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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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Avoid Repairs With Our Truck Maintenance Software


In life sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug and unfortunately, trucks break. You could be chugging down the highway making great time, when all of the sudden, something breaks. The best way to keep your trucks in top condition is by sticking to regular maintenance schedules, but sometimes remembering which vehicle needs service can get tricky, and maintenance gets a little neglected. This is where TruckLogics can help with automated maintenance reminders.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the complete fleet management solution that specifically designed for members of the trucking industry like owner operators and fleet owners. It has a ton of great features that help truckers save time while managing their entire business. A few of the features include invoicing, electronic driver logs, IFTA reporting, maintenance reminders, and more. 

Maintenance Reminders


TruckLogics provides a place for you to quickly upload every detail about all of your drivers and trucks. Details such as your vehicle's make, model, serial number, odometer reading, mpg, and more will all be stored in one convenient location. You’ll also have your driver’s contact information and any notes would like to add about them as well.

Adding a maintenance schedule for your vehicle is easy. Log in to your TruckLogics account, then hover the ‘TruckZone’ tab and click maintenance. Then click ‘Add Maintenance’ and select your truck by unit number and include the current odometer reading.

You can then add the type of maintenance your truck needs to receive from a list of our options or add your own maintenance task. Then simply enter how often you need the maintenance task to occur. For example, you can say that you would like to change the air filters on your truck every 5,000 miles. Complete adding your maintenance task by adding any vendor details, if you would like.

Your maintenance schedule is totally customizable to you and your fleet’s preferences. Maintenance schedules can be tracked by date, hours, or miles. Then you can relax knowing that TruckLogics will notify you when it’s time for your trucks to be maintenanced again.

You can set email reminders to be sent to you a day, 5 days, or 7 days before the scheduled maintenance time. You’ll also see a maintenance reminder when you log on to your account on your dashboard.

With the help of electronic driver logs that allow drivers to quickly update their trip information on their tablets or smartphones, TruckLogics can track the hours and miles of each vehicle and driver.

TruckLogics also uses ProMiles to track information such as odometer readings. The amount of fuel purchased, used, and miles per jurisdiction will be recorded to correctly update the odometer readings for your maintenance schedules. These totals also provide you all of the numbers you need to quickly and correctly calculate your IFTA totals.

ProMiles also helps you improve your fuel efficiency by being able to provide you with the most fuel-efficient route for your trips. However, you can use ProFiles to plan the most direct route as well. By providing you with the cheapest fuel rates in the area ProMiles will show you where the best place to fill up is.

Keep That Maintained Vehicle Truckin’


There’s one thing after another in the trucking industry. One day you could be turning your jeans into a sweet pair of cut offs because spring is coming, only to find out a major blizzard is about the slam the East coast.

You’re busy keeping up with your trucks, drivers, records, and more, so let TruckLogics handle your maintenance schedule. Sign up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics to instantly see how you can take advantage of their awesome features that will help you save time while managing your entire operation.
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

We're Heading To MATS!


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

Mid-America Trucking Show 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Hope To See You There


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

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

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

Truckers Need To Improve Accident Prevention



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

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

How To Avoid Major Wrecks


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on Safely Truckin’


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

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

Enhance Your Business With Fleet Management Software


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

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

TruckLogics


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

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

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

Truck Logic’s Innovative Features


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try TruckLogics Today


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

How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency


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

How To Be Super Fuel Efficient


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Trucking


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

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

Simplify Your Operations With Our Business Intelligence Reports


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

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

TruckLogics


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

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

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

Business Intelligence Reports


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give TruckLogics A Try


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

Truckers Are Happy Because Of TruckLogics


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

TruckLogics


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

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

How TruckLogics Makes Your Life Easier


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

For Example, with TruckLogics you can:

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

Try TruckLogics Today


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

Prevent and Relieve Back Pain On The Road


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

Preventing And Relieving Back Pain


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sit Pretty


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

For more trucking tips visit TruckLogics.com and be sure to share your tips about preventing and relieving back pain in the comment section below.
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Thursday, 2 February 2017

My IFTA Return Is Late What Do I Do?


Whoa, didn’t you realize that your 4th quarter IFTA report was due on January 31st?! You missed the deadline! Even though these IFTA deadlines happen on a quarterly basis, sometimes the deadlines can sneak up on you. So, what happens if your report is late?

Missing The IFTA Deadline


Don’t panic, or waste time freaking out. Simply get your information together with the help of TruckLogics and turn in your report. Turning in your report late is better than never. Also, having your report together a few days late is nothing to freak out about, you usually won’t get your IFTA license revoked if unless you don’t file a few times.

That doesn’t give you a free pass not to file this time around. Your IFTA license can still be revoked if you don’t file your report on time, depending on how strict your state or base jurisdiction is. It will still be noted on your record and at weigh stations when your decals are viewed and your information is looked up.

Also, you will be subject to fees and penalties, which are never fun. Whether or not you owe taxes this filing period you’ll either be charged a $50 late fee or 10% of the tax amount you owe, whichever is higher. If you don’t owe any taxes the fine will be $50. That’s a lot of movie tickets, meals, or heck, it’s maybe even equal to your cable bill.

The fines don’t stop there though! Your late tax penalty will continue to grow until you turn in your IFTA report and pay the taxes owed. Each month you’ll gain an interest rate of .4167% on the taxes you owe per jurisdiction. Those figures could really start to add up.

Along with not filing your IFTA report on time other reasons for losing your IFTA license include failure to comply with all provisions of the IFTA agreement and failure to fully pay off your taxes owed per jurisdiction.

As soon as you file your IFTA report, even if you file it late, you’ll receive proof of payment within minutes. Keep that proof of payment with you either in hard copy or electronic copy form to avoid any hassles with state troopers and the DMV.

Now just to refresh your memory IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement, and it’s in place for all of the 48 connected states in the US, all of the states in Mexico, and all of the Canadian provinces.

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it has 3 or more axles, regardless of weight, has two axles with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or if it’s used in combination with a total gross vehicle weight of over 26,00 pounds. Also, you qualify for IFTA if you regularly travel between two or more jurisdiction (states).

If you only need to travel in another state a few times a year you can get temporary IFTA permits. Each state has their own set of regulations

To file an IFTA report you will need:


- The total miles, both taxable and nontaxable traveled by your qualified motor vehicle(s) in all jurisdictions.
- The total taxable and nontaxable liters or gallons of fuel used by your qualifying vehicle(s) in all jurisdictions.
- The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
- The total of gallons consumed in each member jurisdiction
- The tax-paid on gallons or liters that are purchased in each jurisdiction
- The current tax rate for each member jurisdiction.

Calculate Your IFTA With TruckLogics


TruckLogics has all of the tools to help you keep up with your fuel, taxes, and miles per jurisdiction so you can quickly and easily calculate all the totals needed for your quarterly IFTA reports. Sign up for your free 15-day trial today to see how easy TruckLogics can make managing your entire trucking operation, especially when it comes to calculating your IFTA tax.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

4th Quarter IFTA Reports Are Due Today


We know that taxes can sneak up on you, this is why we’re reminding you that tax season is here! Ready or not it’s time to file, whether it’s your taxes or an extension form, it needs to be correctly filled out and turned in by the deadline to avoid getting hit with late fees and penalties.

Now which taxes are we talking about exactly? Well, today, January 31st, we’re referring to your 4th quarter IFTA report! 

About IFTA


IFTA or the International Fuel Tax Agreement that was created between the 48 contiguous states in the United States and the 10 provinces in Canada for the collection and distribution of fuel taxes. If your vehicle travels between two or more states, which are known as jurisdictions and has a gross weight that exceeds 26,000 lbs or has more than 3 axles then you need to provide an IFTA report for it on a quarterly basis.

Recreational vehicles are exempt for IFTA, but any commercial carriers that travel on the interstate and meet the vehicle size qualifications are required to register with IFTA.

So, when filing your quarterly IFTA fuel tax returns you need a few things per your base jurisdiction, or state, including:

- Total miles traveled per jurisdiction, including non-taxable miles. This means that you have to report the total amount of miles traveled per state.
- Gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction.
- The taxes paid on all fuel purchases.
- And the current tax rate for each state.

It’s important to make sure you file all of your IFTA reports on time to keep your license and permits up to date so you can continue operating your heavy vehicle in multiple states. Plus, if you don’t pay you’re subject to a $50 penalty or 10% of the net liability tax, depending on which total is higher. You don’t get off with just a fine though, because interest will build up at a rate of .4167% per every month that your IFTA tax remains unpaid.

IFTA With TruckLogics


Luckily you can use TruckLogics to easily keep track of everything you need to file your IFTA reports!

By using ProMiles with TruckLogics not only will you find the best routes for your trips, but your mileage per jurisdiction will be recorded. You’ll maintain the precise trip mileage for all of your trip sheets, and will no longer have to worry about odometer readings when you cross state lines, because it will all automatically be recorded for you.

If you make a detour or go a few extra miles to your favorite rest stop, don’t worry! You can easily update your route on your smartphone in a matter of seconds and your miles will automatically be updated.

When it comes to entering fuel you can easily upload all of your fuel expenses from your Fleet 1 fuel card. Don’t have a fuel card? No problem, you can quickly and easily update your fuel expenses under the accounts tab. Enter in your fuel totals with your smartphone, right when you finish pumping gas, or take a photo of the receipt with the TruckLogics app to organize your expenses and enter them in later.

From your trip sheets you can generate an IFTA report with all the totals you need on it, then you can email or print this report to use this total to quickly and easily complete your IFTA return.
We’re also proud to announce that we’ve integrated with our sister-program ExpressIFTA, so if you already have an ExpressIFTA account login to TruckLogics with the same username and password to instantly transfer over all of your business and vehicle information.

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The TruckLogics crew are experts on all things IFTA. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone, email, or live chat. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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