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7 Steps to Obtain Your Trucking Authority

By Kira Odlozil on May 5, 2022 4:47:12 PM

If you're a truck driver planning to operate in the United States, you'll need to obtain your trucking authority. Having authority gives you legal permission to operate commercial vehicles on public roads, either intrastate or interstate, as part of your business operations. Obtaining your authority is an important part of running your own trucking company in which you get to set your own schedule, choose your loads and control your earning potential, flexibility that many drivers prefer. In this blog post, we'll walk you through the necessary steps for getting your authority. Let's get started!

Topics: Trucking Business
5 min read

What is a Fuel Card Program and What Are the Benefits?

By Kira Odlozil on Apr 13, 2022 4:39:48 PM

A fuel card program can be beneficial for small business owners, owner-operators and fleet managers that are looking for a better payment method for fuel purchases than cash, debit cards or credit cards. The problem with handing out cash, debit cards or credit cards to drivers is that there are no restrictions on what can be purchased. That’s a big problem, especially when you’re hiring a new driver. Not to mention, drivers often have to keep track of paper receipts in order to report those purchases to accounting teams, which can make things challenging. The good news is that there’s an easier way. With a fuel card program, you gain controls, reporting, convenience and cost savings with company fuel purchases.

Topics: Fuel Cards
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4 Factors That Could Impact Fuel Prices Moving Forward

By Kira Odlozil on Mar 23, 2022 4:07:15 PM

Earlier this month, gas prices in the U.S. reached record highs, surpassing previous records set during the economic recession of 2008. As of today, AAA reports the national average price per gallon is $4.24 for unleaded and $5.04 for diesel. Oil prices continue to fluctuate daily as markets grapple with possible disruptions in oil supply worldwide while war between Russia and Ukraine continues. That factor, among others, are worth watching to see how they could impact prices at the pump moving forward.

Topics: Fuel Prices
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Unleaded and Diesel Fuel Prices Hit Record Highs

By Kira Odlozil on Mar 11, 2022 6:22:39 PM

On Tuesday, the national average price for unleaded and diesel soared to record highs and have since increased to an average price of $4.33 per gallon for unleaded and $5.13 per gallon for diesel, according to AAA. Previous all-time highs were set in 2008 during a global economic recession, but prices this week exceeded those levels. Many states are experiencing fuel prices higher than the national average, including California, where prices climbed to an average of $5.72 for unleaded and $6.30 for diesel, as of today.

Topics: Fuel Prices
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How a Shortage of Semi Truck Parking Impacts Drivers

By Kira Odlozil on Mar 1, 2022 4:19:25 PM

We depend on truck drivers to transport goods across the U.S., and a shortage of drivers has been an ongoing issue for the trucking industry. But just like a shortage of drivers, a shortage of semi truck parking has also become an issue. With so many trucks on the road, finding available truck parking spots can be a problem for drivers. According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), an insufficient number of parking spaces at rest areas and truck stops is one of the top three issues that worries drivers, especially because they’re required to take mandatory rest breaks by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It’s a problem without a quick fix that can have a big impact on drivers.

Topics: Trucking Business
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12 Apps to Find Semi Truck Parking Near You

By Kira Odlozil on Feb 25, 2022 2:26:19 PM

You’ve been behind the wheel for miles, all day long, and now it’s time for a break. Only one problem: Where do you park your big rig? An ongoing challenge for truck drivers is finding truck parking spots. They need a safe place to take mandatory breaks so they can power down and refuel, not just their vehicles, but themselves too. Parking illegally can put drivers at risk of theft or injury, and FMCSA fines can be costly, which is why finding adequate space for truck parking needs is so important. Luckily, software developers have stepped forward to help alleviate the issue. Mobile apps are available to help truck drivers answer the question: “Where is there semi truck parking near me?” Most apps are free to download and allow users to easily find rest stops, parking and gas stations. Check out the list of apps below.

Topics: Trucking Business
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How to Finance a Semi Truck

By Kira Odlozil on Feb 15, 2022 9:53:11 AM

Whether you’re just starting your career in trucking or growing your existing business, figuring out how to add more trucks to your fleet can be a challenge. Deciding how to finance a semi truck requires careful consideration and planning because of the costs involved. Semi trucks can range from $75,000 to $200,000 depending on whether you’re looking for a new or used truck. That’s a significant investment for any business, which is why drivers should evaluate their options for a loan carefully.

Topics: Trucking Business
5 min read

What are the Hours of Service Rules?

By Kira Odlozil on Feb 9, 2022 11:54:17 AM

Whether you're an experienced driver or just learning how to start a trucking business, safety is a top priority. Most drivers know not only the weight of their truck but the weight of their responsibility to keep roads safe. To facilitate safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) requires drivers to comply with certain regulations and mandatory breaks. These are known as the DOT hours of service rules and are intended to prevent drowsiness and fatigue that can cause traffic accidents. In this article, we’ll explain the rules and how to remain compliant to ensure better safety and avoid costly penalties.

Topics: Trucking Business
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How to File for a Fuel Tax Credit

By Kira Odlozil on Feb 1, 2022 8:52:06 AM

Did you know that as a business owner, you could be eligible for a fuel tax credit? If you’re buying fuel for your vehicles and equipment that are used in certain business activities, those gallons could be considered "nontaxable use" by the Internal Revenue Service. For many business owners, a fuel tax credit is a welcome financial benefit. Just like other business expenses that can be used to reduce taxable income, fuel is a business expense that should be carefully reviewed for potential tax credits. We’ll explain which activities qualify, how to file and what information you’ll need to get started.

Topics: IFTA/Taxes
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