Friday, June 15, 2012

Let TSNA handle your Form 2290 filing for the upcoming tax 2012/2013 tax year

The 2012/2013 filing period for Form 2290 (Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return) is fast approaching. The tax year runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.  The filing period opens July 1, 2012 with the August 31, 2012 deadline.  Good news, there is no tax increase!!!  You will want to be prepared because there are serious penalties and interest for failing to file returns or pay taxes when due. Let TSNA take the paperwork out of your way so you won’t  miss the August 31st deadline to file your Form 2290!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Texting While Driving Banned in Ohio

On June 1, 2012, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a new law that prohibits text messaging while driving, making Ohio the 39th state to do so. The District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands also ban text messaging by all drivers. 

The 11 states that have yet to ban text messaging by all drivers are Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.  Of these states, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas have partial bans.

So far, the following ten states, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia prohibit all handheld cell phone use while driving, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands. 

These laws are constantly changing, so play it safe out there when you get behind the wheel!
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Advice I Wish I Received When I First Started Truck Driving

Whether you are a new or experienced trucker, here’s something you may interesting/entertaining that I found on

Last week I asked the members of our truckers forum to think back on their careers. If they could travel back in time to when they first started driving, what advice would they give themselves? Their answers are below, covering a range of subjects and opinions.

  • Relax, don’t let the stupid crap cars and trucks do around you get your blood pressure up. After I realized this trucking became a lot more enjoyable.
  • Going faster doesn’t make you a better driver.
  • Don’t let other big mouth CB cowboys get to you on the radio. If some flatbed owner op comes along in the hammer lane doing 71 and a half mph on the radio cursing because everyone is in his way, turn the radio off and realize you’re not going slow, he is speeding.
  • Take it easy. That means let people in, don’t sweat other people cutting you off, don’t let the little things get to you, don’t be in a hurry (always a bad idea).
  • Don’t let those 4-wheelers behind you make you begin to panic and make you lose focus. They live here, you don’t. They know where they’re going. You don’t. They can always go around you.
  • Always pay attention. Be very patient.
Docking and Parking
  • Good, consistent backing ONLY comes with experience
  • I kick myself now for kicking myself back then for messing up backing. I realize now that I was just learning.
  • If that last open parking spot looks like it could be a pain to back in to, it probably is. Go find somewhere else to park and leave that spot for someone who either has better skills or worse judgement.
  • If you see a job that “might be for you”, go for it, don’t hang on the fence second guessing everything.
  • The grass ain’t greener on the other side of the fence..Get your experience, get on with a good company and stay there!..Don’t get a reputation as a job hopper.
  • Far as starter companies are concerned,the grass is never greener on the other side.
  • Even if you are right out of school, you don’t have to go over the road with a crappy company to make a living driving.
  • As far as making money goes, this is the golden rule: It’s what you haul, not where you haul.
Safety and Regulations
  • Don’t let dispatchers push you to run illegal. Running too hard will eventually catch up to you and when you get involved in an accident the company will disavow any knowledge that you were running hard, violating the HOS reg at your dispatchers request. In short you will be thrown under the bus and replaced. WE ARE ALL REPLACEABLE. Toughest lesson I have ever had to learn.
  • I wouldn’t of let dispatchers bully me into running and running.
  • I would have looked for something closer to home so I could see my kids grow up and not miss birthdays and holidays… that was the toughest part of my career.
  • Your kids and your wife should always come first. Unless, of course, you don’t like your family. Then, stay out as long as you want, but then, you should do something about not liking your family.

Attitude and Dealing With Others
  • No matter how much you hate your dispatcher/FM/DM (or whatever your company calls them)…keep them happy. They can and will…make you or break you.
  • The desire to express your frustration with some of the people we associate with is understandable, however if you are patient and kind, time will usually weed out the whiners and reward hard work.
  • Develop a sense of humor, if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, this business will chew you up and spit you out.
Health and Diet
  • Don’t eat the corn dogs, they’re addictive
  • Eat healthy from the get go, not 5 years into your career.
  • Eat healthier and watched the truckstop food from day 1 not years later
  • I wish I would have taken better care of my body. Eat better food and exercise more.
  • I wish I wouldn’t have kept jumping off of my flatbed trailers, especially after the old guys warned me that I would regret it later.
  • Don’t change everything on the truck to make it ride smoother. Don’t change the springs, shocks, alignment, tires, seat, wheel balance, etc. Instead, trade trucks.
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Friday, June 1, 2012

IRP staggered registration transition

From the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Beginning with the registration year 2013, The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Vehicle and Motor Carrier Services will implement a staggered registration process as provided in Senate File 2216, signed by Governor Branstad on April 19, 2012.

Check out the announcement made to all Iowa IRP registrants on May 21, 2012.
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