Tuesday, 31 January 2017

4th Quarter IFTA Reports Are Due Today


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

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

About IFTA


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

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

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

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

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

IFTA With TruckLogics


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

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

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

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

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

We’re Here To Help


The TruckLogics crew are experts on all things IFTA. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone, email, or live chat. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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Monday, 30 January 2017

Chad Boblett Shares His Story About Getting His Authority

Chad Boblett shares his experience with getting his own authority!

Getting His Own Authority

We have a special treat for you today because our guest blogger Chad Boblett has agreed to let us share his personal story about getting his own authority with you. Chad Boblett is a former marine and truck driver who launched his own trucking company, Boblett Brothers, in honor of his fellow truckers. He is proud to share his experiences which truckers and owner-operators can learn a lot from.


Should you get your authority?

When I got started 6 years ago, as an owner operator the first company, I looked at was Landstar. You get to pick your own loads, and they take like 30%. This sounded like the best thing ever until I seen an advertisement for truckersedge.net and found out that I could keep 100% of the money and work with all brokers if I got my authority.

The Risk:

You will lose everything will never happen. You will always have your CDL that lets you get a job anywhere anytime you decide to give up. You can always resale the truck for something. I guess the biggest risk would be not being able to pay any debt you might have.

Load board success:

Most of my loads come from brokers and load boards, I have done this from day one with no experience needed and every year I have outperformed the average contract rate. Some people are quick learners, and business savvy, some are not. Some people are going to catch on faster than others. Using a load board to find loads is really simple.

How much money do you need:

No correct answer to this question. Some like to say the more you have, the better and that could be true but looking back at when I got started if I had more money I would have spent more than I should have. I started with no money at all. If my truck did not have fuel in it when I bought it, I might not have made it. I literally waited in a truck stop parking lot for a broker's quick pay to get into my bank before posting my truck because I was out of money and fuel.

Buying your first truck:

Commercial equipment can be hard to get loans for. I used 4 credit cards to purchase my truck at a local dealership. This was a ding to my credit score for maxing out the limit on the credit cards, but the good part was that I paid 0% interest.

Cons:

More paperwork, more responsibility, you have to create your own customer base if you are not going to use a load board. You no longer get a weekly paycheck. Most of the time it takes 40 days to get paid from a broker unless you take quick pay or factor. You will not enjoy big company discounts that you might be getting with the carrier you are with now.

Who should not become a carrier:

Bad credit score or deep in debt.
People that are easily intimidated and can be fooled into taking bad loads.
Drivers that just want miles and money really isn't necessary.

Bad advice:

The people that hate the idea of encouraging owner operators to get their authority the most are other carriers that would make more money if you stayed leased to them. So many think that you have to be leased on to a company for a few years before you are ready to get your authority. This could be bad advice in many ways. I don't know what it's like to lease on to a company because I have never done such a thing but I can tell you that I would have made less money if I leased to a company that was only giving me a percent of what the truck was making.

Your spouse:

Most spouses at the beginning find it hard to adjust. It's best to hire a service to help with your needs then to overwhelm your spouse with unusual documents that need to be filled out. Saving money by doing it yourself can be learned in time.

How to survive:

Have extream fear of debt. Bad months always happen, and you might not make any money during these time. Always know what your rate per mile, write it down and keep track of this. Spend less money than you take in.
Here is a great place to learn more about working with brokers facebook.com/groups/rpmmasters/

Myths:

You need to know how to work on trucks. This is such bull crap. Actually, this was my biggest fear. I know nothing about working on trucks and even the stuff that I do know how to do I will gladly pay others to do it for me.

Chad Boblett's Biggest Trucking Mistakes:

  • Not getting pre-pass sooner.
  • Not getting the NASTC fuel card sooner.
  • Factoring my first year.
  • The biggest mistake of all , was not getting my authority sooner.

trucker gets his own authority to drive truck waiting in yard for deliveries
Getting Your Own Authority
One day you will have to retire or will want to retire so open a SEP IRA and save. I know many countries that you can retire to for less than $1000 a month.

Just think what the cost of a new truck for $150,000 invested in stocks that get's an 8% gain each year could have your truck driving life living it up on some tropical islands never needing to drive again.

Enjoy your freedom this is the greatest part of being a carrier and owning your own company. Take vacation whenever you want for as long as you want. Go find that island you want to retire to.

My wife and I along with our kids all took a trip to Asia for free with club passes just with the miles saved from credit cards on the money spent on my one truck company.


- Chad Boblett




To learn more about Boblett Brothers and Chad click here. Plus, there are always more trucking tips waiting for you at TruckLogics.com. Here is a great blog on How to Get Your Operating Authority.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

These Apps For Drivers Are Trucking Awesome



The trucking industry is becoming more and more tech involved every day. Even Though you’re out on the road driving you’re going to find more things like GPS units, smartphones, and even tablets in the cab. Just when you thought the hip thing to do was to have a laptop with you, now it’s all about apps. Trucking apps can really make a difference in making your route planning and trips easier, so check out some of these top rated apps for truckers that you can enjoy on a daily basis.

Note: TruckLogics doesn’t support playing or using your phones, tablets, or laptops while you drive. Pay attention to the road, safety always comes first. 

Top Trucking Apps


First, we have to, of course, speak about TruckLogics because TruckLogics is the all in one business management app that makes it easy to manage your entire business, even while out on the road. TruckLogics makes it possible for you to create dispatches, managing invoices, and bills, manage recurring expenses, update trip logs, and more, all with a few clicks.

TruckLogics also has innovative IFTA calculating software to help truckers calculate their mileage per jurisdiction, fuel tax, and fuel per gallon per jurisdiction while providing up-to-date tax rates per jurisdiction. Truckers can use TruckLogics to calculate their IFTA tax totals and then print or email their sheet to correctly complete their IFTA returns.

Plus, TruckLogics uses ProMiles to automatically keep up with mileage per jurisdiction based off of their drop off, pick up, and route stop locations. ProMiles also uses google maps to plan the best routes and has fuel optimization technology to show truckers the best places to stop for fuel and the lowest prices in the area.

Next up we have the FatSecret Calorie Counter app, even though it’s no secret that the majority of truckers are overweight. Y’all might be fat and happy, but if you choose to be a little more health conscious FatSecret is there for you.

FatSecret lets you record what you eat from restaurants to track your calories and even lets you scan the barcodes on the packages food and drinks you consume. It also lets you log your daily exercises and will give you a daily progress chart based on your weight. You can also connect with the FatSecret community to ask questions and get tips from other users and join groups.

We have to give a shout out to FleetSafer Mobile because they are keeping our roads safer. FleetSafer recognizes when trucks are driving and silences cell phones. Drivers won’t have access to calls, texts, or other alerts while driving. If someone is trying to contact you they’ll receive an auto-reply letting them know that you’re busy driving. Don’t worry about remembering to turn FleetSafer on because it will automatically start once you begin driving.

WhatsApp? We will tell you what up with this awesome messaging app. WhatsApp lets you speak freely to your contacts. You send voice messages back and forth as if they were text messages with a single click. It reminds us old timers of the chirp back in the day when flip phones were a thing. When you receive a WhatsApp message you can play it as many times as you would like with a single click.

You could say WhatsApp does it all because it allows to create group chats where you can instantly send videos and voices messages, and it also has a video chat feature so once you’re parked you can see the faces of your friends and families for a nice chat.

Drivewyze makes it possible for you to keep going, literally. Tired of stopping at weigh stations? We’re sure you would like to pass them on by, and now you can with Drivewyze, the weigh station bypass app. You’ll receive hands-free audio notifications about upcoming weigh stations and inspections with a route on how to bypass them.

But wait, what about the fuzz?! If you get pulled over, don’t worry Drivewyze lets you legally bypass weigh stations, and if you’re stopped the Recall feature will let you show the cop the last weigh station instructions you received.

TruckPath was made for truckers by a trucker. It provides information about where truck stops are and will have a GPS route for you. You can search Flying J, Wal-Mart, Loves, and more to find the trucking stop that you want. Plus, you can read reviews about the truck stops to see what amenities they have to offer and if they’re safe.

Don’t you hate when you pull off and don’t have a place to park? Avoid that frustration with TruckPath because truckers update the parking situation in real time! Also, you can even use the app to call ahead and book a parking spot for some truck stops.

TruckPath also takes a little of the headaches out of weigh stations because truckers update if weigh stations are opened or closed, so you don’t have to waste your time pulling through a closed station.

Catch Up On The Latest Apps


The freedom of the open road is now made easier and more convenient with the help of the coolest trucking apps available for smartphones, tablets, and computers. They help truckers cut down on texting and driving with hands-free applications and show them the best places to stop to get rest and fuel up.

Don’t be an ancient trucker stuck in the stone age. Check out a few of these innovative apps to see how they can make your life on the road better. Also, check back with TruckLogics for more trucking news and be sure to comment about your favorite trucking apps in the section below.
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Your APU Weight Exemption Guide

Auxiliary Power Units (APU’s for short) are used by a large amount of truck drivers to aid in limiting fuel use since they eliminate the need to run their trucks engines on idle while in park. But seeing as they usually weigh hundreds of pounds, they may be a problem for drivers who frequently carry near the maximum weight limits. With the president’s latest expansion of the MAP-21 bill dealing with state-by-state APU regulations, this may be confusing to drivers who cross state lines on a regular basis.
Below we’ve placed a table, put together by fleet tracking software provider Track Your Truck, that can notify drivers just how much APU weight is exempt in each state. For more information about this APU guide click here.
Check it out:

                                   APU Exemption Guide
APU Exemption Guide by Track Your Truck

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Direct Routes and Fuel Optimization All With ProMiles



We know that owner operators and fleet managers are already planners. You plan when and where to take routes, for your monthly expenses, and which carriers to work with. However, what about when you’re on the open road?

Do you plan the best place to get fuel? Do you make sure your route is free of roads closed due to construction or bridges with low clearances? TruckLogics can help you optimize fuel usage, show you the quickest routes without turnarounds, and help you track IFTA expenses so you can plan the best routes without any unknowns.

TruckLogics


TruckLogics is the business management solution for owner operators and independent truckers. It's designed specifically for truckers to help them save time while managing their entire operation. It has innovative features for dispatch management, reporting IFTA, driver logs, route optimization to save fuel, and more.

Plus, TruckLogics is 100% mobile, with an app available for smartphones and tablets. This way drivers can update their logs and you can check in on your business from any location, at any time.

Route Planning and Fuel Optimization With ProMiles


After creating your TruckLogics account you can use ProMiles to quickly and efficiently plan the best routes for you and your drivers. ProMiles instantly finds the best route based off of your beginning and ending location with the help of google maps.

However, instead of just finding the fastest route available, ProMiles helps you avoid issues like bridges you can’t clear, and closed roads due to construction. This way you’ll save time by avoiding something that will make you have to turn around and backtrack until you can find a way to get around the low bridge or construction, saving you time and fuel.

Speaking of fuel, it’s some expensive stuff, right? Unfortunately, we need it to keep on trucking, but with ProMiles, you can save a lot of money with fuel optimization. At any point during your route you can see how much fuel you have, the price of fuel in your area, and the best place to stop and get fuel.

This means that instead of scratching the back of your neck and wondering if you should stop and get fuel at the upcoming truck stop or wait to see if one comes along with better gas prices is a thing of the past. You’ll know exactly where to stop for the cheapest gas.

Plus, you’ll be notified if you should only purchase a little bit of gas at one stop in order to save money by filling up with cheaper fuel at another stop further down your route. Before you know it you’ll have a lot of money saved that can be used on other aspects of your business instead of fuel.

Record Keeping With ProMiles


We all know that sometimes truckers don’t have the best patience for paperwork, heck some guys don’t even have legible handwriting. ProMiles takes the headaches out of trying to read handwriting and having to correct information with easily to fill out electronic trip logs.

The trip logs clearly show which fields need to be filled out and with a single click truckers can import their information. This saves time, prevents mistakes, and prevents hassle. Now instead of keeping up with files in the cab, drivers can simply update trip logs right from their smartphones.

Also, ProMiles has been integrated with IFTA to accurately track all of your miles, taking the headache away from keeping up with multiple things for your quarterly reports. You’ll instantly have access to how much fuel you got, the type of fuel, the miles you drove, and more for your state mileage taxes, quarterly reports, and truck-specific reports.

Say goodbye to hunting down receipts and carefully keeping up with your records because it will all be there for you in one convenient location, with ProMiles.

What Are You Waiting For?


You can instantly get started with a free 15-day trial with TruckLogics today! Simply spend a few minutes creating your account and instantly gain access to TruckLogics intuitive time-saving features for invoicing and billing, business reports, finding the best route, fuel optimization, and more.
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Our Expense Tracking Software Will Save You Money and Fuel



TruckLogics is here to save your gas! Literally! As an independent trucker, owner operator, or fleet manager then you’re probably quite aware that the business you conduct isn’t possible without gas, and you’re probably also aware that gas is expensive. Being able to save on gas and avoid wasting it can save you tons of money down the road, so check out how TruckLogics can help.

TruckLogics


If you’re new to TruckLogics you should know that it’s an incredible trucking management software to help fleet managers and owner operators save time while efficiently managing every aspect of their business. It has a ton of innovative features for dispatch management, invoicing, trip documents, and more.

Best of all, TruckLogics is 100% mobile. You can access your account from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, meaning you can check in on your business at any time, from any location out on the road! 

TruckLogics and Saving Gas


Before you can save gas you have to be aware of how much you’re spending on gas, which used to be easier said than done, but now there’s an app for that, and it’s called TruckLogics.

TruckLogics has a manage expense feature which allows you to quickly and easily record all of your expenses, including your fuel costs.

Every time you or one of your driver's gets gas simply pull out your phone and enter in the quantity of fuel, type of fuel and the cost. Doing so will give you a record of all your gas purchases, and you can even take a photo of the receipt for your records, which makes keeping up with it super easy for your compliance records. Also, your truckers can have their own login information to record gas transactions to your TruckLogics account from their own phones.

If you spend the same amount on gas each month you can add it as a recurring expense, which sounds like exactly what it is. An expense that recurs monthly. Once you add an expense to TruckLogics as a recurring expense it will automatically be accounted for and added to your reports, so you won’t have to enter it every time.

After entering in expenses you can view easy-to-read reports to see where all of your expenses, including gas. The reports will show you if your company was profitable or not for the month and even break down your costs per mile. 

TruckLogics and ProMiles


Once you know how much money you’re spending on gas you’ll probably want to save more money, either way, that’s where ProMiles comes in. ProMiles comes free with your TruckLogics account and it basically serves as your expert trip planner.

ProMiles automatically finds the best route for your trip using google maps based on your starting and end point. It avoids closed roads and low clearance bridges to avoid having to turn around, backtrack or go far out of your way. Saving you time and gas.

It also tells you the best places to stop and get fuel based off of fuel prices and how much fuel is in your tank. This way you can always manage to stop at the places with the lowest priced fuel for the cheapest cost of gas per trip possible.

Plus, ProMiles keeps up with your mileage for you making it super simple for keeping up with your records for state mileage and taxes, quarterly reports, and truck-specific reports. 

Start Saving Today


Take advantage of your free 15-day trial from TruckLogics to see how it can help you simplify managing every aspect of your business even while you’re out on the road. Plus, you can start saving gas and finding the best routes with ProMiles instantly!
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Successful Habits Owner Operators Need to Develop



Are you thinking about becoming an owner operator or looking to improve your own business? Being an owner operator is a risky business move, with major rewards if you make it. However, a lot of people fail to make it as owner operators and end up having to go back to being a company driver in order to work themselves out of debt. Luckily we have a few tips about good habits to adopt to make it as a successful owner operator. 

Good Habits For Owner Operators


Owner operators are planners. Before jumping down the highway they plan every aspect of their trip. They make sure they have drop offs and pickups nearby so they don’t eat the costs of spending money to get home in a day or two with an empty trailer.

When downtime is available, like when a load is being unloaded they take advantage of it. Instead of catching up on the latest drama on Facebook they plan for their next trip, track their finances, or even do a little maintenance on their trucks. Unfortunately more work and less play is a mindset owner operators have to adopt until they make it big.

They also become master budgeters and give up the expensive lobster dinners for more cost effective meals. For example, instead of stopping every time they get hungry or thirsty they buy their snacks in bulk in advance and pack them in the cab. Saving a dollar here and there really adds up in the long haul.

Another money saving trick is to slow down a little. Just by easing up on the gas a little bit you’ll become a more fuel-efficient driver and save tons on gas.

Speaking of saving, owner operators have self-control with their funds and set aside money in case of emergencies. While it may be all too tempting to splurge on a new Harley or hot rod, but what happens if your rig is involved in an accident? Will you have the funds to have it fixed? Will you be able to cover your bills if your truck is out of commission for a month or two?

The pros take care of their equipment. They see their trucks as tools, not toys, so they take pride in them. They clean out the cab regularly to make sure it doesn’t get smelly or stained. They also keep up with regular maintenance like oil changes and belt changes to make sure that their truck runs as long as possible to get every penny out of it’s worth. Why take on the costs of a new truck when the old one runs just fine? Along with saving gas, slowing down a little can prevent wear and tear on your truck and trailer.

You know what goes along with taking care of your truck? Taking care of yourself. To make is as an owner operator you need to be physically able because it’s a commitment that takes years. Start off by making sure you get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation takes a toll on your energy, you need to be awake for more hours on the road. It also can cause more stress and irritability. Being tried on the road also is equivalent to driving drunk, so be awake and alert to safely avoid accidents.

In order to be healthy, you gotta buckle down and make a few better food choices. Avoid obesity and diabetes by simply cleaning up your diet. For example, pick the heart smart omelet for breakfast instead of the pancake platter and have a banana instead of a honey bun. Plus, you can cut out soda with green teas or flavored seltzer water. Small changes are easy to make and will go a long way.

They make sure they move a little too. Sitting too much is a silent killer, so they take laps around truck stops to get their blood flowing or take workout straps with them to get a quick workout in right from their cab. Getting blood flow helps to relieve stress, makes the heart stronger, and can reduce high blood pressure.

Owner Operators make time for their family. To avoid getting lonely or putting strain on relationships by being away for longer periods of time they call their loved ones daily and face time with their kids to keep their relationships strong and positive.

Last but not least, they adopt patience. Being an owner operator involves driving more miles, with more days on the road. The successful ones have to be in the right mindset to put in over time and entertain themselves on the road with less time to fraternize and catch the latest game on TV.

They also have to realize that becoming an owner operator doesn’t equal overnight success. You have to work on it for months, and even years before getting to the profit level you want. 

You Can Do It


With the right mindset and a few changes to create good habits, you make it as an owner operator. Just take it slow, have your budget in order, and make sure to carefully plan out your moves. Before you know it you could have the freedom of the open road in your own truck with tons of business success.

Keep checking back with TruckLogics for more trucking tips, and be sure to share your tips about what it takes to be a successful owner operator in the comment section below.
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