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Monday, February 12, 2018

Learn To Save On Enormous Trucking Expenses

TSNAmerica shares ho to save on trucking expenses

Driving a rig comes with major trucking expenses, which is why new owner operators can fail before they even get started. You have to plan before starting your trucking career because it’s not something you can fake until you make it.

New drivers don’t have instant, overnight success, but by taking the time to create a business plan that accurately reflects your expenses you can make it as a successful road warrior. Check out major trucking expenses your business can save on.

Learn To Save On Enormous Trucking Expenses 


Lodging and Meals

Life on the road is expensive. Buying fast food and sleeping in motels can quickly add up. Instantly save on lodging costs by options to sleep in your rig. With comfortable bedding, you’ll sleep like a baby.

Then make the healthy, cost-effective choice to cook in your rig. By having a few groceries to cook your own dinners you’ll quickly save tons of money. You can also purchase your snacks in bulk and take them with you on the road. This way you don’t have to buy expensive options every time you get hungry.

Don’t forget to accurately calculate your Per Diem, the daily deduction for life on the road. This will give you a lot of money back at the end of the year when you file your personal tax return, or you can use the TAP app to handle it all for you.

Fuel

Fuel is your number one expense, so it’s pretty beneficial to learn how to save. Sure, you can get paid more to travel more miles, but you will also cut the major expense of fuel by simply slowing down a little. You will save about 27% of fuel by going 65 mph instead of 75.

Also, it’s good to gradually speed up and come to slow stops instead of mashing the pedal and slamming on your breaks. Reduce idling time as much as you can at truck stops, but still, make sure your truck warms up.

Plus, it’s good to avoid rush hour traffic and heavily congested areas that will have you stuck in stop and go traffic for hours. Try to drive at night or plan routes that avoid downtown areas.

Maintenance


You can’t truck without your beloved truck! You need to take care of it now to prevent expensive problems from popping up later. Trust us, by taking the time to take care of your truck now, you’ll save time, money, and hassle.
TSNAmerica promotes trucker health

Don’t skip out on the little things such as checking your fluid levels, looking at your belts and tubes for signs of wear and cracks, get your tires rotated, change your oil, and more. If your truck breaks down, you won’t know how long you’ll be without it and your income will be put on hold until you can make deliveries again. 

Take Care of Yourself

You need to be able to drive your truck to make loads. You can’t do that if you’re injured or sick. Be sure to get the proper nutrition to fight off colds and get the proper exercise to prevent yourself from developing health conditions.

Trucking can lead to an extremely unhealthy lifestyle if you let it, and you don’t want to foot the insurance bills due to developing conditions like sleep apnea, heart diseases, cancer, and more. Take every opportunity to move around and make healthy eating decisions whenever you can.

Happy Truckin’


Trucking is one of the most rewarding careers out there, even though it’s expensive and can take awhile to get your business off the ground. With the right preparation and persistent hard work, you’ll make it up there with the top road veterans!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

How To Sleep Like A Trucking Baby OTR

TSNAmerica knows the importance of trucker health


When transitioning into the trucking industry, one of the hardest challenges can be getting enough sleep. We’ve all had days where we toss and turn all night and end up pretty grumpy at work the next day, however trucking tired is much worse.

Driving for hours is already exhausting, so not being able to get solid rest will only add to that frustration. We don’t want you to suffer, that’s why we’re here with a list of expert tips on how to sleep like a baby OTR.

How To Sleep Like A Trucking Baby OTR


First of all, we will let you know how important a good night of rest is by reminding you of the dangers of sleep deprivation. Driving tired is the equivalent of driving drunk! Plus, being tired leads to being confused and stressed.

Being tired also leads to slower reaction times and increased aggression. It also can lead to health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, a weakened immune system, and much more.

To feel good, rested, and alert, you really need to catch the suggested 7 to 8 hours of Zs a night, so how do you do that in a truck?

Make it more comfortable by getting quality sleeping materials. Invest in a comfortable cab mattress that will support your back and don’t forget to pick a nice pillow too. Investing in proper bedding will make a major difference for your trucking career.

Have the right blankets and sheets for the season. Pick warm flannel sheets in the winter and cooler sheets in the summer. Also, make sure you have a heater if you need one, it’s hard to sleep when you’re too cold.
TSNAmerica shares the dangers of truckers driving tired

Trucking schedules will have you up drivng and sleeping at all hours. If you need to sleep during the day then make sure your rig is dark enough. Get blackout curtains to block out sunlight and bright parking lot lights at night.

Also, the glow of electronics could keep you up, so remember to turn them off before you lay down. You could also spend a few dollars on a comfortable sleeping mask to block out every source of light around you.

It can be very noisy at truck stops so if you’re a light sleeper be sure to get earplugs or noise canceling headphones to silence everything. However, if you can’t sleep if it’s too quiet then get a fan or use a white noise app on your phone.

You also need to park in the right location. If you pull off on the side of the road the vibrations of passing vehicles could shake your rig all night, and you might not feel safe or comfortable. Be sure to park at a well-lit truck stop. Investing in a parking spot in advance is worth it.

Sometimes it can be too hard to stop driving and go right to sleep, so give yourself some time to unwind. Talk a walk, stretch, read a book, or call your spouse to relax. Just avoid stimulants like gaming and bright screens.

You will also want to keep your cab nice and tidy. If there's a weird smell or huge mess it could keep you awake by bothering you on a subconscious level. Trust us, taking the time to get rid of clutter in your bunk makes a difference.

Good Night Trucker


By taking a moment to put a little effort into getting better rest you’ll realize how much of a major difference a great night of sleep makes. Your mind, energy, and health will be boosted so you can better focus on safe driving. Don’t be that grumpy trucker who is actually just tired!

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