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Monday, December 28, 2015

End of 4th Quarter--Time for ExpressIFTA Again!

Well, Trucking Nation, the 4th quarter of 2015 is drawing to a close, and that means just one thing — time to get those IFTA returns ready again. The IFTA 4th quarter runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, and so returns for the 4th quarter will be due January 31, 2016.

ExpressIFTA Is Ready to Help

But no need to worry, because ExpressIFTA is here, ready to help, as usual. If you’re already an ExpressIFTA customer and you’ve been entering your fuel and mileage records as you go, all you’ll need to do is generate your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA, and you’ll be all set to e-file! Even if you haven’t been keeping your fuel and mileage
records up-to-date in ExpressIFTA, it’s a very quick, simple process to enter that information and get you on your way.

If you’re new to ExpressIFTA, you’ll just need to create an account, enter your fuel and mileage records, and you’re good to go!

ExpressIFTA Makes Your Life Easier

Not only does ExpressIFTA help you prepare your IFTA return, we allow you to keep your fuel and mileage records in one convenient place. And when it’s time to file your return, you’ll have all the information you need ready to go!

If you want to see how much IFTA tax you’ll have to pay, our handy Fuel Tax Calculator shows you exactly what your IFTA tax is, without having to make any difficult calculations.

And even if your state requires you to e-file your IFTA return, we’ve got all your bases covered.

Our IFTA experts are ready to take your calls and chat via the web Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our phone number is 704.234.6005, and you can get started on our web chat by clicking on the “Chat with Us” icon in the top right hand corner of our website. We’re also available 24/7 via email at support@expressifta.com.

You can join the IFTA conversation on social media by tweeting at us on Twitter and posting on our Facebook page. We always love reading your tweets and posts, and interacting with you on social media. Your stories and thoughts are welcomed, and encouraged!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

An ExpressIFTA Christmas

Well, the big day is almost here, Trucking Nation. Christmas is just a few days away. And however you celebrate the holiday, we really hope yours is filled with love and joy. Whether you’re on the road, or home with family and friends, we wish you the merriest of Christmases.

Holiday Availability

Our offices will be closed Thurs. 12/24, and Fri. 12/25, so that we may celebrate the holiday as well. We will be available by email for emergencies through the weekend, resuming our regular hours on Mon. 12/28. You can reach us at support@expressifta.com during this time should you have any ExpressIFTA emergency.

4th Quarter Ending

A friendly reminder that the 4th quarter for IFTA purposes is coming to an end Dec. 31, and now is a great time to get your fuel and mileage records together ahead of the Jan. 31 filing deadline. Don’t forget to come back to ExpressIFTA as the deadline approaches to generate your IFTA return. And our IFTA experts are normally available over the phone at 704.234.6005, through web chat, and anytime by email, to help you through any difficulties you might have with navigating the IFTA waters.

We love it when you share your stories and ideas with us, and now this is even more the case. Post on our Facebook page and tweet at us on Twitter whatever holiday anecdotes or thoughts you may have. A healthy give and take is essential to our providing you with the absolute best service anywhere.

May the peace of Christmas fill you and your loved ones’ lives and hearts and bring you the happiest of holidays!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Fuel Optimization

Who doesn’t like to save money on fuel? Fuel costs are a huge part of trucking, let’s face it. But since you spend so much on fuel, there’s also the potential to save a lot of money in this area as well. Fuel optimization is perhaps the best way to accomplish this.

How Do Fuel Optimizers Work?

Fuel optimization programs help you get the most bang for your fuel buck. By analyzing various factors that influence fuel costs, these programs recommend the best choices for purchasing fuel for a given driver on a given route. Let’s take a closer look at how these programs work.

There are several factors that fuel optimization programs analyze in determining the best fuel-buying choices. Chief among these are:
  • Amount of fuel in the truck’s tank
  • Fuel prices along a certain route
  • Expected gallons burned & average MPG
  • Total IFTA tax, if any
Using at all these variables, fuel optimization programs then figure out a driver’s best options according to various calculations. Drivers or dispatchers are then ready to make their best informed fuel buying decisions.

TruckLogics Gives You Fuel Optimization and So Much More

TruckLogics, the only web-based trucking management solution designed exclusively for transportation professionals, contains a fuel optimizer as part of its Travel Planner. Travel Planner is a feature of ProMiles, and also includes a route optimization program that, together with the fuel optimizer, presents drivers with all the tools they need to plan the perfect run, down to all the details. You’ll not only be able to make the best fuel purchase decisions, but also be provided with information such as toll charges, how long a trip will take (both with and without stops), and even an overall route plan.

ExpressIFTA gives you the tools you need to take care of your IFTA needs, just as Travel Planner provides you with everything you need to plan the best run every time.

Our IFTA experts here at ExpressIFTA are ready help you with any questions or concerns you may have about preparing your IFTA return. Call us at 704.234.6005 or email us any time at support@expressifta.com.

Have an interesting story or idea you’d like The Trucking Nation to know about? Post it on our Facebook page, or Tweet it at us on Twitter. All your stories and feedback help us make sure we’re giving you the best service possible.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Having a Pet in Your Rig

Who doesn’t love a pet? They make us smile, keep us company, and, in some cases, keep us safe. Just because your home away from home is the cab of a rig, doesn’t mean you can’t have a pet. Lots of drivers have them, and if the experience of those with pets in their rigs means anything, there are lots ways to have fun with a pet on the road.

Man’s Best Friend

Dogs seem to be the most common pets for truckers, even though cats are the most numerous pets in the U.S. (Fish outnumber them all, almost 2 to 1 on dogs. Not the best pet for a rig, though). Dogs provide companionship and even security for their truck driving owners. Dogs can be so enthusiastic about anything, and that joy can’t help but rub off.

But before you rush out and get a puppy, there are a few things to consider (we’re all about responsible pet ownership). You’ll need to be sure to plan extra time for bathroom breaks and walks for Fido. He doesn’t like holding it too long, and you won’t like it when he doesn’t. And something you might not think of: the water at most fuel islands isn’t potable, or drinkable. No big deal, everybody carries bottled water these days; but again, you’ll need to do a little extra planning.

The Cat’s Meow

If you’re not a dog person, a cat is a good option. Everyone knows cats are much lower maintenance than dogs. Cats are so relaxing, because they tend to be laid back (well, most of them). And cats give you the benefits of having some company without being up in your business 24/7.

Again, there’s a few things to think about if you want a kitty riding shotgun. Litter box considerations are chief among these. The best suggestion we’ve seen is industrial strength velcro to hold the litter box in place. (One quick slam of the brakes will make a believer of anyone.) And, again, there’s the water deal.

All Creatures Great and Small

But dogs and cats are by no means the only possibilities for in-cab critters. Birds, with their wings clipped and cages properly secured, make great road buddies. Some will even talk to you! Some drivers have even been know to keep lizards in their rigs, (again, securing the tank is key) and we’ve even heard a story about a tiger showing up at a service plaza in Pennsylvania. Can’t confirm that one, though.

At ExpressIFTA, we love sharing ideas that will make your life on the road more enjoyable. This includes helping you with your IFTA forms. Our support team is ready to answer your calls at 704.234.6005, and your emails at support@expressifta.com.

We can’t wait to hear your stories about the pets that live with you in your rigs. Tweet at us on Twitter and post on our Facebook page anything that you think The Trucking Nation community would enjoy hearing about. And remember to keep those furry (or not so furry) friends comfortable when it’s cold out. They’ll love you even more for it.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Dealing with Boredom on the Road

There can be a common perception among those who don’t drive a truck for a living that being on the road all the time must be boring. But most truckers find just the opposite to be true. They report that driving on our nation’s roads is a never ending, fascinating adventure.

These truck drivers feel that they’re always doing something, whether it’s straining every nerve controlling 80,000 pounds along the road, or fighting traffic (especially “4-wheelers”). Weather, bad road conditions, and construction zones are other factors that constantly demand their full concentration. For most drivers, there’s no time to be bored.

As with most types of work, however, there can be periods that are tedious and repetitive. And what about those who do find some stretches of highway to be somewhat boring? Don’t worry, Trucking Nation, we’ve collected some tips from drivers who have dealt with some boredom along the road and how they’ve dealt with that.

Audio

Listening to Music- Perhaps the most common way that truck drivers choose to occupy their minds on the road. There are lots of alternatives today, including satellite radio and streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.

Listening to Audiobooks- Many truckers prefer this type of mental activity. Quite a few also like to learn new languages in this way as well. Ebooks are available for download or purchase. Ebooks.com is a great service for buying ebooks, and there are many free sites, such as Project Gutenburg.

Podcasts- This is another great way to stay alert. There’s a world of learning to be found among podcasts. You can also access our own Trucking Nation Podcast by clicking here.

Get Social

On Your Cell Phone- Nothing breaks up the monotony on the road like a friendly, familiar voice. Many truck drivers stay in touch with friends and family from their rigs.

On CB Radio- This communication format is becoming less and less popular as cell phones edge CB’s out, but can still be a fun way to pass the time and fight loneliness.

These are just some ways truckers choose to fight whatever boredom they may find on the road. ExpressIFTA frees up extra time for you by helping to make taxes less of a chore. With this extra time, you’ll have the luxury of deciding if you’re bored or not.

ExpressIFTA is available to answer your questions or concerns over the phone at 704.234.6005 or by email at support@expressifta.com. Tweet at us on Twitter and chat with us on Facebook about your experiences with boredom on the road. Engaging with you, Trucking Nation, is something we are fortunate to be able to do every day. And thanks for helping us continue to grow our business so we can serve you even better.

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