Thursday, 7 December 2017

Can The TESLA Semi Save You Money?

What does TruckLogics say about the TESLA semi? It's electric!
Trucking is expensive. The bills for trucking companies include fuel, lodging expenses, office rent, software, hardware, insurance for vehicles and people, and much more. That’s why new ways to help trucking businesses save money come out every day.

Whether it's on how to save fuel to increase your rate per mile or how to cut costs in the office, saving every penny helps. Now with the release of the fully electric Telsa Semi, the industry is considering switching to fully battery-powered vehicles to save.

Will The Tesla Semi Save Your Trucking Business Money?


Now we know that when the word Tesla is used dollar signs appear because their luxury cars are quite pricey, however, their new class 8 tractor that's fully electric is not designed to be that way. It’s actually designed to be cost-effective and is projected to run 20% cheaper per mile than diesel trucks.

The base price for the Tesla Semi ranges from $150,000 to $180,000. That’s a bit more expensive than the average price of a new semi, which is between $80,000 to over $150,000. But the Tesla savings could make up for it in the long run.

For example, you don’t need to purchase fuel. Instead, you will simply charge the Tesla, which is supposed to be a fast and easy process. One 30 minute charge is supposed to give you 400 miles and it has a 500-mile range at a full charge. You can charge it while parked at a truck stop or while parked at a loading dock.

500 miles may seem short, but the Telsa Semi is designed for local trucking and the average distance for a day trip is 250 miles. Therefore, one charge should give you more than enough power to get where you need to and back.
 
TruckLogics explains how the Tesla Semi can save you money
Plus, the Telsa is designed like a bullet with an extremely aerodynamic design to save power. It’s powered by a battery that’s under the floor and propelled by four electric motors. It also has regenerative braking to recharge the battery a little every time you come to a stop.

The Tesla Semi is also incredibly smart and safe. You sit in the center of the cab, giving you more visibility. The autopilot features can provide automatic braking in the event of an emergency and also contact emergency personnel.

By having an independent motor over each wheel, the torch can automatically be adjusted to prevent jackknifing. Savings could be found in keeping the driver and vehicle safe. Also, there's no transmission to work on, engine, or brake pads that need changing, so the maintenance costs are lower. It’s even guaranteed for a million miles.

This truck also gets stuff done. Don’t let the word electric make you think the Tesla Semi can’t keep up because with a weight of 80,000 pounds it can accelerate to 60 mph in in about 20 seconds. It can also maintain a speed of 65 mph while climbing a 5% grade when diesel trucks can only maintain 45 mph. That means in mountainous terrain you will be earning 50% more per mile than in a diesel truck.

What Do You Think About The Tesla Semi?


It appears as if the Tesla Semi has a bit more of an upfront cost, but will provide major savings in the long run. However, they won’t be going into production until 2019. You can order one now to receive it in two years.

Do you think you will be switching to the fully automatic truck in 2019 or can nothing replace the muscle and smell of diesel in the morning that comes with the trucks we know and love today?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

4 Things You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate

TruckLogics shares ELD positives
The ELD mandate compliance deadline is December 18, and that will be here before you know it. There are 4 things you need to know about the EDL mandate no matter how you feel about it. The pending deadline gives you roughly two weeks to prepare your fleet. Although there is a minor chance that the mandate may get delayed, you should still be ready.

As the deadline ticks closer more and more protests are arising as the Anti-ELD Media Blitz gains steam online. However, with all the focus on ELD negatives, have you had the time to take a look at the potential benefits?

4 Things You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate

1. ELDs Reduce Paperwork

As your ELD device tracks and records your vehicle’s movement it reduces the amount of paperwork you have to handle. Instead of spending time doing your own paper log and sending it to your carrier, it will already be taken care of for you. They even record state line crossings for you.

Also, as a fleet owner if you handle your driver's paperwork you will be able to save tons of time. Because instead of manually processing this paperwork by hand it’s automatically processed and stored online for HOS compliance. This will free up a lot of hours and clerical work so you can focus on other aspects of your business.

2. ELDs Document Driver Safety

Unfortunately, in the event of a wreck, it can be easy for people to instantly blame the truck driver. However, with ELDs recording during critical events, like during a wreck, they actually can capture the driver’s driving behavior before, during, and after the event.

This will make it easier to declare fault in accidents by providing a way to reconstruct them. Also, this will help drivers and carriers reduce liability by giving them the ability to defend themselves in lawsuits.

3. ELDs Reduce Coercion

Sometimes a dispatcher or fleet manager will push a driver to keep on driving passed the HOS limit. This can create trouble for tired and exhausted drivers who simply need a break. While paper logs can easily be edited ELDs keep everything on record.

TruckLogics wants your thoughts on the ELD mandate
If a driving log is edited the edit will be saved in the history and will include who made the edit. Plus, if a log is edited by a manager then the driver will have to verify the change. They have the power to accept or reject the edit. Ultimately, this gives drivers a voice and any coercion into driving extra hours will be recorded and reflected in the manager’s records.

4. ELDs Improve Routing and Communication

ELDs provide live tracking and live updates on a driver’s location, making check calls much easier. Plus, dispatchers will be able to provide more accurate ETAs without having to contact and distract the driver. The GPS tracking will also help fleet managers view and plan the fastest routes to save fuel and time.

If the driver breaks down dispatchers will be able to see where they are to help them find a nearby shop and to direct a tow truck or emergency personnel to their location.

What’s Your Stance?


Are you going to join the truckers protesting ELDs with their peaceful rallies and numerous anti-ELD posts on social media? Or do you see the potential benefits with ELDs? Either way, make your trucks and drivers are prepared to comply with the mandate.

Please share your thoughts about ELDs in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics.com for more trucking blogs.
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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tire Maintenance Tips Every Pro Needs to Know

tips for extending the life of your tires
TruckLogics shares tips for extending the life of your tires 
Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, keep them tires rolling! As truckers, we know y’all want to keep moving. You have miles and miles to cover to deliver your loads on time. Here are the tire maintenance tips every pro needs to know because with poor tire maintenance, you could find yourself stuck on the side of the road.

Tires are expensive, so being able to take care of them to extend their life can save you in the long run. Also, be sure to keep an eye on them and know the warning signs so you can replace them before they fail on the road. Check out how to be a tire pro with these tire maintenance tips.

Tire Maintenance Tips Every Pro Needs to Know

You need to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Punctures or slow leaks that go unnoticed can cause a tire to fail on the road. Plus, under or over-inflated tires can affect how a tire performs and wears.

You should regularly check your tire pressure and go beyond using a wooden club to thumb each tire. Be sure to use a calibrated tire gauge at least once a week. You can find a master gauge and use it’s reading to make sure your calibrated gauge is adjusted correctly.

If you think this process will be a time-consuming pain in the rear, just think about the savings you’ll have long-term. By spending 20 to 30 minutes checking on your tires you’ll be able to detect issues and prevent them instead of wasting time and money trying to fix your tire issues later.

Generally, it’s best to have steer tires on a 12,000-pound front axle at 110 psi. Set drive and trailer tire pressure are often kept at 95 psi, which is above the legal load psi of 75.

The issue with overinflation is that it causes irregular wear at the center of the tire and can cause your tires to be more susceptible to blowouts. It can also cause your tires to become more easily punctured when you do little things like bump a curb.

Underinflation causes tires to quickly wear on the shoulders. It also weakens the sidewalls and puts more pressure on the carcass. This is dangerous as it can lead to structural damage, ruptures, torn tread, and more.


However, if you find yourself in hazardous winter road conditions it can be good decision to temporarily lower your air pressure. Doing so will increase the amount of traction you have by making your tire footprint larger. Just be sure to reinflate your tires as soon as you’re out of the emergency conditions.

TruckLogics shares the importance of tire rotation
Regular tire maintenance extends the life of your tires!
Don’t neglect your tire rotation. Tires wear in different spots depending on their vehicle position. Rear tires wear on the fronts while steer tires wear on the shoulders. Rotate your tires to help them wear evenly and last longer.

Also, even tires provide a smoother ride and prevent suspension damage. Along with tire rotation, you will want to check the alignment often and make sure your tires are best aligned with your operation. If your tires aren’t aligned and your truck pulls to the side your tires will wear faster.

When you’re washing your truck go ahead and clean your tires too. They pick up a lot of chemicals and debris that cause them to wear faster. Plus, your rig will look nicer without mud-caked tires.

Keep On Rollin’


By taking a little time to take care of your tires you will extend their life and get more bang for your buck. Don’t let tire neglect have you stuck on the side of the road or an emergency situation.

For more trucking blogs visit TruckLogics.com and please share your tire maintenance tips in the comment section below.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Winterize Your Fleet Before It's Too Late

TruckLogics shares fleet winterization tips
Brace your trucks and drivers, winter is coming. In fact, it’s already almost here. Some places have already seen a significant amount of snow this year and more is coming. The farmer’s almanac is predicting extra cold and snowy conditions.

Before your drivers and loads get stranded or find themselves in an emergency situation make sure they are educated and prepared for winter. You will save more money and be thankful that you did in the long run.

Winterizing Your Fleet


Make sure that each of your rigs is outfitted with the proper emergency tools that your driver may need. It’s always good to have water and imperishable food available in case a driver gets stuck.

Also, advise your drivers to pack extra clothes that will stand up to harsh winter conditions. This includes hats, gloves, an extra jacket, and extra blankets. A good pair of boots is another great item to have. It’s best if all of the gear is waterproof, to help you stay warm and dry.

Other emergency items that are good to have include a flashlight, extra batteries, flares, and extra phone battery, portable hand-crank radio, salt or sand, and matches.

Another good practice for your drivers is to keep their gas tanks filled at least half-way. You never want to run out during a winter storm. Also, keep in mind that water vapor can collect in the bottom of tanks and freeze during the winter when pulled into the engine's full line. Add some fuel-line antifreeze to your tank to prevent this problem.

Speaking of fluids like fuel, it’s also important to check the oil and fluid levels in each of your trucks. If you have different types of trucks refer to each of their manuals for their recommended oil viscosity in the event of freezing temperatures.

Make sure all of the fluids are topped off including the power steering, battery fluids, engine coolants, and more. The winter is also a great time to change all of your filters to prevent moisture from building up and freezing.

You will also want to go under the hood of each vehicle to check on the important things like your battery. It needs extra juice to start in the winter, so replace it if it’s old and make sure it’s free of corrosion. Along with the battery, make sure the spark plugs are clean and your belts aren’t cracking.

TruckLogics shares trucker winter safety tips
We know tires are expensive but they are also incredibly important. If your rigs have worn out tires consider replacing them with winter tires so they will have the traction they need to face winter conditions. Also, your drivers should make sure they’re properly inflated and make sure all the vehicle lights are working before they hit the road.

The defrosters in each truck should be working and your drivers should completely defrost the vehicle and remove all the ice or snow from on top of and around the vehicle at each stop. Also, make sure the window wipers can handle ice or snow or be sure to replace them.

Talk to your drivers about driving in winter conditions. Make sure they slow down, don’t brake too hard, or accelerate quickly. They will need to keep extra distance between themselves and other vehicles, remain calm, never use cruise control, and watch out for black ice.

They should never drive through a storm they don’t feel comfortable in and should pay attention to the weather. This way they will know when to reroute around a storm and when they need to park and wait it out.

Happy Winter


While the winter brings about many joyous holidays and a sense of wonder as you sip hot cocoa with your family, but it also brings huge storms and freezing temperatures! Make sure your fleet is prepared to face the season before you run out of time!

Visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs and please share your fleet winterization tips in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

What Truckers Are Thankful For

TruckLogics hopes OTR truckers enjoy turkey
Happy Thanksgiving to all of the hard-working professionals out there in the trucking industry. We can’t believe turkey day is here already and we have turkey, pie, and even more turkey on our minds.

We know that hard-working drivers are extremely busy out there and we thank you for your work. Without y’all delivering turkeys all across the nation we wouldn’t be able to sit down and enjoy this traditional meal with our families.

This would be a good time to go into the history of Thanksgiving, but we won’t bore you with that. However, if you like the story of Squanto and his pilgrim friends coming together to feast then we’re sure there’s a movie about it on Netflix for you to watch. Instead, we have a list of what truckers are probably thankful for.

What Truckers Are Thankful For


  • When a Prius driver doesn’t feel the need to tailgate 
  • When a Prius driver actually learns how to pass on the left side. 
  • If none of the other drivers around you have ‘Swift’ on your vehicles. 
  • When the rookie driver backs up to park beside you and doesn’t hit your rig. 
  • A full night of rest, without a single person knocking on your door while parked at a truck stop. 
  • When truck stop showers have stalls instead of just one big community shower. 
  • The moment of victory when you eat tons of Taco Bell and McDonald’s and your stomach doesn’t take personal revenge on your body
  • The rare occasion when your dispatcher calls just to say hi
  • When the cop speeding up on you with its lights on drives on by to pull someone else over. 
  • When someone actually takes a moment to appreciate all of the hard work you do and actually thanks you

Happy Turkey Day


Thank you again from TruckLogics. No matter where you are this week we hope you get to head home soon to spend time with your family and go to town on a huge turkey dinner. You’ve earned it!

Please share what you’re thankful for in the comment section below.


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Turkey and Traffic, What To Expect This Thanksgiving

TruckLogics mentions Thanksgiving travel for truckers
Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is already here and Christmas is right around the corner. We hope you have time to celebrate with your families even though we know this is an extremely busy time of year for truckers.

As shopping increases so does the demand for supplies, so we thank you for doing what you can to deliver loads on time. If you will be on the road this week we know what you can expect turkey and traffic wise.

Turkey Day Food And Travel


The Travel…

Thanksgiving is one of the largest travel holidays of the year. People from all over drive hours and hours just to go back home for their momma’s cooking. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re good drivers. Oftentimes people drive tired and make mistakes resulting in huge Thanksgiving traffic jams.

Along with driving tired people will also be driving distracted. They will be holding their phones and using them to GPS directions. Also, they may be yelling at their kids in the back seat to calm down. Be sure to slow down a little and keep an eye out for these distracted drivers, who may also be driving with an escalated level of road rage.

There will be an estimated amount of 50.9 million Americans traveling at least an hour to their destinations this holiday and 89.3% of those travelers will be driving. Thanksgiving is historically the busiest holiday for road trips, but this year records are expected to be set.

Usually, the busiest day of travel is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as people get off work and head to the streets, but congestion can pick up as early as Monday afternoon. Keep in mind that the evenings are the busiest time, so travel in the morning if you can.

TruckLogics shares where OTR Truckers can get turkey
There should be less traffic on Thursday, but it will pick back up again for black Friday shopping and over the weekend as folks go home. Also, fuel prices are also expected to be at their highest rate since 2014, so if you see a cheap place to fill up go ahead and do it!

The Turkey...

Now that we have discussed the travel you can expect, what about turkey OTR? There are actually a number of great places for truckers to stop and eat a delicious turkey meal.

Some of my favorite places include Cracker Barrell, which will make you feel nice and at home and Denny’s because their special Thanksgiving meal doesn’t disappoint. Plus, a lot of Flying J’s have Denny’s!

There are also a few places where you can actually get a free turkey meal. The Boise Stage Shop in Boise, Idaho is offering a free turkey dinner with trimmings and the Cowboy Cafe in Lyman, Wyoming is also giving out free turkey dinners, complete with sides and even a slice of pie. All you have to do is show your CDL to redeem your meal.

Happy Thanksgiving Truckers


We are thankful for all that you do to deliver essential goods all across the nation. We sincerely hope so have time to celebrate with your families. Be sure to travel early to avoid traffic and take a break to enjoy a turkey lunch or dinner.

If you have any Thanksgiving travel tips please share them in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs. 
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Best Ways To Bring Trucking Music To Your Ears

TruckLogics shares modern ways for truckers to listen to music
The open road can be a lonely place. You might drive for hours without seeing or talking to another person. Some drivers can’t get enough of the solitude, while it can take a serious toll on others.

However, the road doesn’t have to be lonely place, because you have your radio in your cab. Flip it on and turn the volume up to listen and sing along to your favorite songs. It’s the perfect way to stop loneliness and homesickness in its tracks!

You need to find the right jams for your rides, but they don’t necessarily have to be classic, truckin’ country songs. Check out the modern ways to fill your cab with tons of music.

Update Your Radio


It can be quite the hassle to scan through random radio stations to finally find one that you like. Then all of the sudden it may cut to a lengthy commercial break. Also, after you’ve traveled a while it will turn to static and you will have to find a radio station you like all over again.

However, all of this issues can be avoided by subscribing to Sirius XM radio. Now this will give you access to thousands of satellite radio stations that you can listen to at any time. You can find your favorite sports talk station, country station, rap station, and more. There is literally something for everyone.

Ditch The Radio


These days you don’t even need a radio to get the best music you can get a streaming app like Pandora to instantly play the songs that you want. Plus, you can use them to create personal stations to play songs like the ones you like.

For example, if you like Toby Keith you can create a Toby Keith station and listen to music like his all day long. If you like a song you can give them a thumbs up and it will play more frequently.

If you don’t like a song, don’t worry, you don’t have to listen to it ever again. Just give it a thumbs down and it won’t come on your radio station again.
 
TruckLogics suggests finding an interesting trucking podcast
You might be one of those truckers who knows what they like and doesn't want to hear anything else. That’s fine, all you need to do is get an iPod or MP3 player and build your own personal playlist.

Try A Podcast Or Audiobook


Podcasts are starting to really take off. They’re like radio shows with more personality and fewer commercials. Plus, you can find podcast shows about murder mysteries, sports, politics, and more! There are even trucking podcasts like Big Rig Banter, Trucker Dump, and more. Use a podcast app or iTunes to find some interesting shows.

As a driver, you probably don’t have a lot of time to read, but with an audiobook, you can have someone else do the work for you. Simply buy the book you want or use an audiobook app to stream interesting novels. Audiobooks provide hours of entertaining and educational content.

Enjoy Your Ride


You don’t have to ride in silence. Fight the solitude of the open road by literally bringing music or podcasts to your ears. There's nothing like a favorite song or interesting story to stop loneliness and homesickness.

Please mention your favorite thing to listen to in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Improve Communication With Your Dispatcher

TruckLogics supports Truckers and Dispatchers working well together
Sometimes truckers and dispatchers don’t have the best relationship. There’s nowhere to point the blame because it only takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch. While not all dispatchers or all truckers are to blame, sometimes there are a few people who are pretty unqualified in the industry.

However, every time you run into a problem you can’t just assume it’s your dispatcher’s fault and chalk it up to them stinking. Be a professional and take the high road by learning how to effectively communicate with your dispatcher to make your job easier.

How To Communicate With Your Dispatcher


Keep in mind that your dispatcher is extremely busy. On average, they may have 10 or more drivers to keep up with on a daily basis. That's a lot of freight tracking and planning to make sure that every load goes from it’s starting and ending location on time.

Therefore, if a dispatcher seems busy or short with you don’t take it personally. They need to be masters of multitasking to get everything done. You can make a good impression by treating them like a human and asking how they are doing and by making a little conversation when you speak with them.

While they may not always have time for small talk making a good impression will help them remember you and may result in your dispatcher working in your favor to give you the hours that you want.

Also, remember that it helps to speak the way you would like to be spoken to. That means be polite and avoid the use of profanity. Also, be direct and tell your dispatcher what you need and if you can accept a load.

Even though dispatchers are often considered to be the mystical heroes in the background of the trucking industry, they can’t read your mind. You have to let them know what you’re unhappy with, or if you’re under hours for the week. If you are, you should let them know with gentle, polite reminders.
 
Truck dispatching is easy with the help of TruckLogics
Be sure to talk to them about something that bothers you with a clear head, before it builds up to avoid exploding about it later.

Dispatchers can only work with the loads that are available and with the fluctuating market sometimes the available loads will be more profitable than others. Know that sometimes you will have some driver detention to deal with, but it’s not the end of the world. You can calmly ask for loads to make up for it.

It’s also important to be responsive and reliable. If a problem arises, like your truck breaks down, call your dispatcher immediately to let them know so they can work on resolving the issue of a possible late delivery with the client.

Only accept work that you know you can complete. Also, if you accept a load, be sure to follow through with delivering it on time to remain dependable in your dispatcher’s eyes. This is the best way to build trust with them.

If you two get into a scruff, it’s only human nature. Both dispatching and trucking are jobs that involve a high level of stress. However, you need to stay calm and don’t lose control of your mouth. If you escalate the situation with cursing and personal insults you won’t look good. If your dispatcher attacks you or uses profanity speak to their manager about it.

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work


Dispatchers and trucking go together like peanut butter and jelly. You need both to get the job done. Even though sometimes the relationship can feel like peanut butter and ranch, do your best to maintain a professional relationship to make your job easier.

If you have any tips for communicating well with your dispatcher please add them to the comment section below. Also, visit TruckLogics.com for more trucking blogs.
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Thursday, 9 November 2017

How To Be An Incredible Dispatcher

dispatcher dispatches semi trucksDispatchers can be unrecognized heroes in the trucking industry as they get trucks from point a to point b and make sure they stay on schedule. If you’re joining a new fleet as a dispatcher or if you’re looking to hire a dispatcher for your fleet be aware that a good dispatcher can make or break a trucking business.

Everyone in the trucking industry has heard a bad dispatcher story or has their own experience to share. Don’t become another part of trucking lore. Instead, check out our tips on how to up your dispatching game.

How To Be An Incredible Dispatcher


Have Good Communication Skills

Truckers already deal with enough people who make them feel like another number when they deserve respect. Talk to your drivers politely and take interest in what they are saying. Avoid the use of profanity and don’t try to cut calls short or rush your drivers off the phone.

We know that dispatchers lead a busy lifestyle, so it’s perfectly fine to be direct with drivers some days, but remember that you will be talking to them on a daily basis and everything will go much smoother with a positive attitude.

Even though you will be receiving tons of calls on a daily basis, you can't use that as an excuse to ignore your quiet drivers. Call and check in with everyone.

Keep Calm And Prioritize

Grab a cup of coffee and relax. You know as a dispatcher that you have a lot on your plate and stressing out about it won’t help you accomplish anything. Make a list of what you need to get done, then prepare for your list to get a little unorganized as you begin to multitask during the day.

You will always have a lot going on at once, so it’s important to be able to have the ability to quickly decide which task is the most important.

Do you need to reroute a driver or contact a client to let them know their delivery will be late first? Do you need to call your driver back to answer questions about a terminal or check on a driver you haven't heard from yet today? These are only a few examples of the daily chaos you might face.

Don’t Get Mad

disptacher texts driverYou are the middleman between your driver and the customer. That means that you usually get the earfuls of their complaints. If the driver is going to be late you may have a very frustrated client to deal with. Also, if the client needs your driver to delay their delivery by a few hours you may have an angry driver to deal with.

Take a few deep breaths and keep your composure. If you let your anger get the best of you the situation could escalate or you could lose a client. Also, if your driver gets angry they could take it out in the form of road rage, which is extremely dangerous.

Be Prepared To Plan

As a dispatcher, a lot more goes into your routes then simply getting a driver from a starting and ending location. You need to figure out how to cut costs, be efficient, and most importantly, keep your drivers safe.

Try to plan the most direct routes with safe passage for truckers. Also, don’t push a driver past their limits. If they need to stop because they are tired or sick, let them.

To cut costs you can try to combine shipments, find routes with the cheapest fuel prices, try to negotiate rates with shippers, and more.

Become A Dispatching Legend


Dispatching trucks can be a job that deals with a high level of stress on a daily basis, but as the backbone of trucking, we need you! With a little planning and the ability to keep calm and prioritize you’ll lead your drivers to greatness.
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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Simplify Dispatching For Your Trucking Business

TruckLogics makes dispatch for drivers easy
Dispatchers are often described as the backbone of the trucking industry because they take on quite a few frustrating tasks from making sure drivers pick up their cargo on time, stick to their routes, and make their deliveries on time. We all know that traffic jams, construction, driver emergencies and more can randomly strike to cause a dispatcher emergency!

That’s why TruckLogics, the market-leading trucking management program is here to help by making dispatching easier, for both the dispatcher and drivers. Check out how their innovative features simplify dispatching.

How TruckLogics Simplifies Dispatching


You can instantly create a dispatch online with TruckLogics that contains all of the details you need for your records and all of the information that your drivers need. For example, you can include the shipper and consignee details.

Plus, you can include custom pick-up and drop off locations, as well as any special instructions for the driver. Also, you can include contact information for the pickup and drop-off location in case your driver needs to contact the location with any questions that they may have.

You can also assign drivers and equipment to your dispatches online. This way you will be able to make sure the right truck will be used for the right load, and keeping up with maintenance schedule will be a breeze. TruckLogics dispatching also gives you the ability to assign up to two drivers per dispatch for team driving.

While creating your dispatch you can also find accurate address-to-address routes for trucks by utilizing Google Maps. You will be able to accurately estimate how long the trip will take based on the route.
 
Check on your dispatches with the TruckLogics app
ProMiles can also be used to get major savings on fuel by showing you the cheapest fuel prices along your trip. The miles from ProMiles will also automatically update your trip sheets and will be saved for your quarterly IFTA report.

Another way TruckLogics makes dispatching simple is by making check calls easy! Forget about receiving a million phone calls a day, because with the TruckLogics app drivers can instantly send out check calls.

Notifying clients of progress and location is as easy as sending a text, so drivers can make their update and get on the road. Also, with the TruckLogics app, you can quickly capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to make your daily check-in fast and easy.

Also, with TruckLogics you don’t have to worry about calculating any load charges or fees yourself because everything is calculated in your dispatch for you. Hauling fees, fuel surcharges, accessorial fees, and more will all be automatically factored in. You can also send professional invoices to your clients in just a few clicks.

You can access and edit your dispatches online at any time. Simply log in to your account and click the dispatch tab to see your unassigned dispatches, assigned dispatches, active dispatches, delivered dispatches, and canceled dispatches. This way you will always be on top of your records.

Try TruckLogics Now


Why wait? Instantly see how TruckLogics can simplify dispatching and more by signing up for your free 15-day TruckLogics trial! You will be able to instantly create dispatches, send invoices, make driver settlements, and more. You may even wonder how you ever managed your trucking business without it.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Fuel Efficiency Secrets To Increase Your Profit Per Mile

Become more fuel efficient with TruckLogics
It almost seems ironic that fuel is the number one trucking expense, but once you think about it, it’s a no-brainer. You need fuel to haul goods all across the country and fuel is incredibly expensive. However, you need stay ahead of high fuel rates to run a profitable trucking business and increase your rate per mile.

That’s why TruckLogics is here to help by providing you with the best tips and tricks to become more fuel efficient. By making only a few slight adjustments to your driving habits you will be amazed by how much you can save.

Fuel Efficiency Secrets 


Upgrade Your Technology

Are you still buying fuel with the same old debit or credit card? Then it might be time to upgrade to a fleet or fuel card for major savings. Fuel cards can save you between an average of $.05 to $.15 cents per gallon and sometimes more. Check out the ExpressTruckTax fuel card to see how much your fleet can save.

Have you checked out programs like ProMiles with TruckLogics? ProMiles will help you map out the shortest truck route to improve your fuel efficiency. You can also use it to plan the fastest route possible! ProMiles will also show you the places with the best fuel prices along your route a well.

Is your truck outfitted to reduce aerodynamic drag? Is the top of your cab sloped? Do you need to increase aerodynamics with roof fairings, side fairings, an air bumper damn, and more?

Drive Less Aggressively

If there is lead in your foot then get rid of it! You will save a ton by simply slowing down. By slowing down from 56 to 50 mph you could improve fuel efficiency by 22% percent. Don’t just worship the guys who get 10 mpg, become one!
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Avoid coming to abrupt stops and quickly accelerating. Take your time and avoid frequent stops by taking routes that go around rush hour traffic. However, you will want to take the interstate when you can to avoid traffic lights and stop signs.

You know what really grinds your gears? Well, you do! Master your clutch and try to change gears left often and even skip them when you can to save fuel. Ride in a higher gear to save fuel when you can and keep your RPMs down.

Maintain Your Truck


You love your truck, you need the truck, so take care of your truck. It will respond by providing you with better mpg. Check on your tires. If they have low pressure or a worn thread then they will hurt your fuel efficiency. Remember to rotate them regularly and replace them in a timely manner.

When you change your oil seize the opportunity to give your truck a little tune-up. Change the oil filter and check the air filter for dust and debris. Replace your hoses and make sure everything under the hood is properly lubricated. Trust us, a happy truck is a fuel efficient, well maintained one.

We Know You Can Get To 10 MPG!


Save on your number one expense by making a few changes to your daily habits. Take it easy, become a master of your gears, and remember to keep your truck well maintained. Before you know it you’ll be a fuel efficiency master, rolling in the savings.

For more fuel efficiency information check out what the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has to say. They work extremely hard to study the latest trends and technologies to educate the freight industry on fuel efficiency.

If you have any fuel efficiency tips please add them in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics for more trucking blogs.
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Your IFTA Deadline Cheat Sheet

Prepare for the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline with TruckLogics
You’re out of time! Your 3rd quarter IFTA return is officially due today, October 31st. Use your IFTA deadline cheat sheet to help yourself file by midnight in order to avoid facing major penalties.

Using your TruckLogic’s quarterly IFTA reports, so you can file with ease. Simply log into your account to enter your mileage and fuel records to generate your quarterly IFTA report. If you’ve been updating your totals all quarter long then your IFTA report is already prepared and you can use it to instantly complete your return. The entire process is incredibly easy, but to help you out, even more, we’ve provided a few helpful IFTA reminders.

Your IFTA Deadline Cheat Sheet


What Is IFTA?

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement. It’s used by the lower 48 United States and 10 Canadian Provinces to simplify fuel reporting for qualified motor vehicles that travel between two or more jurisdictions.

Your IFTA return must be completed on a quarterly basis with your base jurisdiction or the jurisdiction where your qualifying motor vehicle is registered. The taxes collected are equally redistributed to each jurisdiction.

IFTA Penalties 

Go ahead and file by the deadline because the IFTA penalties are no joke. For example, if you miss the deadline you will face a penalty of 10% for the taxes you owe or $50 depending on which amount is greater.

Plus, if you don’t pay the amount of fuel tax you owe by the deadline you will face a penalty of .4167% of the total taxes you owe. That amount will accrue on a monthly basis until you pay the amount you owe in full.

Your base jurisdiction also reserves the right to suspend or even revoke your IFTA license, which wouldn’t be good, because then you would get parked. However, don’t worry this generally isn’t the case for first-time offenders.

Required IFTA Information 
TruckLogics defines IFTA qualifying vehicle
In order to complete your return you need to include the:
- Total miles traveled per jurisdiction 
- Total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
- The tax paid on all fuel purchases
- And the current tax rate per jurisdiction.

Qualifying IFTA Motor Vehicle 

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it travels between at least two jurisdictions and is used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property and has:

- Two or more axles with a gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Two or more axles and a gross registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
- Three or more axles regardless of weight
- A combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.

Your Base Jurisdiction

Your base jurisdiction is where:

Your qualified motor vehicles are based for registration
Records of your qualified motor vehicles are maintained in the event of an audit
And where qualified motor vehicles traveling through the jurisdiction within the fleet acquire some mileage. 

We’re Here For You 


If you need any assistance with your IFTA report simply give the awesome, US-based TruckLogics support team a call. We’re available Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

We Interviewed Bad Truck Advice For His Trucking Secrets

TruckLogics provides comedy for truckers

Hey trucking nation. We hope you’re prepared to ward the spirits away, because Halloween is only a few days away. It might be hard to celebrate Halloween on the road because DOT agents won’t appreciate it if you drive with a mask on. Also, jumping out to scare people at your favorite truck stop may be frowned upon.

However, to give you a truly scary Halloween we interviewed BadTruckAdvice. Simply follow his tips and tricks for a scary day that you will never forget. All of the questions were answered by the Twitter legend himself, and his advice should probably be followed with a little caution.

Bad Trucker Advice


1. What should you do if you can’t see when backing up?

-Back up until you hit something, then pull up and try again.

2. When should you file your IFTA return?

-I leave that to my cousin, Trey. He's all kinds of smart. I just give him my shoebox of fuel receipts, he'll shake it, then tell me how much. I pay him cash and he takes care of the rest. He's so good at it, I don't even need one of them IFTA stickers on my truck!

3. How do you track your fuel and distance records for IFTA?

-Trey put one of them GPS thingies on my truck. Looks like an old solar calculator, but just sticks to my dash with some double sided tape.

4. What do you think of the ELD mandate?

-I love 'em! The fella at the Verizon store gave me a wizbang one that does the Netflix and the Hulu. I ain't understanding how them other drivers are all against them. I mean, I can watch "Dukes of Hazzard" while driving, now!

5. What's the best trucker diet on the road?

-It's hard to balance between things that get you the runs, the heartburn, or the cramps. But I prefer Slim Jim's, Doritos, Taco Bell, and plenty of McDonald's. Ain't nothing better than mixing BBQ and Sweet and Sour for your nuggets!

6. What do you do when you need to use the bathroom but there’s no truck stop parking?

-There are drains between the pumps that work in a pinch. Just be sure to stand on that catwalk behind the cab incase the driver moves his truck. Don't want y'all gettin' run over.

TruckLogics interviewed Bad Truck Advice
7. What do you do when you know your delivery is going to be late?

-I take out my dog's log book and use his driveline. I hate being late, I hate anything that is late. I mean, I done broke up with my high-school sweetheart cause she told me she was late. Didn't know what she was late for, but hate "late" so much it don't matter.

8. What's your advice for working with dispatchers?

-Never forget there's a "Driver Shortage", not a "Dispatcher Shortage". He can get replaced, you can't. Let him know who's in charge, keep him in line, and always threaten to park your truck in his office if he gives you guff.

9. What's the best way to protect yourself on the road?

-Find an ugly woman and have her ride with you. If she's ugly enough, ain't no one gonna bother you none.

10. What should rookies learn quickly after CDL school?

-There ain't no school, what're you talking about?

About Bad Truck Advice


-I'm old enough to know better and young enough to not care. Been driving since my feet touched the hammer. I've been up and down all the roads you can imagine hauling all the freight there is, ice roads, dirt roads, silk roads... My CB handle used to be "Marco Polo". Nowadays people just call me "BTA". Guess it means something cool, like. But I done found this "Twitter" thing and am enjoying sharing my hard learned lessons with them younger shifter jockeys. Hammer down, roll coal, just keep on truckin'!

Thanks BadTruckAdvice!


We hope you have a happy Halloween. You can follow this bad trucking advice for a terrifying day, or at least watch a scary movie in your rig. For more bad trucking advice follow @badtruckadvice on twitter.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

How Will An IFTA Waiver Affect My Return?

TruckLogics provides online IFTA reporting
Attention truckers, you have a week to complete your IFTA return by the 3rd quarter deadline on October 31st, which is next Tuesday. That means the clock is ticking and it’s time to get your rear in gear. We would say don’t let IFTA sneak up on you, but at this point, it may already have.

We know IFTA can be confusing and complicated, but we are here to make it easier by answering a few of the most popular IFTA questions. We’re even covering the hurricane disaster relief IFTA waiver information.

Frequently Asked IFTA Questions


1. Do I Have An IFTA Waiver?

Hurricane Harvey and Irma disaster relief depended on truckers to deliver crucial supplies. As a result, many compliance regulations were suspended for helping delivering loads to disaster affected areas, including IFTA waivers.

The IFTA waivers meant that truckers didn’t need their IFTA license or decals while traveling through certain states to deliver hurricane relief supplies. The states offering waivers include Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and more.

Each IFTA waiver is different depending on the state. Generally, the IFTA waiver is in effect for 30 days once it’s signed. Alabama's IFTA waiver was signed on August 31st so it ended on September 30th. Tennessee’s begin on September 12th and ended on October 12th.

The IFTA deadline for most states remains intact on October 31st. The best way to gain information about the waiver and the deadline in your jurisdiction is to call a local DMV office.

2. Do I need An IFTA License?

If you operate an IFTA vehicle in at least 2 IFTA jurisdictions then you need an IFTA license and two decals which will be issued by your base jurisdiction once you apply for them. Your base jurisdiction is your home state where your vehicle is registered.

Make sure you carry your IFTA license in your cab at all times and place your decals under your window on your driver’s side door.
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3. What is an IFTA Qualified Motor Vehicle? 

An IFTA qualified motor vehicle is a vehicle used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of people or property and has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more, has 3 axles regardless of weight, or a vehicle used in combination with a weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds.

4. What Is A Trip Permit?

A trip permit is issued by states you are not registered to travel in. They allow you to travel temporarily in that state without facing penalties. Each state has their own regulations regarding trip permits and you will need to get one from a local DMV office in the state you need to travel in.

5. What If I have Questions While Generating My IFTA Report With TruckLogics?

Well, the process of generating your quarterly IFTA report with TruckLogics is incredibly straightforward and easy, however, if you have any questions simply contact the dedicated, US-based TruckLogics support team.

We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6946. You can also reach us via live chat and take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Save Sanity and Time With the TruckLogics App

Easily Manage Dispatches with the TruckLogics App
Even though trucking gives you the independence of driving solo on the road it doesn’t free you from your phone. You may not have coworkers invading your personal space, but you do receive a lot of phone calls during the day, especially if you run your own trucking business.

You will have your dispatcher, clients, and drivers checking in with you all day. They will want to discuss their location, your location, load descriptions, rates, and more. If only there was a way to get off the phone to save sanity and time.

Oh wait, there is with the TruckLogics app! Check out what all it can do for you and your drivers!

Save Sanity and Time

The TruckLogics app is designed to be as mobile as you are with innovative features to help you save time and simplify managing your entire operation. All you have to do is download the app to your smartphone or tablet to get started.

This app might as well be named as your dispatch assistant because you can use it to easily manage them. After you’ve created a dispatch with just a few clicks you can assign your drivers to it and they will see details such as the pickup and drop off location, load details, any special instructions, and more.

Your drivers will also have the contact information for the pickup and drop off locations as well as the ability to make instantly check calls to keep your clients up to date on their location and progress. They won’t have to call you if they have any questions because they can simply check the app.

The TruckLogics App also has a multi-user access, meaning you can grant your team access to your account and allow them to help manage your business. They can assist with managing dispatches and more.

Connect with your drives with the TruckLogics App
The app also quite handy for storing your documents and tracking your trucking expenses. For example, every time you or your drivers purchase fuel simply use the app to snap a photo of the receipt and it will be uploaded directly to your account.

If you have documents such as a bill of laden simply use the app to take a photo of it, then you can email it to your recipients. This way you don’t have to be back at the office to send a document where it needs to go.

Forget about your logbook. Use the TruckLogics app to document your trips with details such as the date, place, and time frame. You can even log your hours with the electronic driver log feature and instantly create a driver graph by simply dragging your finger.

The TruckLogics app also allows your team to stay connected with a mobile chat feature. You can send messages to your team, share documents, send videos, and more at any time.

TruckLogics understands that you travel all over and some areas may not have service. That’s why the app works offline. You will be able to check in on your business at any time, from any location from the comfort of your own cab, regardless if you have good phone service or not.

We’re Here To Help

If you need any assistance with TruckLogics please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated, US-based support team. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6946. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at TruckLogics.com.

If you would like a full overview of the program schedule a product demo and we will walk you through it. Also, you can get started now with your free 15-day TruckLogics trial.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Trucker Terms

trucking terms

Our friends at Trucker Path shared a complete list of their favorite trucker terms! Now for rookies and pros alike sometimes it can be easy to get the jargon mixed up. The trucking community has one of the most unique communication styles out of any industry. 


Some days you may hear your fellow truckers use slang you’ve never heard of both in person and floating over the CB, so check out this list of terms you’ll want to remember. 

Trucker Terms

Being a trucker is not only a unique way of life, it also comes with a unique way of communicating that only those in the trucking industry probably can decipher and understand. 
10-4 – acknowledging something
10-6 – busy right now
10-8 – en route
20 – location
4-Wheeler – automobile
APU – authorized pick-up
Backhaul – retuning load to home location
Bear Trap – speed radar trap
Bill of Lading – document that details information regarding the goods being hauled by a carrier from a shipper
Chicken Coop – Weigh Station
Chicken Lights – Added lights on and around a truck
Chocks –blocks placed in front and behind wheels to prevent truck from rolling
Cosignee – person who receives the goods
Cosignor – person who ships the goods
County Mounty – – county sheriff
Deadhead – miles driven with no load
Dry Van –standard enclosed truck trailer
ETA – estimated time of arrival
Freightshaker – Freightliner truck
GCW (Gross Combined Weight) – combined weight of tractor/trailer and load
Gear Jammer –speeding driver
Hammer Down – drive faster
Hopper – truck that empties load through bottom that opens
HOS –hours of service
Intermodal – shipping container freight
Jack-Knife –when trailer is pushed to the side of the tractor
K-whopper – Kenworth truck
Kingpin – pin where the axle wheel pivots
LTL (Less Than Truckload) – load less than 10,000 lbs.
Motor Carrier – person or company that is responsible for transporting goods via a commercial motor vehicle
P&D Driver – pickup and delivery driver locally
Payload – weight of the load
Peddle Run – route with lots of deliveries
Pete – Peterbilt truck
RC (Rate Confirmation) – the rate shipper or broker agrees to pay carrier to haul a load
Reefer – refrigerated truck trailer
Shiny Side Up – top of truck; don’t crash or rollover
Sliding Fifth Wheel – fifth wheel that can be slid back to redistribute weight on the axels
Trucking Authority –FMCSA approval to haul loads
Willy Weaver – drunk driver

We thank our friends at Trucker Path for sharing this guest blog today. Hopefully, you learned a few new terms to use on the road. If you have any trucking terms to add please mention them in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics.com for more trucking blogs. 

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