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The Importance of Air Compressor Maintenance

Nov 11, 2021 7:59:01 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in BIT Air Scale, Blue Ink Technology, Maintenance

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Carl noticed something after he got a set of Air Scale on his truck. His readings were inaccurate and then, eventually, both Air Scale stopped working. 

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Is your 3G ELD about to be obsolete?

Nov 1, 2021 8:20:46 PM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, trucking, FMCSA

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As the trucking industry continues to change and develop with the best of technology, the old and antiquated is simply unneeded. It’s time to say goodbye to 3G networks. Mobile carriers announced devices using the 3G networks will be out of service and, now, more improved networks will now be used, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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Simple Steps to Switching ELD Providers

Oct 26, 2021 11:36:44 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, business management, DataQ, HOS

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There isn't much worse than not getting value out of something you've paid for and are required by law to have. When the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate was implemented it left truck drivers with few options and even fewer ways to deal with it. Selecting the wrong ELD provider is one of the main problems with ELD.

An ELD provider should keep the driver's best interest a priority. Those priorities include making sure their ELD is easy-to-use, there's a knowledgeable support team ready for any questions they have, and there are no hidden or extra costs to any services provided.  

There are a number of reasons carriers and drivers are ready to switch ELD providers. Some of those top stresses include:

1. Equipment malfunctions and failures

2. Poor customer service

3. Costly and lengthy contracts

So what should you do when you’re ready to drop your provider and get a better one?

First things first, plan ahead at least 60-90 days. You want to make sure that you have plenty of time to vet new ELDs before you existing contact is going to end so you can easily make the transition.

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7 Easy Ways to Thank a Truck Driver

Oct 14, 2021 3:24:21 PM / by Tiffney Lopez

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We have what we need because a truck driver brought it to us. Starting September 12th through the 18th, we celebrate the men and women whose days are long, and nights are even longer. 

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What you need to know about IFTA

Oct 11, 2021 3:01:44 PM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in Fuel, IFTA

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What is IFTA? 

The International Fuel Tax Agreement started in 1983. It's an agreement between Canada and the contiguous United States (the lower 48).

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Getting the Most out of Your ELD Provider

Oct 5, 2021 11:49:15 AM / by Tiffney Lopez

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You deserve quality customer service

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The Importance of the Daily Vehicle Inspection Record

Oct 1, 2021 8:10:14 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs

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The Daily Vehicle Inspection Record is done each day that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is in use. The driver of that vehicle does this to ensure the safety of the truck before it hits the road.

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How to Recap your Cycle Hours

Sep 23, 2021 11:27:54 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in Hours of Service

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Ralph wants to get home to his family as soon as possible, but he has hundreds of miles to go and needs to figure out how to avoid a 34-hour reset so he's not stuck in his truck unable to move. 

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Using the sleeper split to get more miles out of your 14 hours

Sep 17, 2021 11:21:43 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, sleeper berth, HOS

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Rob began driving a truck a few years ago, after the ELD mandate started. He hauls general freight and is very good about keeping up with his Hours of Service. But after the updated Hours of Service rules in 2020, he got a little bit confused on how he could use his sleeper berth split.

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Keeping your Permit Book Electronically

Sep 8, 2021 11:39:34 AM / by Tiffney Lopez

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Whether you're new to trucking or a seasoned driver, it's always handy to know what documentation you should always have with you. 

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