3 Questions to Improve Your Time Management

With all the time you spend on the road, we know you’d like life to be a bit easier. Whether you’re a greenhorn or a trucking master, there’s a lot to learn for time management and transportation.

How can you manage your time better while on the road? Start by asking yourself these questions.

How Can I Rule the Road?

Planning your route is smart, but we don’t mean just finding the fastest way to your destination. By route planning, we mean taking a logistical approach to where you are going, what time you’ll get there, and at what time you’ll be headed through potential trouble areas. Basically, if you know you’ll be traveling through Atlanta during rush hour traffic, you can change your route before you ever get near the ATL. You’ll save tons of time and gain more opportunities by avoiding rush hour traffic jams!

Want to save some more time on deliveries? Get loaded early! If you get to your appointments early and get loaded or unloaded ahead of schedule, you’ll build up a strong momentum that can carry you through your route ahead of time. Just make sure you don’t push yourself into the danger zone—you still need to sleep when you get tired. After you deliver your loads early, you have enough time to get to a rest stop before the evening rush. Don’t get stuck looking for a parking spot!

How Can I Get More Time for Taxes?

Speaking of time management, are you ready for your tax deadlines? Whether you’re running behind or you want to find the most deductions you can, ExpressExtension is the way to go. With their safe and secure website, you can get instant approval and up to 6 months of automatic extension in just a few moments.

And hey, March 15th is the deadline for business tax extension Form 7004! E-file IRS Form 7004 to receive an automatic 5 or 6 month tax extension. All you need to do is gather key information, like your business name, address and Tax-ID/EIN. Make sure your information matches what the IRS has on record! We’re still a few months away, but personal tax extension Form 4868 is due on April 18, 2016. This will extend your filing deadline to October 17, 2016.

How Does Extra Tax Time Help Me?

You don’t want to be hit with any late filing penalties. The late filing penalty is generally 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of month it is late, up to 25% of your unpaid tax. If the return is more than 60 days late, the minimum penalty is $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax, whichever is smaller.

We know the 1st Quarter IFTA deadline is still a good amount of time away, but it’s never too early to start planning your return! In fact, consider a professional management system like TruckLogics for better time management and record management.

With great time management, you’ll discover a whole new level of productivity in your work! If you have any questions, give our dedicated, live customer support team a call at 704.234.6005.

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