We all know credit and debit cards. They are part of our daily lives. In fact, some of us rarely use cash for any purchases anymore. But what is a fuel card? Well, a fuel card is a payment card primarily used to buy diesel fuel. You can also use a fuel card to access cash and pay for other trucking related products and services, according to the controls set by the fleet owner. But wait a minute, is a fuel card the same thing as a gas credit card? No. While you could certainly use a regular gas credit card to purchase diesel fuel, you would be missing out on two key benefits of having a fuel card – savings per gallon of diesel and security controls. So, we’re about to walk you through the features and benefits of having a fuel card for truckers and trucking companies.
Practice, prevention, and preparation. Those three words can be applied as a solution to almost anything in life and especially in relation to a trucking company. What are some ways that being prepared can pay off for your trucking company? There are probably thousands but today we’re going go over insurance, accidents, and roadside assistance. They all go hand-in-hand and if you’re not properly prepared for one, they can lead to damaging impacts on your trucking company.
Fuel – it’s the juice that keeps trucks running. If you’re going to haul money-making loads to keep your trucking company successful, you need diesel fuel to get you from origin to destination. It’s a simple equation, but have you ever stopped to wonder the details of diesel fuel? Have you thought about the weight of diesel fuel? What about the fuel weight of a full tank of diesel? Does diesel weigh more depending on the outside temperature? How does that weight of diesel fuel impact your truck weight, especially when it’s time to hit the scale? Don’t you worry, we have answers to those questions and more.
The TCS Fuel Card can be tailored to help trucking companies manage their fleet and stay in control of security measures. What’s most important about having the TCS Fuel Card? Well, certainly saving money on fuel is at the top of the list. So is making sure that there are limits on fuel, cash, products, and services.
TransConnect Services (TCS) is a proud partner of the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and we gladly attended their fourth annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo last month. This conference is designed with transportation, logistics, supply chain, and other trucking industry professionals in mind. It was centered around providing helpful information and networking opportunities, promoting personal growth and empowerment, and having fun. We’re going to discuss this year’s conference and why you should add it to your list for 2019.
Once upon a time, getting your truck weighed was tedious work. As a trucker, whether running a trucking company or working as an owner-operator, you must comply with maximum weight restrictions. And that’s when you refuel, too. Your truck still must meet those weight restrictions even with a full tank.
Truck maintenance, specifically truck repairs, takes a huge chunk out of a trucking company’s annual budget. Next to fuel and purchasing a truck, it is the costliest aspect of running a trucking business. Repairs and maintenance swallow up about 10 percent of overall expenses, according to Truck Driver Institute. We’re talking about 12 cents per mile and $15,000 annually for airline/hoses, alternators, wiring, and brakes.
Trucking Takes A Village: The WIT and TCS Connection The phrase, “it takes a village” applies to just about anything in the trucking industry. It takes a village to run a trucking company. It takes a village to find, book,…