Tuesday, 30 May 2017

TruckerTuesday - Summer Prep, Fun, and More

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

TruckerTuesday - What To Remember This Summer

Check Your Tires 

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

Have Fun, But Not Too much

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

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

Use ProMiles To Save This Summer

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

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

Stay Cool This Summer

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

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

Trucker Fitness

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

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

That’ll Do It

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

How Does The IRS Stamp My Schedule 1?

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

How Does The IRS Stamp My Schedule 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-Filing With ExpressTruckTax

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

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

There’s Another Way To File….

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

We're Here To Help 

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

TruckerTuesday Your Traffic Update

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


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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