Thursday, 16 February 2017

Truckers Are Happy Because Of TruckLogics


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

TruckLogics


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

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

How TruckLogics Makes Your Life Easier


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

For Example, with TruckLogics you can:

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

Try TruckLogics Today


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

Prevent and Relieve Back Pain On The Road


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

Preventing And Relieving Back Pain


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sit Pretty


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

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

My IFTA Return Is Late What Do I Do?


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

Missing The IFTA Deadline


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To file an IFTA report you will need:


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

Calculate Your IFTA With TruckLogics


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