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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How to Spot Good Loads in Bad Markets

This blog was written by Chad Boblett for DAT. Boblett is the owner and driver of Boblett Brothers Trucking in Lexington, KY. He also founded the "Rate Per Mile Masters" group on Facebook.

I have been a spot market pirate for almost nine years. As a pirate, you want to get in and get the good stuff. This means I use lots of tools to know where the most demand is for the trailer I pull.

If you look at entire Lower 48 states as a whole, then you will find that most of the time the market is not flooded with more loads than trucks, but you will find that there is always a good market somewhere. And it’s always changing. This is what makes the spot market scary and exciting.

DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital marketplace for truckload freight.
Carrier trucking tips for spotting good loads in bad markets.

I have seen a polar vortex, an election year, and the ELD mandate bring raise and lower the demand for trucks drastically. In the second half of this year, tariffs could be another intensifier, followed by the 2020 election year. Just because a lot of markets are slow now doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way. But it does make you have to work harder to find the good stuff.

The best strategy is for your destination to be a stronger market than where your truck is located now. There are two tricks for figuring this out.

- Do a reverse load search for where you are now and where you want to go. Are there more loads coming in than going out of your destination market? If so, then these trucks will become empty and be your competition for your next load. In the DAT TruckersEdge dashboard, you can see the number of inbound loads versus outbound loads for every state.

- Check the load-to-truck ratio. Pretend you are a guy going to a bar to talk to women – Do you want to go to a bar with a lot of dudes or would you like to be one of the few trucks in town that can take care of business. This is the way I look at the truck to load ratio numbers. I want a lot of loads with fewer trucks, and I use the Hot Market Maps in DAT Power to find those markets.

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    Last Day! How To File Form 2290 For 2019 On Time

    The 2290 Form 2019 deadline is here. File online with ExpressTruckTax and pay your HVUT 2290 before the day is over.
    It’s almost over. After today, you won’t have to worry about IRS 2290 filing for a whole year!

    Hopefully, you’re already aware that today, September 3rd, 2019, is the deadline to file Form 2290 for 2019.

    You’re cutting it close, but luckily, if you file online, you can have your 2290 Form 2019 filed by the end of the day.

    Here are some last-minute Form 2290 instructions 2019 to guide you through the truck tax online filing process.

    IRS Form 2290 for 2019

    Tips for Filing IRS 2290 Fast

    File IRS Form 2290 fast by having your information prepared before you start. The best way to reduce IRS 2290 penalties is by filing as soon as possible, which requires some information.

    You’ll need: 

    -  Business Name & Address
    -  EIN (Employer Identification Number)
    -  VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
    -  Gross Taxable Weight
    -  Authorized Signatory Details

    Remember, an EIN is required for filing Form 2290 2019, you can no longer use your social security number.

    You’ll also want to double-check your VIN number to avoid delays. It should be 17 characters long, including both numbers and letters.

    IRS Form 2290 Penalties

    It’s critical that you file Form 2290 for 2019 by the end of the day to avoid heavy highway tax filing penalties.

    If you file IRS 2290 or pay your HVUT after the 2290 deadline, you’ll face these penalties:

    -  If you don’t file IRS Form 2290 for 2019 by the deadline, you’ll have to pay a penalty of 4.5% of the total HVUT 2290 tax amount due. This will increase monthly for up to 5 months.

    -  If you don’t pay your heavy highway tax by the deadline, you’ll have to pay a penalty of 0.5% of your HVUT 2290 tax amount, with additional interest of 0.54% per month.

    You may be able to avoid these Form 2290 2019 penalties if you can show the IRS reasonable cause for failing to file your IRS 2290 and pay your HVUT amount on time.

    Filing Your Truck Tax Online

    File Form 2290 for 2019 truck tax online with the leading IRS-authorized e-file provider, ExpressTruckTax.

    You’ll be done filing 2290 Form 2019 in just minutes, and you’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 shortly after.

    Don’t make this process longer than it needs to be. The Form 2290 2019 deadline is already here.

    Truckers hurry to file Form 2290 2019 heavy highway tax before the end of the day.ExpressTruckTax offers a quick solution for filing IRS Form 2290 for 2019 in no time.

    Simply create a free ExpressTruckTax account, enter the information discussed above, undergo a free instant error check, and transmit your Form 2290 2019 to the IRS.

    You’ll be done before you know it.

    ExpressTruckTax will send you your stamped Schedule 1 within minutes of filing your heavy highway tax.

    It’s that easy.

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    Saturday, August 31, 2019

    Why You Need to File Form 2290 for 2019 TODAY

    Truckers are approaching the Form 2290 for 2019 deadline.
    The Form 2290 due date is getting close!

    By now, there’s tons of content floating around about Form 2290 for 2019…

    There are plenty of different providers offering promo codes for filling, and various articles containing IRS 2290 instructions.

    So, what’s the truth? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Form 2290 2019 to file successfully, avoid IRS penalties, and keep the money in your pocket.

    The 101 On Form 2290 2019

    What’s the Deal With the Form 2290 Due Date?

    If you’ve been in the industry for a while, you’re probably used to the August 31st Form 2290 due date, but there’s another date being tossed around this year.

    Because August 31, 2019 is a Saturday, and the following business day is Labor Day, the IRS will officially accept 2290 Form 2019 up until September 3, 2019.

    Unfortunately, that extension doesn’t change the fact that the IRS and the postal office will be closed Monday, September 2nd.

    Therefore, it is critical that you file your Form 2290 2019 TODAY.

    Seriously, don’t put it off. Which brings me to… IRS penalties.

    If you file after September, 3rd (which I hope you don’t), you’ll face a penalty of 4.5% of your Form 2290 2019 tax amount, with additional interest of 0.54% per month.

    If you filed your Form 2290 for 2019 but did not pay your tax amount by the deadline, that penalty will be 0.5% of your total Form 2290 2019 tax amount, plus 0.54% interest per month.

    You may avoid penalties if you include a reasonable explanation for filing IRS Form 2290 for 2019 after the 2290 due date, but don’t count on it.

    What IRS 2290 Instructions do I Need to Start?

    Filing is simple, but before you start, gather all the information you’ll need to file 2290 Form 2019. It’ll speed up your process.

    Here’s how to know if you need to file:

    You’ll need to file if your vehicle has a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more and is driven on public highways.

    You can claim an exemption or suspension for your vehicle if it:

    -  Was used 5,000 highway miles or less during the tax period
    -  Is an agricultural vehicle and was used 7,500 miles or less during the tax period
    -  Was stolen or destroyed during the tax period
    -  Was sold during the tax period

    Here’s what you need to file:

    -  Your EIN (Employer Identification Number) –– NOT your Social Security Number
    -  Your business name and its address
    -  The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Hint: it’ll be 17 characters.
    -  Authorized Signatory Details
    -  Vehicle’s Gross Taxable Weight (how much it weighs when fully equipped for service, minus the weight of you and any loads).

    Next, we’ll talk about how to file.

    What’s the Fastest Way to File?

    Now you’re probably wondering, “Ok, how can I get this sh*t over with??”

    The fastest way to file Form 2290 for 2019 is online. The fastest way to file Form 2290 for 2019 without breaking the bank, however, is with ExpressTruckTax.

    ExpressTruckTax is the industry’s leading IRS-authorized e-file provider, and for good reason.
    Truck drivers need to file Form 2290 2019 soon before the 2290 due date.
    Plus, we’re here to help.

    Our Rock Hill, South Carolina based support team is here for you… Literally!

    We’re in the office all day today, Saturday, August 31, to answer all of your questions!

    Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (704) 234-6005.

    Now get to it!!

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    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Last Chance! File Your IRS 2290 Today

    Truckers hurry to file IRS 2290 Form 2019 before the impending Form 2290 due date
    Before you start making plans for Labor Day weekend, don’t forget that your Form 2290 for 2019 is due September 3rd, 2019.

    While you may be tempted to wait until the last minute, remember that the IRS will be closed for maintenance 8/31-9/2. File this week.

    Plus, if anything were to happen and your IRS is rejected, you’ll need the extra time to make corrections.

    It’s best to just act like the usual August 31st deadline is still in effect.

    Here’s how to file IRS Form 2290 before your holiday weekend.

    The Rundown on Form 2290 for 2019

    Form 2290 Due Date

    When is 2290 due? Let's reiterate: This year’s Form 2290 due date has been pushed back to September 3rd, 2019.

    The usual August 31st date falls on a weekend, and the following business day is a holiday - Labor Day.

    Therefore, Tuesday, September 3rd, is the deadline.

    I’ve heard plenty of people assume they’re too late and might as well just file later or paper file and accept the penalty.

    There’s literally no reason to do that. Filing IRS Form 2290 online before the Form 2290 due date is quick and painless. Plus, it’s affordable.

    You’ll save money and time - no negative side effects. 

    IRS Form 2290 Filing Tips

    If you want to make IRS 2290 filing the most efficient process possible, gather your information first.

    You’ll need your EIN, VIN, business information, vehicle’s gross taxable weight, authorized signatory details, and payment information.

    Then, file IRS 2290 online with an IRS-authorized e-file provider, such as ExpressTruckTax, the industry leader.

    Once you’ve created a free account, you’ll follow the simple steps of the ExpressTruckTax interview-style process, dedicated to making taxes easy.

    You can even complete these steps on your cell phone.

    Our system is dedicated to fitting IRS Form 2290 for 2019 into your busy life on the go.

    If at any point you have questions or get stuck, simply call our 100% US-based, live customer support team located in Rock Hill, SC.

    File 2290 Form 2019 on time. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

    The Quickest Way to File

    The IRS recommends online filing for quickness and ease of approval for Form 2290 for 2019.

    Not only will filing online help the IRS accept your 2290 Form 2019 within a reasonable amount of time, but it will also ensure that you receive a copy of your Schedule 1 Form 2290 quickly.

    Truck drivers are running out of time to file Form 2290 for 2019 before the 2290 due date.
    When you file online with ExpressTruckTax, you’ll receive your Schedule 1 Form 2290 just minutes after filing your 2290 Form 2019 with the IRS.

    Plus, you’ll have access to free VIN corrections and an instant error check, so you won’t have to worry about having to file IRS 2290 more than once.

    Take a moment and get it done with ExpressTruckTax!

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    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    Our American Truckers: Introducing the Backbone of the US

    Patriotic truck pays tribute to American truckers role in the trucking industry and American economy.
    Meet America’s trucking industry, the backbone of our country.

    Consumers across the U.S. rely on truckers to deliver their goods each day, often without a second thought as to where they came from.

    It’s time that changed.

    The American truck driver is responsible for transporting over 70% of total domestic tonnage each year.

    On top of that, the trucking industry employs 10 million people.

    We’re opening the curtains. Welcome to the life of a truck driver.

    The Life of a Truck Driver

    The “Our American Truckers” Series

    The “Our American Truckers” YouTube series was started in part to draw attention to truck drivers across the country.

    As part of the trucking industry, we appreciate our drivers and want the rest of the world to do the same.

    That’s why we’re working to draw back the curtain between American truckers and the consumers that rely on them.

    Our first episode featured Billy Cagle, a Wadesboro, NC truck driver for the entertainment industry.

    He talked about his introduction to the trucking industry and gave us a look at what his experience in the industry means to him.

    This time, for Episode 2, we spoke to Kennith Farrell, owner of KF Trucking right here in Rock Hill, South Carolina to get his take on everything trucking.

    The American Trucker

    Farrell spoke about how the trucking industry has changed over the years and the increasing demand for American truck drivers.

    “In America, without trucks,” he says, “we don’t have a country.”

    He’s right. America’s economy thrives off of the transportation industry and relies on ground transport of goods to remain in action.

    Farrell speaks on the ELD mandate, in particular, giving a personal insight on how ELD regulations directly affect drivers.

    Stepping into the life of a truck driver changes your outlook on certain things that may look different from the outside.

    Farrell explains why ELD regulations have changed the trucking industry and affected him personally. He also takes a moment to reminisce…

    “I got into it… I actually drove when I was 18 years old. I worked for a company called King Provision with my uncle delivering to Burger Kings,” he remembers.

    He didn’t think it’d be his career until his brother suggested that they invest in their own truck.

    The rest is history.

    Supporting the Trucking Industry

    At ExpressTruckTax, we work tirelessly to support truck drivers in every way we can.

    We understand that truck drivers are critical to our nation, which is why we try to make life simpler for you.

    ExpressTruckTax takes the paperwork off your plate so that you can focus on serving our nation’s economy as best you can.

    On top of that, you’ll always speak with a real, US-based team of people ready to help you when you need it.

    We’re looking out for you.

    And since we’re looking out… Have you filed IRS Form 2290 yet?

    The deadline is September 3rd, 2019. Avoid IRS penalties - Get started now!

    As the industry’s leading IRS-authorized e-file solution, we know how to save you time and money. We’ll have you done with filing in minutes. 

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    Form 2290 Instructions to Help You Meet the Deadline

    Truckers hurry to file their Form 2290 online before the IRS Form 2290 due date.
    It’s time to get moving - The Form 2290 due date is almost here!

    September 3rd, 2019 is the IRS 2290 Form 2019 filing deadline. 

    **Keep in mind that the IRS will be closed for maintenance 8/31-9/2. File this week.**

    File IRS Form 2290 now to avoid steep IRS penalties.

    Once you’ve filed your Form 2290 online, you’ll receive your Schedule 1, which acts as a receipt of your HVUT payment.

    This document is also necessary for many aspects of truck operation.

    If you haven’t completed your HVUT 2290 Form, check out these Form 2290 instructions for filing FAST!

    Everything You Need to Know to File IRS Form 2290 Fast

    The Best Way to File Form 2290 Online

    Despite the impending Form 2290 due date, you still have time. Filing Form 2290 online is easy.

    The IRS recommends filing your heavy highway use tax online for faster processing times.

    With ExpressTruckTax, you can file IRS 2290 fast AND receive your Schedule 1 minutes after filing. 

    It’s that simple, so what are you waiting for?

    Form 2290 Instructions

    Here are Form 2290 Instructions for Filing Online: 

    Step by step Form 2290 instructions make filing Form 2290 online before the HVUT Form 2290 due date easy.

    If you don’t have an account, register for free!

    Once you’re in, choose ‘Start New Return’.

    Fill out your business name, address, and EIN (Employee Identification Number).

    Then, enter vehicle information like first used month and tax year.

    After that, add vehicle details such as VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and taxable gross weight.

    ExpressTruckTax will calculate the heavy highway use tax amount you owe for you.

    You can go ahead and pay your HVUT amount at this time if you’d like.

    Then, you’ll receive a free instant error check to catch any basic mistakes.

    We make it easy to electronically sign your Form 2290 online using a 5-digit code.

    Once you’ve signed, transmit your 2290 Form 2019 securely directly to the IRS!

    It’s that easy.

    Get started today!

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    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    Almost out of Time! Avoid Penalties, File IRS 2290 Now

    Truckers speed into IRS 2290 filing, hurrying to file their 2290 highway use tax before the HVUT 2290 deadline.
    The IRS 2290 filing deadline is coming up on September 3rd, 2019.

    If you’re thinking of putting off filing IRS 2290 or waiting to pay your heavy vehicle use tax, I’m here to prepare you for the IRS penalties you can expect.

    Plus, we’ll go over how exactly to avoid those penalties while saving money and time.

    Let’s get started. 

    Everything You Need For IRS 2290 Filing

    IRS Form 2290 Filing Deadline

    As mentioned, the 2290 deadline is September 3rd, 2019.

    This is the deadline to file IRS Form 2290 and pay your 2290 tax amount.

    Failing to file and pay heavy vehicle use tax will result in penalties from the IRS. The penalty for failing to file IRS Form 2290 on time is 4.5% of the total highway tax 2290 amount you owe, with additional 0.54% interest each month.

    However, the penalty for filing your IRS Form 2290 but failing to pay your highway tax 2290 amount is 0.5% of the HVUT payment, substantially less than failing to file.

    The interest is the same.

    If you can’t afford to make your HVUT payment right this moment, file IRS Form 2290 anyway. 

    There’s no reason to miss the deadline. The whole process takes a matter of minutes and can be done from your phone.

    IRS 2290 Filing Tips

    Save time by gathering information before you dive in. Here’s what you need for IRS Form 2290 filing:

    -  EIN

    You must have an EIN to file IRS 2290. If you need one, you can try to get one from the IRS in time, but we suggest calling TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320.

    -  Business Information

    You’ll need to enter your business name and address at the beginning of your IRS Form 2290.

    -  VIN

    This is your Vehicle Identification Number, and should be 17 characters long.

    -  Authorized Signatory Details

    This is the 5-digit unique signature PIN you’ll need to use to sign your IRS Form 2290.

    -  Gross Taxable Weight

    Your vehicle’s gross taxable weight is its weight when fully equipped for service, minus the weight of you and the load. You can find this on your cab card or sticker inside the door.

    -  HVUT Payment Information

    Pay your HVUT 2290 tax amount online fast. Leading IRS-authorized e-file providers like ExpressTruckTax will offer multiple payment options, including credit card, direct debit, EFW (Electronic Funds Transfer), and EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System).

    Once you’re ready, choose an IRS-authorized online filing system. Filing IRS 2290 highway use tax online will save you loads of time and ensure that you receive your 2290 Schedule 1 fast

    The Quickest Way to File

    As mentioned, filing IRS 2290 and paying HVUT 2290 online will save you tons of time.

    The entire process takes minutes.

    IRS Form 2290 filing is coming to a close with the heavy vehicle use tax upcoming deadline.
    When you file IRS Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you’ll also receive your stamped Schedule 1 just minutes after filing your 2290 tax.

    You’ll also save time on potential HVUT rejection.

    ExpressTruckTax offers an instant IRS 2290 error check, and FREE VIN corrections in the event that you need to make a quick fix.

    We’re all about making taxes easy. Sign up for a free account and test it out for yourself.

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    Friday, August 23, 2019

    The Best Crash Course On Bandit Racing


    Check out the Bandit Big Rig Series race this weekend and find out who's the best trucker!
    Need something to do down south next weekend?

    Take a break from 2290 filing and explore the world of Bandit Truck Racing with the upcoming Bandit Truck Series race.

    Saturday, August 31 is the Bandit Big Rig Series race in Pensacola, Florida!

    New to Bandit Racing and have no idea what I’m talking about?

    Here’s everything you need to know about Bandit Racing and the Bandit Big Rig Series in particular.

    Let’s get started!

    Everything You Need to Know About Bandit Truck Racing

    What is Bandit Racing?

    Bandit Racing is essentially truck racing for the trucking industry.

    Each Bandit Truck Series offers a fun, family-oriented entertainment opportunity to watch the best truckers in action.

    Who knew truck driving could be so exciting!?

    Bandit Truck Racing is coined the “workin’ man’s race series”, with rules structured to make Bandit Racing trucks affordable and accessible. Essentially, you can’t buy a best trucker title.

    What is the Bandit Big Rig Series?

    The Bandit Big Rig Series runs from March 23rd to October 12th, with 12 truck racing events across the country.

    Bandit truck racing brings day-long hot shot trucking entertainment to trucking professionals, their families, and trucking enthusiasts alike.

    The Bandit Big Rig Series in particular focuses on big rig truck racing on short tracks across the United States. This series was designed to be affordable and accessible for anyone wishing to put together a race team.

    Details on the Upcoming Bandit Big Rig Series Race

    The Bandit Truck Series race coming up on August 31st will be held at the iconic Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.

    Kids 8 and under will get in free! VIP tickets, specialty seating, and discounts are available on the Bandit Truck Racing website.

    Bring the whole family out for a fun night of big truck racing!

    Each series race affects the competing truckers’ place amongst the competition. The previous race, held at Kalamazoo Speedway, saw Mark “The Wheelman” Noble capture his first 2019 victory.

    Noble is now only 20 points behind current leader and two-time defending champion, Ricky Rude.

    Big truck racing has been more exciting than ever this year, with 7 feature winners in 8 races. With only 3 races left in the season, the stakes are high!
    Bandit truck racing is fun for the whole family.
    Don’t let the excitement get to you just yet. 

    Before you head into a great weekend of hot shot trucking, take care of business with ExpressTruckTax.

    File your IRS Form 2290 in as little as 10 minutes and get the work out of the way before your big Bandit Truck Series weekend.

    Not that you can even call it work…! ExpressTruckTax makes filing easy with FREE VIN corrections, an easy-to-follow process, and an instant error check. You’ll be done with 2290 filing in no time.

    Already finished? Great! We’ll see you out on the track.

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    Thursday, August 22, 2019

    So, What's the Deal with the IRS 2290 Deadline?

    Truckers must file IRS 2290 by the 2290 filing deadline to avoid IRS penalties.
    If you’re reading this article, you probably know that you need to file your IRS 2290 soon.

    But did you know that the 2290 filing deadline is September 3rd, 2019, not the usual August 31st?

    Maybe you’re wondering why the 2290 deadline is different.

    Or perhaps you have some confusion surrounding filing IRS Form 2290 and paying your actual IRS 2290 payment.

    Better yet, you might be thinking about how much of a hassle this is, and wondering why it’s necessary in the first place.

    Well, you’re about to find out! I’m here to answer all of your IRS 2290 questions.

    Form 2290 Due Date

    Why September 3rd?

    Normally, the Form 2290 deadline is August 31st.

    This year, that date falls on a Saturday. The next business day would be Monday, September 2nd, but that’s Labor Day.

    Therefore, this year, the Form 2290 due date is September 3rd, 2019.

    You might be thinking about how lucky you are to get a couple extra days this year, but think again.

    As tempting as it may be to wait until the last minute, how likely are you to think about filing IRS 2290 and paying your 2290 highway use tax after a weekend and holiday…?

    Trust me. File today or, at the very latest, file August 30th. That way you’ll ensure that the 2290 deadline is met.

    Plus, if there are any issues or your IRS Form 2290 is rejected and you need to make corrections, you’ll have time to do so before the Form 2290 due date.

    I'm not asking much. If you file with an IRS-authorized e-file provider like ExpressTruckTax the whole process takes as little as 10 minutes.

    Seriously, just get it over with.

    What About the IRS 2290 Payment?

    So, you might’ve heard that if you can’t afford to pay your IRS 2290 payment right now, you should go ahead and file IRS Form 2290 anyway.

    This is true.

    Failing to file IRS Form 2290 by the 2290 filing deadline will result in a penalty of 4.5% of the 2290 highway use tax due. This will increase monthly for up to 5 months.

    However, the penalty for failing to pay your IRS 2290 payment is only 0.5% of your total tax amount, plus additional interest of 0.54% per month.

    Even if you can’t afford to pay your IRS 2290 payment right now, you should still file.

    If you file, but do not pay your full 2290 highway use tax amount, you’ll face a much lower penalty (0.5% compared to 4.5% of the total tax due).

    Maybe you can pay by September 3rd, but not by tomorrow.
    Truck drivers are required to file IRS Form 2290 and make their IRS 2290 payment by the Form 2290 due date. File today anyway.

    You don’t want to get stuck with a rejected return or worse, without a  2290 Schedule 1

    You may face unexpected penalties.

    You never know what could happen. Take a moment to file now.

    When Will I Get My 2290 Schedule 1?

    Your 2290 Schedule 1 is a huge part of why it’s so critical for you to file on time.

    An updated 2290 Schedule 1 is necessary for operation, including anything from renewing your tags to traveling internationally or renewing your IFTA license.

    If you file IRS 2290 online with ExpressTruckTax, you’ll get a copy of your 2290 Schedule 1 just minutes after IRS Form 2290 filing. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

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    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Everything You Need to Best Prepare for CVSA Inspections

    Truck driver prepares for CVSA Inspection Brake Safety Week.
    Almost 4 million commercial motor vehicle inspections occur across North America each year.

    As a truck driver, it’s important to stay prepared for CVSA inspections in order to remain in operation and maintain safety.

    The CVSA, or Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, creates inspection procedures and criteria to ensure truck driver safety on the road.

    There are various levels of CVSA inspections, but one of the biggest on the CVSA schedule is brake safety week.

    This year, CVSA brake safety week will occur September 15-21, 2019.

    Brake maintenance ensures truck driver safety and the safety of others on the road. Let’s go over some trucking regulations for brake safety week and other CVSA inspections.


    Brake Safety Week

    Brake Safety Week focuses on truck driver safety regulations regarding brake maintenance. This year, inspectors will pay special attention to brake hoses/tubing.

    Here is a CVSA inspection you can do yourself in preparation for brake safety week:

    1. Gather Tools

    You’ll need blocks, chalk, a small ruler, brake linings, and a brake application device.

    2. Prepare Truck

    Park on level road and place blocks behind your wheels. Check that air pressure is 90-100 psi and release parking brakes. Listen for air leaks.

    3. Inspect For...

    Rubbing/worn air hoses, air drum brake pad above ¼”, air disk brake above ⅛”, cracked pads/linings, excessive camshaft movement, and external brake drum cracks.

    4. Measure Push-Rod Travel Stroke

    Make chalk mark on each push-rod at rear of brake chamber and apply full brake application. Measure from chalk mark to rear of brake chamber and check results with the standards below:

    Brake Chamber Type & Size
    Max Travel Limit Allowed
    Short stroke 20 or 24 (round air port)
    Steer axles
    1.75 inches
    Short stroke 30
    Truck drives & Trailer axles
    2 inches
    Long stroke 20 or 24
    Steer axles
    2 inches
    Long stroke 30 (square air port)
    Truck drives & Trailer axles
    2.5 inches

    CVSA Schedule

    It is important to note that CVSA inspections are not always announced. For instance, an unannounced brake safety inspection swept the country earlier this year on May 15, 2019.

    Be sure to constantly inspect your truck and get routine maintenance done.

    Regardless of whether or not there’s an upcoming inspection planned, truck driver safety and the safety of those around you on the road is critical.

    You can find CVSA scheduled inspections on their website, but be prepared for unexpected inspections as well.

    A CVSA inspection called Safe Driver Week happens in the summer and focuses on unsafe driver behaviors like speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, and improper lane change.

    Remember, truck driver regulations can change, so check CVSA to stay updated.

    Truck driver pulled over during brake safety week.

    Stay Compliant

    Staying compliant with CVSA trucking regulations is necessary for truck driver safety and truck operation. Trucks not in compliance with CVSA trucking regulations will be taken off the road until fixed.

    Don’t waste time or risk your own personal safety. Prepare for brake safety week and stay up to date with the CVSA schedule.

    Also, be aware of another huge upcoming deadline

    September 3rd is the last day to file IRS Form 2290 without penalty!

    You must file Form 2290 to avoid fees and receive your stamped Schedule 1, which is required for operation. Take as little as 10 minutes and file today with ExpressTruckTax.

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