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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Shocking Truth About Trucking Fuel & Taxes

Want to know the secrets of trucking fuel?


Of course you do, you’re a trucker!

Well, Trucking Nation, we’ve collected a few fuel tips that can help you squeeze some cash out from your coffers, and make your IFTA reporting a breeze.

Take It Easy


According to Mario Enriquez, a 61-year-old native of El Paso, he takes it easy as he drives. Instead of gunning the engine, he gradually gives it gas.

By taking it easy, you don’t burn through as much fuel with a big push. You build up momentum, and your truck does the work with you.

Avoid heavy braking the same way you’d avoid gunning the gas—a natural buildup will support your vehicle’s fuel reserves. Build towards your braking, reducing your stop as you can (barring an emergency).

Plan Ahead


Another secret is to plan ahead. If you know your route and the trouble areas for traffic, you can stay moving and avoid killing your fuel.

Honestly, the best way to do that is with TruckLogics and ProMiles!

TruckLogics has integrated with ProMiles to bring you the most accurate professional routing available.

With TruckLogics, you can calculate pay with deductions, reimbursements, or advances in a fraction of the time. Plus they have one-click Trip Sheets and fast IFTA filings!

Healthy Tires


And you’re probably tired of hearing about tires.

We know, we know. Terrible pun. But good tire health will make a huge difference for your rig and your fuel efficiency.

Keep them inflated at the right pressure. If you run loads with underinflated tires, you’re risking the tires overheating and flexing. That leads to tires blowing out!

Keep them healthy. Check them often.

Generate IFTA with Ease


You’ve probably Googled around looking for IFTA shortcuts before and came across a different result for almost every single state. Because yeah, almost every single state handles IFTA in a different way.

That’s because fuel taxes are different depending on your home state, which is why your fuel tax report is tied to your base jurisdiction.

Reporting your fuel taxes used to be a huge pain, but the International Fuel Tax Agreement simplified things. State reporting can still differ, like Illinois for example.

Every quarter, the IFTA system updates the fuel rates for each base jurisdiction. You can plan ahead with a fuel tax app, or let a tax preparation service handle your report.

So what is the shocking truth about trucking fuel and fuel taxes?

It’s that IFTA reporting isn’t difficult. The truth is, it’s simple to report your fuel taxes with ExpressIFTA.

ExpressIFTA lets you use Trip Sheets to input trip specific details, Quick Entries for entering details as you go, and GPS Upload for easy record uploading.

Basically, generating an IFTA report is shockingly easy.

If you have any questions, our awesome support team is here to help! Send us an email at Support@ExpressIFTA.com.



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