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Top 10 Traffic Bottlenecks for Truckers
Nobody likes to sit in traffic. The word alone makes everybody cringe. But for truckers, sitting in traffic means they’re losing money. So, the best thing to do is avoid high congestion highways that spell a revenue loss for hard working men and women hauling loads. The American Trucking Research Institute (ATRI) put together their list of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country for 2023. We give you the top 10, a few highlights from ATRI’s top 100 traffic bottlenecks reports, and helping driving tips if you and your rig get caught idle on the highway. 
May 16, 2023
Phishing is the most common type of cybercrime with an estimated 3.4 billion spam emails sent every day. In fact, nearly half (45%) of all emails sent in 2021 were identified as spam. These are fraudulent attacks that threaten the livelihood of businesses and individuals. So how do you protect yourself from phishing? How do you avoid becoming a cybercrime victim? We have a list of tips and best practices for you so that you aren’t the latest target of cyber criminals. We also tell you how the TCS Fuel Card works hard to combat cybercrime. 
March 8, 2023
IFTA Reports
It’s IFTA time for truckers. Quarterly reports for the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) are a four- times-a-year requirement for trucking companies and owner-operators. If you haul loads from state to state, you file IFTA reports. Get the deadline dates and learn how the TCS Fuel Card can make filing easier.
December 15, 2022
Fuel Prices
Fuel prices in 2022 affected owner-operators and trucking companies hauling loads every day. So, it’s no surprise that trucking industry professionals responding to the ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute) Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry 2022 survey unanimously chose fuel prices as the #1 ranking issue. They also chose three counterstrategies to help control rising fuel prices. In addition, there was a first-ever issue in the rest of the Top 10 and a few other unexpected results. We give you a summary breakdown of the ATRI report.
December 6, 2022
Skimming and Fraud
Fuel card skimming and fraud are both on the rise across the country. That means TCS Fuel Card clients need to be vigilant every time they pump diesel. Because security is our top priority, we put together tips to avoid card skimming right at the truck stop. We also offer a few points on what we see as the common signs of fuel card fraud. To protect yourself, we explain the TCS Fuel Card security controls and our Cardless Fueling feature at TA®, Petro Stopping Centers®, and TA Express®. There you don’t need a physical card at all, so it eliminates the risk of card skimming and fraud.
November 16, 2022
5 Fuel-Saving Tips for Owner-Operators
With recent changes in fuel prices, filling up at the pump is more intimidating than ever and that’s only one of the tasks on your plate. As an owner-operator, you juggle various other expenses like insurance, taxes, and maintenance. Thankfully,…
November 8, 2022
9 Fuel-Saving Tips for Fleets
It’s an understatement to say that fuel is a significant expense for fleet managers. It makes up a notable portion of the budget for trucking businesses of any size. If you’re looking for a way to save money on fuel,…
November 8, 2022
Kwik Trip Joins TCS Fuel Discount Network
TCS Fuel Welcomes Kwik Trip and Kwik Star to Growing Discount Network Carriers can now save money at the diesel pump at more than 1,500 truck stops nationwide MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – TransConnect Services (TCS), an industry leader in over-the-road fleet…
September 15, 2022
With today’s unsteady fuel prices, filling up at the pump can seem pretty scary for your trucking company’s fuel budget. Using fuel is unavoidable — your small business and drivers’ livelihoods depend on driving trucks from point A to point…
September 7, 2022
It’s a simple equation: You own a trucking company + you haul loads + you purchase fuel to haul those loads = you pay fuel taxes. That means you file quarterly International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reports. If you’ve never filed IFTA reports, or if you keep stumbling your way through them, we have answers to frequent questions about filing – what you need, where to get it, what are the deadlines, and where to file.
June 24, 2022