Thursday, 28 September 2017

Truckers, Enjoy National Coffee Day

Truck Drivers love National Coffee Day
National Coffee Day

Truckers, Enjoy National Coffee Day 

You know that you rely on many different forms of caffeine to stay alert, from coffees, teas, to neon-colored energy drinks, and more. However, coffee seems to take the lead as the most popular beverage to get your day started with, particularly for truck drivers. Something about its warm awakening embrace and bold soothing flavors get you prepared to handle everything.

Coffee is so great that it even has its own day! National Coffee Day is September 29th, and as an added bonus for truckers, many truck stops and other businesses across the Nation have special deals going on to celebrate coffee as well as appreciate drivers. Check out where you can find the best coffee deals! (We are not affiliated with any of these companies, we just want you to get the best deals!)

National Coffee Day Deals

Flying J

Head on over to the hook for a free small cup of coffee or any hot beverage including a cappuccino or tea. That’s right, Flying J isn’t discriminating against the tea lovers out there! All you have to do to get your free beverage is display their online coupon on your phone at the time of purchase. The coupon can be found here

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is taking this coffee event pretty seriously because they are extending it all weekend long. At anytime Friday the 29th - Sunday, October 1st, you can get a free cup of hot coffee in any size and a free small iced coffee, no coupon or purchase necessary.

Keurig
If you're a truck driver who prefers to brew your coffee in your own rig, you can still benefit from National Coffee Day all weekend long because Keurig is offering 15% off of most of their boxes of coffee pods, and 20% off of their recyclable pods. This deal lasts from the 29th through October 2nd so you have a lot of time to take advantage of the savings. Just use the discount code ‘GREENSAVINGS’ when you check out.

Love’s Travel Stops

At Love’s your coffee will help save a life because of all proceeds from 24 oz. hot beverages will result in a dollar donation to Children’s Network Hospitals to help sick and injured children. Also, all day long 24 oz. coffees and cappuccinos will be available for a dollar! Drivers in the My Loves Rewards program can also redeem a free drink refill on a coffee, and Love’s will still donate a dollar for you.

Coffee For Your Trucking Health

If you don’t like plain coffee or tea tomorrow may be a good day to at least try a cup for free because coffee and tea are both much healthier options compared to sugar-loaded sodas and chemical filled energy drinks. While tea is great, today we're focusing on the health benefits from black coffee for trucker health. 

TruckLogics will celebrate National Coffee Day
The health benefits of coffee include:
  • The caffeine in coffee can help your body burn fat as it boosts your metabolism. 
  • Coffee improves your performance as it stimulates your nervous system and breaks down your body fat for fuel, making you more energized and alert. 
  • Coffee is incredibly nutritious and contains Vitamin B, Potassium, Manganese, Niacin, and more. Coffee also includes multiple antioxidants. 
  • Coffee drinkers are linked to having a much lower risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Coffee makes people happy and greatly reduces rates of depression and the risk of suicide. 
At the end of the day when comparing coffee to soda, your waistline can rejoice by avoiding tons of unhealthy chemicals and tons of sugar. Plus, coffee is good for your body, brain, and energy levels. Try switching to coffee for a healthier way to stay alert and enjoy reaping the health benefits.

Happy National Coffee Day

Thank you for all your hard work out there on our Nation's highways. We hope you enjoy your free hot beverage. We will definitely be celebrating around here in South Carolina with a variety of coffee and teas to choose from!

Did we miss a good deal?! Comment below and tell us how you take your coffee! 
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Is Your Trucking Business Forgetting To File An Important Tax Form?

File Form 941 with IRS authorized ExpressTaxFilings
Taxes just seem to keep on coming all year long! You just filed your HVUT Form 2290 so you can relax knowing that’s out of the way. However, get too comfortable and let other tax deadlines slip your mind because more are on the way!

As a business owner, you have more taxes to file than the average person and you have an important deadline coming up that's almost less than a month away! You need to file Form 941 by the 3rd quarter deadline, which is on October 31st, but don’t worry you can easily file with ExpressTaxFilings.

What’s Form 941?


Form 941 is the Quarterly Federal Tax Return and the report that’s used to disclose employment taxes for those who own and operate a business with employees. This means any person or business that pays wages to an employee must file Form 941 on a quarterly basis, just like IFTA.

As a trucking business owner, you are responsible for withholding federal income tax, Medicare tax, and social security tax from your employee’s paychecks and you are responsible for sending that amount to the IRS. Form 941 is used to report the amount withheld from your employees during the quarter and to pay the employer’s portion of social security and MEdicare Tax to the IRS.
Quickly e-file form 941 with ExpressTaxFilings

How Do I File Form 941


Simply head to our IRS-authorized sister company, ExpresstaxFilings to quickly and easily knock out your Form 941 online! It’s easy, It’s easy, all you have to do is create your free account and follow the step-by-step e-filing guide to complete your form and transmit directly to the IRS! in a matter of minutes.

Also, we’re here to help. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated, US-based TruckLogics support team. We’re available on 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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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

How Trucking Businesses Efficiently Manage Independent Contractors

How Trucking Businesses Manage Independent Contractors
Within your fleet, you have a lot to keep up with. Drivers, bills, loads, and more. You can start to go a little mad trying to remember everything yourself. Don’t let deadlines and payments slip through the cracks or you might lose your independent contractors.

Instead use the incredibly simple way to manage your independent drivers all within a single program, with TruckLogics. TruckLogics is the complete business management solution that’s designed to help you save time with managing your entire operation online with innovative features for accounting, driver settlements, effortless dispatches, and more.

Managing Independent Contractors With TruckLogics 


When you set up your TruckLogics account you can grant multi-user access to your employees with different levels of permissions in their accounts so they can access different aspects of your business to either help complete work or access their records. This way your drivers can access their settlements at any time to know how much they were paid and when.

Driver Settlements

It’s also extremely quick and easy to create driver settlements. The pay will be automatically calculated based on your settings. You can choose to pay your drivers per mile, loaded mile, with a percentage of the revenue, or manually and the hauling charge will automatically be calculated.

Your fuel charges can be calculated based off of mileage, percentage of revenue, or from a flat fee, You can also add accessorial fees. To save time we have listed a few to choose from, but you can also create a custom fee.

You can also add reimbursements and deductions to the settlement at any time and we will automatically calculate the balance for you. If you need to advance your driver’s pay you can deduct the cost and add the reason for the deduction to keep clear and concise records. 

Invoices

Need to charge someone for your services? No problem. You can instantly create a professional invoice with TruckLogics. Based off of your settings the invoice will be auto-filled for you and the calculations will be automatically totaled to save you time.

You can also edit the load, rates, and add memos at any time. Your invoices can be downloaded and shared with your clients, printed, and sent via email, so you can easily get them to where they need to go.

You’re a busy person, you shouldn’t have to worry about remembering each of your invoices, that’s why TruckLogics provides reminders when your invoices are approaching their due date, are due, and past due.

Effortless Dispatching

Assigning loads to your employees can be done with just a few clicks with the ability to instantly create dispatches online. You can assign drivers to dispatchers that include the pickup and drop off location as well as any special pickup instructions and contact information for the pickup and drop off points so the drivers have everything they need.

Plus, with TruckLogics check calls have never been easier. You can instantly update your clients on your progress and location, and you can capture and send your BOL and proof of delivery to simplify your daily check-in.

Try TruckLogics Now


What are you waiting for? Sign up for your FREE 15-day trial with TruckLogics today to see this innovative trucking business management program can help you save time and simplify running your entire operation, especially when it comes to independent contractors.

Join Us For Our Webinar 


Learn how to save money and time while efficiently manageme your trucking business by using TruckLogics to it's full potential. Join our "Stop Wasting Money, Start Efficiently Managing Your Trucking Business Today" today, September 26, at 3 PM.





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Thursday, 21 September 2017

How To Properly Use Load Boards

Need to find a loads fast to keep your trucks moving? Well, Then you could always use a load board. There are hundreds of them all over the internet that post loads for you to book. It sounds easy enough, right? You find the load, you book the load, you pick up and deliver the load! Then you get paid.

Well actually, load boards can be a little tricky and like everything else in the trucking industry you should research your options before just diving in. Luckily we have your back with advice on how to efficiently utilize load boards to get the best bang for your work.

Get A Load Of This


You can’t marry the first load board you find. You could, but who knows what other loads you might be missing out on? Research different load boards to find a few different ones to use on a regular basis. Keep in mind that some have a monthly subscription so you will have to add the charge into your monthly budget. If the fee is over $30 then move on, you can do better.

When shopping around look at the load boards with the most loads and the best rates in the lanes your serve. It can be easy to settle for low rates in the lanes you don’t serve if you get tired of looking, but stay focused and take your time. Also, always have more than one load board.

Don’t go in blind. Before calling a load know your break-even point and your lowest possible rate per mile, that will at least let you break even on the load, even though, of course, you want to make a profit. Also, if a shipper or broker has no credit or low credit avoid them.

Be aware that with load boards you will be working with strangers, so you will have to feel comfortable contacting a lot of different people. When you call them, be firm and ready to negotiate, but don’t get frustrated when they try to hit you with lower rates. Loads have a lot of competition for them. Remember that you can always walk away from a load if it doesn’t suit your needs. Hold out for the right one for your business.

If you’re tight on funds see if the broker can give you an advance, and if they can’t you can always consider factoring your freight bills to get by until your next load. Factoring is a great way to get started as an owner-operator until you have enough cash flow to support your business.

Calculate the distance of your load in order to keep your deadhead miles to a minimum. Is your return trip too expensive? Maybe there is another load close by to deliver close to home base. This is where referring to multiple load boards can help you, just remember to never overbook your business.

As you work with brokers and shippers your reputation will start to build. People in the transportation industry will talk, and you can’t control what they say but you can have a hand in if the conversation is good or bad by being professional and reliable. Once you have a positive reputation shippers and brokers will choose you over other truckers and may even come to you with loads.

So how do you do that? Deliver loads on time, and follow through with the work you agree to. Have good communication skills and call a shipper as soon as you know about a potential problem so they can help solve it. Maintain your appearance and shower often. It also doesn’t hurt to wear jeans and a polo or button-down shirt instead of a t-shirt with gym shorts and slides. Also, be polite and carry yourself confidently without the use of profanity.

Get Those Loads


Load Boards are becoming increasingly popular as a way for owner-operators and fleets to find business. They can really help you get your business off the ground and find business fast as long as you take the time to find the right load for your needs. Just research your options and know your financial requirements before picking one and running with it.

If we left anything out about load boards please fill in the blanks in the comment section below, and on another note:

STOP WASTING MONEY, START EFFICIENTLY MANAGING YOUR TRUCKING BUSINESS TODAY


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sleep Apnea, The Silent Killer For Truckers

Driving tired kills truckers
As a trucker are you getting enough sleep? Is your rig outfitted with blackout curtains and a comfortable mattress so you can get the rest you need? You may be thinking that you do get about 8 hours of sleep of night, but still, wake up feeling tired and groggy.

That’s because if you’re affected by sleep apnea then you may not even know you have it. Unless you record yourself sleeping or someone tells you that you snore extremely loudly this condition could go completely missed.

You might wake up coughing, irritated, with headaches, and worst of off exhausted. This is a problem because sleep apnea is filling our nation’s highways with danger because driving tired is the equivalent of driving drunk. So, please help truckers spread awareness about his condition by taking a moment to learn about sleep apnea today.

The Dangers Of Sleep Apnea In Truckers


First of all, driving tired is dangerous because it can slow down your reaction time, impair your judgment, and affect your vision. It can also make it more difficult to process information and decrease your short-term memory. When you drive tired your performance is greatly decreased while mood swings and aggression can be increased, leading to higher rates of road rage. However, at the end of the day driving tired simply leads to more wrecks and fatalities.

You may think you aren’t at risk for sleep apnea because it’s more common among larger truckers, but the unhealthy lifestyle can make you gain weight without noticing and lead to conditions like sleep apnea. It can also affect smaller people for reasons such as an airway obstruction or due to having constricted airways.
 
Driving tired kills truckers
If you have sleep apnea it’s important to get screened because it can lead to even more dangerous conditions aside from driving tired. Conditions that sleep apnea can lead to include heart disease and an increased risk of a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, acid reflux, asthma, and more.

Now a few of these conditions like high blood pressure, weight gain, and heart disease can be caused by the sedentary trucker lifestyle already and made worse by sleep apnea, so getting tested for the condition the sooner the better so you can get your life back.

Those who have been screened and started their treatments rejoice in the fact that not only do they have their lives back, but their quality of life is greatly improved. Treatments may include working out and living a healthier lifestyle, surgery, and getting a CPAP machine.

If you aren’t sure that you need to be tested check out Aeroflow’s sleep apnea screening questionnaire. All you have to do is honestly answer the questions and submit the form and they will assess your sleep apnea risk for you, for free. Then you can take further actions based on the results.

Catch Sleep Apnea, Save Lives


If you feel constantly exhausted then maybe it’s time to see your risk for sleep apnea. Trucking is currently the most dangerous profession, so we need to eliminate driving tired to make our roads safer and to get more truckers home with their lives.

If you have anything to add about sleep apnea please share it with us in the comment section below and for more trucking blogs please visit TruckLogics.com.
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Maximize Profits By Running Your Trucking Business Online

Increase Trucking Business Profits
In the trucking industry, it’s always good to figure out where you can cut costs, as it’s a difficult industry to break into. Saving a little here and there can help your business stay afloat until it really gets established.

One way to maximize profits involves reducing paperwork and the need for an office administrative representative to handle paperwork for you by managing your business online. This is where TruckLogics, the complete trucking business management solution can help because it makes your business just as mobile as you are.

With TruckLogics you can eliminate time-consuming paperwork and save time while managing your entire operation right at your fingertips with innovative features for accounting, online dispatching, IFTA reporting, and more.

Managing Your Trucking Business Online


First of all, it’s important to mention that TruckLogics provides multi-user login access, so you can grant different levels of access to your employees to improve productivity and streamline business management. You can allow your staff to access dispatches, the TruckZones, loads, IFTA reports, and more.

Driver Logs

With the TruckLogics app, you can also eliminate tons of paperwork and the need for your drivers to carry logbooks in their rig with electronic driver logs. This makes it incredibly easy to comply with DOT without having to spend hours going through paper logs.

Drivers can simply update their hours of service with just a few clicks on their smartphone or tablet. Plus, with the use of auto location creating a driver log graph is incredibly easy! Also, the driver logs can be instantly printed or emailed to go wherever they need to.

Invoice, Billing, and Expenses

Where do you currently track all of your business expenses? Do you keep up with what you spend in an excel sheet? Do you keep all of your receipts in a folder? Well, there is a better way. Instantly record all of your expenses in TruckLogics. 
Online Trucking Business Management Program

Whenever you make a purchase, like on fuel, for example, you can record the quantity, type, cost, and even upload a photo for your records. If you add a monthly bill as a recurring expense then it will automatically be added to your records on a monthly basis so you don’t have to keep manually adding it month after month.

You can also create a professional invoice in a matter of seconds to email your clients. Instantly add or edit load details, rates, and memos. You can also set the due date and will receive reminders when the due date is near or has passed.

Once you receive the payment for your invoice you can post it in your TruckLogics account for your records with details such as if the payment was full or partials, the payment mode from cash, check, credit, EFT, and any notes if needed.

Maintenance Schedules

Keeping your trucks regularly maintained will extend their life and reduce costs and keeping up with their maintenance schedule doesn’t have to be a paperwork filled hassle. Simply use TruckLogics to make sure your trucks are maintained with accurate record keeping.

All of your equipment can be tracked in your account with the company, year, make, model, and serial number. Simply search for the vehicle you need and you will instantly be able to find its information.

Create a maintenance plan based on the custom needs of your fleet. The maintenance tasks can be scheduled by date, mileage, or hours. The maintenance task can be recorded and every time you log into your account head to the TruckZOne to see your scheduled maintenance, completed maintenance, upcoming maintenance, and past due maintenance.

Go Ahead, Cut The Paper Work!


Ring ring, the 21st century is calling. It’s time to reduce costs and cut hours spent processing paperwork by using TruckLogics to simplify managing your entire business online. Take advantage of your free 15-day trial now to see how TruckLogics can be used to help you save time and maximize your profits.
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

How To Build Quality Relationships With Shippers

Trucker and shipper relationship
Load Boards are a great way to get started in the trucking industry but they don’t give you the most pay for your work. The loads posted offer incredibly low rates and have a lot of competition.

As soon as you get a load you better start planning and looking for the next one! To make it as an owner operator or fleet owner you and your drivers might be much better off by building quality relationships with shippers, so we have a few tips on how to do exactly that.

Building Quality Relationships With Shippers


It’s time to be a shark and find the shipper you want to deliver for. They don’t necessarily have to look for drivers because other owner operators are also looking for work. However, don’t just pick the first shipper you see, research your options.

You will want to work with the same shipper for a while, so look up their company reviews. Make sure their previous employees left positive comments to get an idea if you will be happy working there for a while or not. The transportation industry has a high turnover rate, so if you have a history of staying with shippers long term then that will give you a leg up.

If you contact a shipper and don’t hear back from them right away then don’t give up. Follow up within the next few days. Also, make sure your pitch is clear, organized, and to the point.
 
Grow Your Trucking Business
Present yourself well. When picking up and delivering loads make sure that you wear something a little nicer than sweatpants and flip-flops. Make sure you’ve showered recently and comb your hair. Grocers will report back to your shipper about you, so it’s important that you make a good impression.

Also, speak well. Use your manners and be polite. You have no idea how far a few please and thank yous will go. If you get frustrated try your best to stay calm and keep your language clean.

Speaking of speaking, it’s also a great practice to have good communication. There are many hands-free ways you can contact your shipper. They will appreciate being kept up to date on your progress.

It’s really important to contact your shipper as soon as you know your delivery is going to be delayed. That will give your shipper time to notify the grocery and make arrangements. Waiting til the last minute could cause tensions to rise.

You are responsible for yourself, shippers won’t make excuses for you. Communication will solve a lot of issues. If you are nervous about facing a shipper you could text them, but it’s much better to call.

Remember shippers are also trying to get loads delivered at the lowest rate possible, so be aware of the supply, demand and current market rates when it comes to your pay. Don’t be afraid to negotiate rates, but don’t get upset when you get offered a lower rate. As you spend time in in the business getting experience to build a good reputation you can get higher rates.

Build Those Shipper Relationships


If you’re ready to take your trucking business to the next level then it might be time to move away from load boards to build quality relationships with shippers. Go get ‘em, tiger. Be smart, responsible, and respectful and you will quickly be on your way towards earning more for your work.

Please share any tips you have towards building relationships with shippers in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Truckers Are Crucial For Providing Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

Truckers HOS suspended
Harvey just made a huge splash in Texas and before the relief effort could even finish Irma the category 4 hurricane slammed Florida. The entire state was covered by the massive wind and rain storm.

Just like truckers did their part to help with Harvey you can get in your rig and head down to the sunshine state to help out. Just remember to be prepared in case of emergencies and to get enough rest in order to safely contribute. Here’s what you can expect if you pitch in with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Efforts


As Irma arrived the Department of Transportation issued a Regional Emergency Declaration for 7 states, including Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and of course, Florida.

As a result of the declaration HOS or hours of service regulations were suspended for drivers and carriers in those states providing direct assistance to the impacted areas. Now because those helping with relief efforts can drive past the normal HOS regulations we urge you to not go past your limits. Take the time to rest if you need to, driving tired is incredibly dangerous because it’s the equivalent to driving drunk.

Even though loads for the relief effort may be offering extra rates per mile, keep in mind that helping out may not be easy. You will be entering a disaster area after all. Before heading down to Florida be sure to have a few emergency items packed in your cab.

You should take some extra clothes because you may not have an area to shower or do laundry for a few days You should also take a flashlight, batteries, power inverter, hand crank radio, utility knife, and a first aid kit. You never know when these items could come in handy and they are actually beneficial to carry in your rig at all times.

Truckers helping with hurricane irma
Hurricanes make areas flood, causing them to be extremely wet, so make sure you take water proof items with you. You’ll want to be totally protected from flood water as it’s generally contaminated with chemicals and feces, so bring your water bib if you have one.

If your route is flooded don’t push your truck’s limits. You don’t want to get stuck in the water or swept away. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

Be prepared to wait. When you get to a disaster zone the people there may not be able to tell you where to go or give you further instructions for hours. As you wait you might get hungry but there might not be a place for you to grab some food, so be sure to pack non-perishable food for your trip, along with some bottles of water.

You may want to bring extra food and water in order to give out to those in need if you happen to rescue someone. If you have any coffee or soda that you can’t live without take some of it with you too.

It’s a good idea to carry some extra fuel with you and to top off where you can. The evacuation caused many fuel shortages all around the state, and some places might not have been able to refuel yet.

When you stop to rest try to find a safe well lit area. Even though police are stopping looters they may not be able to catch everyone and the last thing you will want is to be bothered by someone trying to take your stuff.

Are You Helping With Hurricane Irma Relief?


If you’re heading to Florida to deliver emergency items to those in need and to provide aid, thank you for your hard work. Just remember to stay safe and don’t go past your limits. If you aren’t driving to provide assistance you can donate to the cause here.

Please share any tips about providing hurricane disaster relief in the comment section below and for more trucking blogs visit TruckLogics.com
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Use Technology To Retain Young Truck Drivers

New drivers today have something that road veterans didn’t start off with and that’s tons of brand new technology. GPS units, tablets, satellite radio, new apps to stay connected, and more. As an old school trucker, you may feel like technology is more of a curse than a blessing, but it can be used to your advantage.
 
With the high turnover rate and driver shortage in the industry the ability to retain drivers, even younger ones fresh out of CDL school will give you the advantage. It could help you get your fleet where you want it to be.

Before you retain a driver you need to attract a driver--that can be done by making your fleet more interesting than the competition. With many new drivers coming into the workforce, employers need to consider their communication style. Younger drivers are very attached to their mobile phones and tend to thrive on efficiency. 

5 Ways Technology Can Increase Driver Retention 


Close the deal by offering mobile management to eliminate paperwork and to make everyone’s lives in your operation easier. A program like TruckLogics, for example, can completely mobilize your business by being available on smartphones and tablets. Drivers can use technology to increase efficiency and help grow your business in 5 distinct ways.

1. Create dispatches and share the information with your drivers in a matter of minutes, so they won’t have to call you and ask for instructions. The dispatch details can include the shipper and consignee details, pick up and drop-off locations, contact information for those locations, any special instructions, and more.

2. Drivers can also constantly update you on their progress and location to keep your clients informed. Plus, they can capture and send BOL and proof of delivery to make their daily check-in easier.

3. The driver settlement will allow drivers to access records to their pay at any time in case they have any questions. They can simply log into their TruckLogics account to clearly see how much they were paid and when. Hauling charges, fuel surcharges, accessorial fees, reimbursements, and deductions will be clearly listed for your drivers to see in order to answer any questions that they may have.

4. Electronic driver logs with TruckLogics eliminates the hassle of having to carry around paper log books. They can use the app to easily enter their hours of service and instantly create driver log graphs. This takes the stress out of complying with HOS rules.

5. By using TruckLogics drivers will get access to ProMiles and electronic trip logs. ProMiles will track the most fuel efficient or quickest route based on your preferences and will let you and your drivers know where the cheapest place to fuel up is. Then all of the miles traveled per jurisdiction in your trip logs will be compiled for an IFTA report that can be used to quickly complete your return.

The Future Is Now


We respect tradition and hard working, true grit. No matter how advanced technology gets it will never beat the ability to do things like read and follow a map correctly. However, technology can be convenient, help retain drivers, and help you save time while managing your entire business online.
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Monday, 11 September 2017

Remembering and Honoring 9/11

Today isn’t just another Monday, as it falls on the 16th anniversary of 9/11. You may notice people on bridges and overpasses proudly waving the American flag during your route today. No matter where you are, and what you're hauling we hope you honk your horn and support them.

The 2001 terrorist attack was the largest terror attack on U.S. soil and it claimed 3,000 American victims. In order to honor their memory, tonight beams of light will shoot into the sky where the World Trade Center buildings originally stood.

Earlier today Trump lead a moment of silence at the white house that marked the time when the first plane struck in order to remember the fallen and honor their families. We hope that with your busy schedule on the road today that you will get the chance to take a moment of silence to reflect on those who lost their lives as well.

Here at TruckLogics, we are proud to be American you will be able to spot the American flag in multiple places around the office, and everyone will be able to take the time they need to remember. As America progresses into a stronger nation we will never forget our history.

Thank you for all of your hard work. We know that on days like these you would like to be home with your family to be with your loved ones to remember those who lost their lives. Be sure to let them know how much they mean to you and that you’re thinking of them during this historic day.




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AMX Shares 10 Benefits to E-log You Might Not Have Considered

The E-log mandate is coming. No matter how hard organizations are trying to stop the rule or at least delay implementation, currently the December 18, 2017 deadline remains intact. AMX, Alabama Motor Express shared their article with us that includes 10 benefits to them that you maybe haven't considered, because even though the deadline is coming they urge everyone to look on the bright side.

10 Benefits to E-Log You Might Not Have Considered 


The electronic log device (ELD) mandate, scheduled in 2015, is about to reach it's required implementation date of December 18, 2017. Despite all efforts to hinder this transition, companies will still be required to switch all paper-logging systems to electronic by December.

Since there is no escaping them, we might as well focus on the benefits.

E-Log Mandate



Here are 10 benefits to E-logs:

1. The transition should be relatively smooth, especially if a company started early. 

2.  E-logs are extremely easy to use. There's no paperwork to keep up with. The apps that connect to your phone reduce the likelihood of losing any logs. At AMX, when a driver begins a trip, he simply presses a button to begin the logging process. If he forgets, an automatic backup is in place and detects when a truck is going over 10 mph.

3.  These apps have the ability to alert a driver when he/she is close to going over hours, resulting in fewer HOS violations. And, say goodbye to form & manner violations! Logs will always be up to date and mostly accurate, as opposed to handwritten logs which are prone to errors.

4. Speaking of accuracy, the logs can't be manipulated by drivers or dispatchers trying to make more money. This also deters dispatchers from trying to force a driver into driving longer than legally allowed.

5. Drivers don't have to worry about constantly getting calls from dispatchers trying to pinpoint their location. 

6. The main expected benefit is to increase the safety of all drivers by reducing drowsy driving by forcing drivers to stop when they reach their hourly limit. The reduction in drowsy driving will reduce accident and liability claims from lack of alertness.

7. No more time wasted on recording hours. E-logs also save time at inspections.

8. Electronic data collection will reduce paperwork, one less thing drivers have to worry about. The raw data made available by mass standardization will give companies the ability to improve efficiency and eliminate waste. 

9. E-logs can link with Transportation Management Systems (TMS) allowing for up to-the-minute tracking. This location transparency is a major attraction to potential customers.

10. Implementation of electronic logs will reduce costs in the following ways:

ELD Mandate
- Fewer Hour of Service violations
- Fewer liability claims
- Increased safety reduces accidents
- Fewer form & manner violations
- Reduced idle time manually recording logs

For a complete list of the e-log mandate requirements, visit the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Even though most in the trucking industry aren't excited about electronic logs, there are some definite benefits to having them.

Might as well look on the bright side! We still have puppies!! 


Here's one now: 

Thanks For Sharing, AMX!


AMX, Alabama Motor Express is a professional trucking logistics company that focuses on quality and on-time service. They have over 200 tractors and 600 trailers that ship goods all across the nation with satellite communication equipment to provide quick and constant access to their units on the road. 

Today's article was written by Jordan Wilson, the Marketing Administrator at AMX Logistics. She uses her trucking knowledge to cover all aspects of the trucking and logistics industries to provide honk-worthy articles. 

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

What Rookies Don't Learn In Trucking School

What CDL school doesn't teach you
A lot of rookies are going through driving school and getting their CDLs, which is great. Truckers move America forward, the more the better. However, trucking schools don’t cover everything. Some learning can only come from hours spent behind the wheel.

So in order to help the new drivers out, we put together a list of what they need to learn right out of driving school. This advice is actually from experienced drivers who have burned enough pavement to know a thing or two about what trucking is really like.

What New Drivers Missed In Trucking School


1. Don’t fully rely on your GPS

Millennials are known to like their technology, and that’s fine, but in this business you may need an actual map sometimes. While google maps can provide images of your route and accurate traffic information and GPS systems can take you on direct, fuel-efficient routes, the ability to read and follow a paper map will come in handy.

Check your route before blindly following directions, you don’t want to go through crowded downtown city areas or get stuck in a bad part of town. You also don’t want to spend 20 to 30 minutes going out of the way to loop your destination.

Also, what happens if your GPS loses signal or goes down? Then you will have to read a map to figure out where you’re going. Trust us, It’s a more useful skill than you think.

2. Know your limits and don’t go past them

If you’re tired or encouraged to drive past your Hours of Service (HOS) you can say no. It’s okay to stand up to dispatch to not get pushed beyond your limits. You can stand up for yourself in unsafe or hostile work environments too.

Your company has a safety department you can call if you’re unsure when pushed to do something illegal or work tired. Call them and see what they think. never drive tired, it's dangerous. You can take the breaks that you need.

3. You’re responsible for yourself

You won’t have a manager checking on you in person all day to see if you’re actually working. You need to be professional and responsible for yourself and schedule. Plan your day and route accordingly. You may have a lot of distance to travel in between snack and bathroom breaks.

If you stop for a quick break don’t block the fuel island. Take care of business and move. Other people are waiting to fuel up and leave. Also, guys may suggest that you just go in a bottle on the road, but we don’t recommend that. It sounds distracting, and any form of distracted driving is bad.

CDL school learning
Present yourself well. Walk with purpose, shower routinely, don’t wear sweats all the time. Having a good, professional attitude will help you build quality relationships with managers and shippers. It will also help interactions with DOT, CBP, and LEO go more smoothly.

4. Learn about backing up and parking

In school, you learn to back up with objects like garbage cans and cones. It doesn’t matter if you hit them, so there isn't much pressure. It's a totally different story in parking lots full of items that can break your trailer if you hit them.

Plus, some lots have incredibly weird layouts. Take your time and keep your cool. If you aren’t sure what’s behind you or think you might hit something then get out and take a look. It’s hard to back into spaces and takes a lot of practice. Other truckers would much rather you park at turtle's pace instead of hitting their rig.

Also, be sure to never head down a road if you aren’t sure if it will have a place to turn around. Walk it first. There’s no headache like trying to back down a road. Remember, never back into traffic, always back out of traffic.

5. Stay calm and learn

You will get frustrated, you may get confused, and you might wonder why you are even doing this, but keep your cool. Just take a deep breath and relax when times get stressful. Overreacting or making a rash decision out of anger could total your career.

If you think you can’t handle something fresh out of school think about how to get through the situation or ask someone for help. No one becomes a super trucker overnight. Heck, there are no easy loads and it takes years of experience to be considered a road veteran. This is a career that takes effort and time.

Congrats On Passing School


We’re proud of you and we will be happy to see you out on the roads. Our economy needs truckers to keep on moving. Just remember to slow down and stay calm out there. Driving after school is a whole new world that you can only learn about by taking the time to get experience behind the wheel.

Please share any tips that you have for rookie drivers in the comment section below.
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Monitor Your Entire Trucking Business Online

Monitor your trucking business online
When you’re just starting to emerge into the trucking industry with your own business then you may not have the means to hire office staff to handle everything back home. All of the sudden you are your own driver, fleet manager, accountant, assistant, and more.

That’s why you need to make your business as mobile as you are. You won’t always be at your desk, and when you get back home you may not have the energy to go over all the books

That’s why TruckLogics allows you to monitor your entire business online and manage everything from the road. With TruckLogics everything you need will be at your fingertips, right from the comfort of your own cab.

Monitoring Your Entire Business Online With TruckLogics


TruckLogics has a mobile app that’s free to download, so you can keep it on your smartphone or tablet to check on your business and drivers at any time, from any location. This will mobilize your business and help you never miss a beat.

Also, TruckLogics uses cloud storage to securely keep all of your information in one convenient location that can be accessed from your account on any device. Records such as your shipper's information, income, expenses, compliance records, maintenance schedules, and more can be stored in your account.

When it comes to dispatches, TruckLogics has made the entire process easier than ever. You can quickly create a dispatch with just a few clicks that include the shipper/consignee details, instructions for the driver, pick-up and drop off locations, equipment, drivers, and more. Your BOL and proof of delivery can also be easily captured.

Trucking Business Management App
Your hauling fees (per mile, ton, manually, etc) fuel surcharge, accessorial fees, and custom charges will be automatically calculated for your load charges too.

Your expenses and income can all easily be recorded for your records. When a business related purchase is made, like fuel, for example, you can take a photo of the receipt and store it for your records or add the cost, how you paid for it, quantity, and more instantly. Every aspect of your finances will be tracked so you can run custom business reports to see how your business is doing for any period of time.

With TruckLogics you can also instantly create invoices based on your load details in your settings. You can edit details such as the load and rates and add memos. TruckLogics will remind you when invoices are due or past due, so they will never slip your mind. When you receive a payment you can quickly post it to your account to update your records.

The TruckZone feature allows you to upload and store information for all of your vehicles and equipment, You can also track their maintenance schedules by date, mileage, or hours. This way you will always stay on top of your maintenance schedules to keep your vehicles operating at optimum performance.

Try TruckLogics Today


Sign up for your free 15-day trial with TruckLogics today to see how much time you can save monitoring your entire business online. We only covered a few of TruckLogics innovative features, check out our IFTA reporting, electronic driver logs, driver settlements, and more!

If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated TruckLogics support team Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6946. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24.7 email support at support@trucklogics.com.
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Be Prepared For CVSA's Brake Safety Day

Brake Safety Inspection Blitz
There’s always one thing after another! You just filed your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, or at least we hope you did since the deadline was yesterday, and now you need to make sure your brakes are up to code for the upcoming break inspection on Thursday, September 7th!

That gives you just about a week to get your brakes up to speed, including this weekend. Take a minute to read up on everything you can expect during CVSA’s Brake Safety Day so you won’t be caught by any surprises.

CVSA Brake Safety Day


CVSA or the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a nonprofit organization made up of local, state, and federal motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. It’s their goal to focus on improving vehicle and driver safety by educating organizations that enforce commercial motor vehicle inspections. They also certify inspectors.

You have them to thank for making the roads a safer place, and they’re also responsible for a number of annual safety inspections throughout the year. Some inspections are announced, while others are kept secret to catch unsuspecting drivers.

On September 7th they will be focusing on brakes! Law enforcement agencies all across North America will be inspecting large trucks and buses to look for out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system and antilock braking (ABS) violations.

The inspection will actually consist of 37 steps to examine the vehicle’s mechanical fitness and driver operating fitness. A few things examiners will have an eye out for include:

- Air or hydraulic leaks.
- Worn linings, pads, and drums.
- ABS error indicators.
- Loose or missing parts.
- If applicable, your pushrod stroke will be measured.

The goal of this check is to educate transportation professionals and others on how important proper brake maintenance is for operating and performing properly. This will also hopefully reduce the number of wrecks on the road to make highways a safer place.

Poorly maintained or improperly installed brakes can increase the stopping time and distance for heavy vehicles. Also, ABS can help drivers maintain control of their vehicle to prevent wrecks in some cases.

Brake violations are actually the largest percentage of violations found by CVSA, with a total of 45.7% of citations made during the 2016 International Roadcheck and since the program’s inception in 1998 more than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected.

Be aware that vehicles with out-of-adjustment or defective brakes will be placed out of service. So, that's a headache you can easily avoid by taking the time to work on your brakes. There have already been 3 unannounced break safety days this year, so keep those babies maintained. The unannounced inspections are actually replacing the annual Brake Safety Week.

Be Prepared For CVSA’s Brake Safety Day


If you need to perform a little maintenance on your truck now is the time, because if you don’t pass the inspection you will get parked! Also, please do what you can to spread awareness about brake safety to your fellow drivers to reduce the number of crashes out there.

Please share your thoughts about the CVSA Brake Safety Day in the comment section below and for more trucking blogs visit TruckLogics.com.
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