The trucker lifestyle doesn’t exactly make it easy to exercise or eat right. You spend long hours on the road sitting in the same position. Food is often something you grab on the go. Sleeping is something you do in your cab or on lumpy hotel beds. And as for exercise, who has time? You’ve got delivery deadlines to meet.
Uber’s success as a crowdsourced taxi company has led to a flurry of business start-ups based on their business model. You can find “Ubers” for grocery delivery, haircuts, laundry, and a host of other services. Now the logistic crowdsourcing that made Uber such a success may be coming to the trucking industry—for better or worse.
The late summer and early fall of 2015 could be a confusing time to be a trucker. We may, or may not, see the return of unpopular aspects of the Hours of Service rule, depending on the results of two Department of Transportation reports. Then again, simply publishing the reports may reinstate the rules. As we said, it’s going to be confusing.
Sustainable practices designed to reduce gas consumption and emissions are now standard in many areas of the trucking industry. A combination of technical advances and driver training can make your trucking business greener whether you’re an independent contractor or running a large fleet.
What is TIN Matching?
TIN Matching (Taxpayer Identification Number Matching) is a tool provided by the IRS to help paid preparers or authorized agents to efficiently assist their clients by being able to validate TIN and name combinations within IRS records.
For many truckers, their cab is quite literally their home away from home. Motel and hotel rooms are expensive, even if you claim them on taxes, so many truckers live out of their own cabs—some on a permanent basis.
When you’re living in a space as cramped as a truck cab, you need to stay organized. The following truck cab accessories help you make the most of your available space while improving your comfort.
A good truck stop is a little piece of Americana, serving hearty down-home food with plenty of amenities to keep truckers refreshed and ready for the open road. You can spot the best truck stops easily—they’re the ones with a steady stream of rigs pulling into and out of the parking lot.
Of course, some truck stops are better than others. Below are seven rest stops generally considered to be the best in the nation, with plenty of amenities to keep truckers well-fed, entertained, and refreshed during their precious down-time.
NATSA 2015 Meeting
This year’s NATSA meeting was A LOT of fun and a lot of learning. Presentations included; Driver Qualification Files, DVIR’s, Florida’s DataQ process, ELDs, FMCSA, Factoring, URS, and more.
Another day of education about the industry begins!
After the basic housekeeping, introductions and Sandy Johnsons beautiful renditions of both the US and Canadian anthems we got right down to business.