavy rain is already dangerous enough, you don’t want to add strong wind to the mix. We won’t tell you to 'grab your ankles and stick your butt in the air' like in the film Twister, but we will tell you to seek shelter!

Also, remember that it doesn’t have to be stormy for high winds to hit. Strong gusts can occur on sunny, normal seeming days, so pay attention to the weather forecasts for alerts at all times! 

They Will Eventually Learn, We Hope! 

When we saw this post by TruckerPath.com, we couldn’t help but laugh. We’ve had our own experiences with bad drivers on the road! However, with summer coming up high school kids will be free to drive around during the day.

That’s right, high school kids. They’re some of the worst drivers in the world. They’ll need all the help they can get, so you might need to put this sign on your own rig! 

Happy Trucking


That wraps up this TruckerTuesday, full of trucking news from all over the nation. We have recent updates, memes, and more, all for your entertainment. For more trucking related articles visit TruckLogics.com and please share your trucking updates in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Knock Out Your Form 2290 Today!

Hold the phone! You haven’t pre-filed your 2290 yet? What in the world?! It’s dangerous to wait until the last minute to file. What if you can’t get your EIN or can't correct a mistake by the August 31st deadline? Then you might find yourself to be in some trouble. Luckily for you, we know how you can file your Form 2290 before everyone else.

Pre-File With TSNAmerica


Alright, we know we said hold the phone, but you actually need to use your phone so TSNAmerica can go ahead and file your HVUT Form 2290 for you. TSNAmerica is our trusted sister company that’s the market leading phone file provider. You can trust that your information will be safe with them as they transmit your Form 2290 directly to the IRS.
  
The process is easy, start by picking up your phone and calling TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320. Then TSNAmerica will send you the necessary consent forms to allow them to file your 2290 for you over the phone via email.

You can relax once this process is complete because your 2290 will be safely and securely transmitted directly to the IRS on July 1st. However, if want your 2290 transmitted on a later date you can arrange for TSNAmerica to send your form to the IRS on any day of your choice.

Instead of waiting around to get your stamped Schedule 1 in the mail you’ll receive your copy via email as soon as the IRS stamps it! You’ll instantly have it available to show the DMV! This filing method is as quick and easy as making a simple phone call so you can get your HVUT out of the way and focus on the road!

E-File With ExpressTruckTax


If talking on the phone isn’t your thing, you can file online with ExpressTruckTax. ExpressTruckTax, another sister company of ours, and it's the IRS Authorized, market leading e-file provider because they’ve streamlined the e-filing process to make it incredibly quick and simple. They really do make truck taxes easy! By the way, the pre-filing season for expressTruckTax begins on June 1st.
  
TruckLogics is integrated with ExpressTruckTax so you won’t have to enter in your truck information. You can simply import from TruckLogics into ExpressTruckTax, or vice versa, saving you time and hassle.

All you have to do to get started is create your free ExpressTruckTax account and follow the step-by-step guide to import your vehicle information and fill out your Form 2290 in a matter of minutes.

You’ll be presented with a summary of your information so that you can make sure all of your information was entered correctly, and ExpressTruckTax will perform an audit check on your form to catch any basic errors.

Then you can pay the amount of HVUT you owe and send your Form 2290 directly to the IRS. You’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 back within minutes via email and can elect to receive it via text or fax as well.

Also, you don’t even need a computer to file. Download the free ExpressTruckTax app to complete your Form 2290 on your smartphone or tablet at any time, from any location. 

Got Any Questions?


Then please don’t hesitate to contact the amazing TruckLogics support team. We know taxes can be confusing, but luckily we’re here to help and will be more than happy to answer all of your questions. Call us Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at 704.234.6946 or reach us via live chat. We also offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mother's Day Gifts For Trucking Moms


Mother’s Day is coming up and we would like to give a shout out to all moms, everywhere! You ladies are great at what you do! However, did you know there is actually a large portion of female drivers and some are even moms too! So, while this post is dedicated to moms, it’s especially dedicated to moms on the road. It’s not too late to get your mom, wife, girlfriend, pet mom, etc a mother’s day gift, so check our list of Mother’s Day gifts for trucking moms.

Trucking Mother’s Day Gifts


1. Show the Mom in your life you care with a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. This way she can talk to your hands-free while she’s out on the road. She also won’t be tied down with wires or have to deal with the hassle of untangling cords. Plus, the sound quality with Bluetooth headphones is amazing! Her favorite artists like Shania Twain will sound great with them.

2. Speaking of headphones, maybe your Mom needs something to listen to. It’s no secret that spending hours on the open road can get a little boring. Maybe you can get her an audiobook to listen to, or a subscription to an audio book service so she can listen to as many books as she wants. You could also find a podcast you think she might be interested in so you guys can listen to weekly episodes together and talk about them.

3. You know what goes with the open road? Coffee. Truckers and Moms love their coffee! Make it more convenient for your Mom to have coffee by getting a coffee pot for her rig. Instead of having to walk across the cold truck stop parking lot in the morning she will be able to brew her own cup instantly!

However, don’t let the coffee be served in any old plain mug! Get a special one for her based off of her interests. Get a mug for her favorite sports team or tv show, or even get one with your photo on it, so every time she pours a hot cup of joe she will see your smiling face.
  
4. Some of the most meaningful gifts have a personal touch. Don’t hesitate to go back to your roots to your 5-year-old self and make a card or special note by hand. Your creativity will come straight from the heart. You could even place the card in her truck for her to find later.

But why stop at just a card when you can decorate her entire rig? You can print out photos of yourself and kids to frame and hang out around her rig. You could also put some flowers around, like on the dashboard, or even use car safe markers to decorate the windows.

5. A lot of Moms on the road have pets, so don’t forget to include them. If the Mom you’re celebrating has a cat or a dog that accompanies them on trips maybe you could get them a bed or some toys. It wouldn’t hurt to include a gift card to a pet store too.

6. You want your wife or Mom to be comfortable on the road, so see if she needs anything to enhance her rig. A cushion or a massaging seat cover might be an awesome gift. You can also see if she needs a more comfortable pillow or maybe even an electric blanket so she can be cozier during overnight stops.

7. You can think outside the truck. Think about when she comes home. She will be tired from the exhausting life on the road! Do you think she wants to clean up and cook dinner? Probably not. Take some of the load off by cleaning the house and having an awesome meal for her to come home too. You could also have a movie planned to relax with and watch together or provide her with a spa day to let her relax with a massage or manicure. 

Happy Mother’s Day!


Every Mom, from drivers to dispatchers, and all over the world should be celebrated on their special day! Be sure to give your Mom or wife, or even Mom to your pets a special gift from the heart. She deserves it.

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and please share your gift ideas in the comment section below.
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Time's Up, The IFTA Deadline is Today


Today is the big day! The IFTA deadline day! We know it seems like you just did an IFTA report yesterday, and man, time flies. However, it’s not the time reminisce, because you have your quarterly IFTA filing to do, again, already! If IFTA snuck up on you and you’re out on the road don’t worry, relax and quickly calculate your IFTA totals with TruckLogics.

File Your IFTA Return To Avoid Fees and Penalties


If you think IFTA can wait until you get home, think again. It’s best to meet the deadline to avoid getting hit with penalties and fees. Failure to file by midnight will result in a penalty of $50 or 10% of the liability tax, depending on which is more. Meaning $50 in the minimum fee! Also, interest accrues on a monthly basis of .4167% per month that your tax remains unpaid.

Those are the gentle penalties. Some states will actually revoke your license if your return is late, and you can’t get a new license until you’ve filed your report and paid your tax due in full. Now, don’t panic, in most cases, your license won’t be revoked if you’re a first time offender.

Although, you could get pulled over, and if your IFTA credentials aren’t up to date you could be written a ticket, or you could have to get a trip permit, or maybe even both. All of these headaches and fees can be avoided by filing on time.

So, to complete your IFTA or International Fuel Tax Agreement report you need your total miles traveled per jurisdiction including non-taxable miles, gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction, taxes paid on each fuel purchase, and the current tax rate per jurisdiction.
  
Luckily with TruckLogics, you can easily track all of this information per vehicle. Plus, by being completely mobile you can update your IFTA 
records from any location. 

Every time you make a fuel purchase while on the road you can enter the purchase right then and there before leaving the gas station. You can also take a photo of your receipt to store in TruckLogics for later.

The Fuel report lets you see the fuel purchased for a certain period of time, like your first IFTA quarter for example. It clearly lists the date fuel was purchased for which truck in what state, along with the fuel type, and the amount of fuel purchased.

The Fuel Tax summary report takes things a step further by providing the miles ran, fuel purchased, and fuel tax due for a certain period of time. This report includes your member jurisdiction, fuel type, total miles, taxable miles, taxable gallons, tax paid gallons, net taxable gallons, tax rate, tax or credit, interest, and total due, to thoroughly cover your IFTA bases.

Your drivers can update their trip sheets as they go to keep detailed records of the miles traveled and fuel purchased per jurisdiction, which is a great way to keep up with odometer readings. Or you can use ProMiles to automatically update your trip sheets, odometer readings, and more. ProMiles even updates the number of miles traveled when drivers change routes.

When you’re ready to file after all of your information has been entered into TruckLogics click IFTA in the dashboard and click start return for the corresponding quarter. Then you can calculate your IFTA totals and download a report that you can print or email that includes your IFTA totals. Use these totals to complete your 1st Quarter IFTA report in a matter of minutes!

Give Us a Shout


If you need help please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team with any questions that you may have. We’re available over the phone at 704.234.6946 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM EST. We also can be reached via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Our Reports Make IFTA Easy


The first quarter IFTA deadline on May 1st is almost here. For a few of you guys that means it’s a good time to get your rear in gear to calculate all of the totals necessary to complete your return by the due date. However, if you’re using TruckLogics then you don’t have to rush. With the help of their innovative reports and IFTA features, you’ll have your IFTA totals generated in a matter of minutes.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the ultimate trucking management software specifically designed for fleet owners and owner operators to help them save time while managing their entire business, even while they’re out on the road. By being completely mobile drivers can access TruckLogics from their smartphones or tablets at any time to check in on their business. Plus, TruckLogics has innovative features for dispatching loads, accounting, invoicing, fuel efficiency, IFTA, and more.

How TruckLogics Makes IFTA Easy


IFTA or the International Fuel Tax Agreement is the agreement made between the 48 contiguous United States and the 10 provinces of Canada to simplify fuel use reporting and for the collection and distribution of fuel taxes.

If your vehicle(s) has a gross registered weight exceeding 26k pounds, or 3 or more axles, and travels between two or more jurisdictions (states) then you have to file a quarterly IFTA report, which requires the following information:

- Taxable and non-taxable miles traveled per jurisdiction
- Gallons of fuel purchased in and used in each jurisdiction.
- Taxes paid on each fuel purchases
- The current tax rate per jurisdiction.

You can use TruckLogics to quickly gather that information with a series of innovative reports and features. For example, the Fuel Tax Summary Report gives you all of the totals you need for your IFTA report from your base jurisdiction. You can run this report from any quarter to clearly see your fuel type, total miles, taxable miles, taxable gallons, tax paid gallons, net taxable gallons, tax rate, and total (due or credit).
 
The fuel report will also display your fuel purchases for the custom date range you choose. Then you’ll be able to see where fuel was purchased, the fuel type, and how much fuel was purchased for each of your vehicles.

Plus, ProMiles records all of the information you need to your trip sheet. ProMiles will keep track of the miles traveled and odometer readings per jurisdiction, so your trip sheets will display all of the information you need. Also, ProMiles automatically updates the miles traveled when you change routes, to more accurately keep track of your miles traveled.

Your trip sheets can be accessed in the Trip Document Library at any time to be downloaded or printed and easily referenced for your IFTA reports.

Any time you make a fuel purchase you can pull out your phone and enter the receipt for your records, or take a photo of it for later. You can also import all of your fuel purchasing data right from your FleetOne fuel card.

With TruckLogics you can quickly get your IFTA totals and generate an IFTA report that can be printed or emailed to your tax preparer, so the totals can be used to quickly complete your IFTA return.

Make IFTA As Easy As 1 2 3.


Don’t spend hours trying to add up your IFTA totals. You have better things to do than dig through hundreds of receipts. Take a load off and relax as TruckLogics makes it easy to calculate your IFTA totals, so you can complete your return almost instantly!

Get started today by signing up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics.
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

6 Fleet Management Mistakes To Avoid


Trucking is already a time-consuming job that comes with both stress and advantages. Now imagine being a fleet manager with multiple drivers to keep up with. That job comes with a lot more stress and tasks to handle, but it also has bigger rewards. As a fleet manager don’t get overwhelmed because you don’t want your fleet to go under. Instead, relax and check out common mistakes for fleet managers to avoid and drive your operation to new levels of success.

Common Fleet Manager Mistakes To Avoid


1. Don’t avoid truck or driver maintenance. Your vehicles need to be regularly maintained so that they will last longer and you can avoid the costs of major repairs or having to purchase a new vehicle. So, keep up with when the oil needs to be changed when the brakes need to be adjusted when filters need to be changed, and more.

Regular maintenance has to potential to save your drivers time and help get drop offs delivered on time because regularly maintained trucks are less likely to break down. You can use a program like TruckLogics to notify you when your trucks need regular maintenance.

Your drivers can break down just like your trucks. Check in on them to make sure they are doing alright. Also, be sure to keep up with their certifications and licenses, so you don’t miss an annual renewal date. Also, never forget about tax deadlines like IFTA and HVUT 2290.

2. Speaking of drivers, you can’t let things slide. While drivers are outstanding people with honesty, integrity, and a sense of pride for what they do, we can’t speak for everyone. Sometimes when employees get away with something they’ll try to take advantage of their manager to see what else they can get away with.
  
That’s why when a driver gets a speeding ticket, drives over 11 hours, doesn’t take breaks, skips a pre-check inspection, texts while driving, or more, you need to step in and take necessary action.

3. Don’t ignore the budget. Look to see where you can save costs. Plan trips in advance to make sure the right vehicles are going on the right trips. For example, use your truck with the best MPG for the longer routes and use ProMiles with TruckLogics to optimize the route for fuel efficiency.

Look at all your options before making a purchase. For example, see if a used truck or leasing a truck would be a cheaper option. Buy your office supplies in bulk or use a program like TruckLogics to run financial tracking reports like your Cost Per Mile, Profit For Mile, Profit and Loss, and more to see where money is coming in and going out.
 
4. You can’t get burnt out. Long hours are a part of the job sometimes, but you can’t stay late every day. Take some you time to relax. Maybe take a day off to play golf, and definitely make time for a vacation at least once a year.

When things are hectic and you can’t get away try taking an hour or two to indulge in your favorite TV show, see a movie, take a long walk to destress, or even meditate. Even a small amount of you time will make a big difference.

5. You can’t let your drivers get burnt out either. Be sure to give rewards and recognition when they are due. Celebrate a driver’s good idea and share it with the team. Give out rewards and prizes for good behavior. For example, you could give out a monthly prize for the most fuel efficient driver, or call a team meeting and mention what a great job your drivers have been doing on the road.

6. Last but not least, don’t get comfortable. There is always room for improvement. Instead of sitting back and letting things happen like they always do, study the system to see where things could be improved. Maybe you can change the way driver logs are handled, maybe you could suggest to stop doing a certain report that seems like a waste of time.

While change can be met with resistance, they can also improve the way the entire operation runs, so if new policies need to be adopted at least give them a chance. Businesses, especially in the trucking industry are living organisms that need to adapt to major changes in the industry to survive.

Make Your Fleet Great


You became a fleet manager for a reason, and that’s because you have the guts necessary to manage your fleet while also improving it. While it’s easy to make mistakes, it’s also easy to avoid them with a little planning, preparation, and attention to detail.

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and please share your tips about what mistakes to avoid as a fleet manager in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Are You Ready For These Tax Deadlines?


Spring is here, making it a little more interesting to drive with major rainstorms hitting the road. Some areas have been hit with severe storms and even tornados! However, intense weather isn’t the only scary thing that comes with spring, because it's also tax time! Make sure you’re up to date with the upcoming personal and truck tax deadlines.

Upcoming Tax Deadlines


Don’t let IFTA sneak up on you. I know, it feels like you just did your report, but that was actually a little while back on January 31st. Now it’s time to calculate your first quarter IFTA totals by May 1st. The deadline is usually on April 30th, but that day is on a Sunday, so the deadline has been pushed back to the following Monday. That means you have an entire weekend to file.

But, don’t worry, with the help of TruckLogics you will have your IFTA totals calculated in a matter of minutes and you can spend the rest of your weekend doing fun stuff. TruckLogics uses ProMiles to automatically record your miles traveled per jurisdiction so updating your trip sheet and calculating IFTA totals is a breeze.

Also, there are quick entry screens for you to quickly enter odometer readings and your fuel totals. Since TruckLogics is completely mobile you can update your totals from any location, at any time. However, if you have a Fleet One fuel card then you’re in even more luck because you can upload your transactions directly from the card.

All of your information will be saved for you to access and edit at any time and when you’re ready to file you can generate an IFTA report with all of your totals to email or print. The totals on these reports can be used to quickly and easily complete your IFTA return.

The HVUT Form 2290 deadline is a little farther off, with the deadline on August 31st. That means you have all summer to file, but it’s best to not wait until the last minute. If you have a new truck, or new to you truck then your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is due the last day of the month after your first used month. Meaning that if you first use your new truck in April then your Form 2290 is due by May 31st.

To quickly file your 2290 and receive your stamped Schedule 1 head to a 2290 e-file provider, like our sister company ExpressTruckTax. They will help you file your 2290 in order to instantly receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. ExpressTruckTax also offers free VIN corrections and notifications via text or fax.

Don’t forget about your personal taxes. The Individual Income Tax Return Deadline is only a few days away on April 18th! We understand that it’s a busy time, and you may even be out on the road as the deadline approaches, but don’t worry you can simple e-file an extension.

By heading to our sister company, ExpressExtension, you can e-file Personal Tax Extension Form 4868. IRS Form 4868 is the application for individual and joint taxpayers to receive an automatic extension of 6-months to file, moving the deadline back to October 16th.

All you have to do is follow ExpressExtension’s step-by-step guide to quickly complete your form and transmit it to the IRS by the April 18th deadline to gain 6 extra months to file your return.

By using the free 4868 app on any iOS or Android device you can e-file IRS Extension Form 4868 from any location, at any time, making it super easy to get an extension even if you’re on the road.

Contact Us, We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions about the upcoming deadlines, extensions, and more please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team Monday-Friday 9 AM to 6 PM at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

How To Cope With Missing Home


Being a trucker gives you the freedom of the open road. For introverts the ability to have total privacy while blasting whatever music you want while trucking alone is addicting. However, trucking comes with a lot of alone time. As a result, some drivers end up feeling homesick and missing their families. Trucking is a huge career choice that you should enjoy, so use our tips to learn how to cope with missing home.

How To Fight Homesickness


First, before making a drastic career change and spending days or even weeks at a time away from your family on the road, talk to your spouse and see if they can handle it. If you miss your family, chances are that they really miss you too. Your relationship with your spouse has to be strong enough to handle the distance.

Next, make your cab feel like home. Make it feel cozy and comfortable so that sleeping in it won’t be so bad. A nicer cab mattress really goes a long way, plus you’ll feel a lot better when you get enough sleep.

Place a few posters up of your favorite things, like your favorite movie or sports team. Be sure to bring a cool coffee pot or crockpot to cook meals and brew coffee,  because being able to do that stuff in your truck will make it more exciting.

Also, bring your favorite pillow or blanket that maybe even smells like home or your spouse to comfort you as you drift to sleep.

Don’t forget to bring photos of your wife, kids, and pets to keep in your cab and show off to other drivers. Just looking at the photos from time to time will really put you in a better mood. You can also ask your spouse to send you photo updates throughout the day.

There are fun apps like SnapChat that have interactive photo filters for you and your kids to play with. Using those filters always guarantees a laugh, and they can even be used on your pets.

Make the time to talk to your family and friends. They’ll enjoy the updates. Call them and ask them how their day is going. Just remember to be positive and don’t weigh them down with how much the traffic jam sucked or how much you don’t like your new job. Tell them a funny story about something you saw on the road, like a seagull in the backseat of a car!
 
By making them laugh your mood and their moods will all improve. You can also use a device with a webcam or Skype, Facetime, or video chat with your loved ones to see them smiling from ear to ear when they get to talk to you.

To spend time with your kids you can set up a gaming console in your rig and log on to play games with them at night. Playing with them is an interactive way to bond with them and pass the time.

Speaking of passing the time, get a hobby to take your mind off of missing home. Listen to a fun podcast, check out the newest movies and shows on Netflix, or pick up a book to see how much you secretly enjoy reading.

Being social can help you stop feeling lonely, so reach out on the CB for a quick chat with fellow truckers. When you park at a truck stop make small talk with other truckers. Trust us, some guys will love talking your ear off about all things trucking.

Part of feeling less homesick involves feeling good so take the measures to eat healthier for more energy, work out a little to relieve stress and anxiety, and to get enough sleep. Feeling relaxed, yet energized makes a huge difference.

Also, think positive. Keep your spirits up by going over the good things that happened to you today. Maybe even write it down in a notepad or in your phone. Keeping a positive outlook will help you overcome bad moods.

Remember that it gets easier. Over time you and your family and friends will learn how to have a healthy long distance relationship and your homesickness will fade.

You Can Do It


Trucking has major rewards by providing you with an independent career on the open road. There’s a reason why truckers are so proud of what they do and that’s because they love it. If you find yourself to be a little homesick, don’t worry the feeling will pass while connecting with your loved ones.

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and share your tips about how to cope with missing home in the comment section below.
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