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Jul

2 Things To Know About Upgrading From An A to An AZ Licence

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Many people assume that once they have gotten their truck and trailer leasing, they can now drive anything they want. It would be quite simple if that were the case, but unfortunately, also quite dangerous. Many people start out with a class A licence and then graduate onto other classes. Each time you get a new licence, there are new educational and experience requirements that go along with them. If you are thinking about upgrading from an A to an AZ licence and would like to know what that entails, below are four things you should know before attempting to upgrade. Restricted Class A Licence The Restricted Class A licence (condition R) is specifically meant for drivers who are operating smaller truck-trailer combos. These include recreational, horse or utility trailers. If you have this licence you are also permitted to drive a car or a light truck covered by a…

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11
May

How to Make Long Hauls go by Quicker

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Driving can get repetitive over time, but there is now more entertainment available than ever before, and you don’t need special equipment to have access to it. If you plan ahead, you can accomplish various entertainment, educational, and personal goals while you’re earning money on the road. If done right, you can multitask on the job, especially if you’re travelling the same routes for your deliveries. If you’re looking to make your haul go by quicker, don’t concentrate on the drive itself, but instead on what you’ll be able to accomplish along the way. Consider your Job to be a Travel Experience Being on the road often gives you opportunities to explore the country, which most jobs don’t offer. You have the chance to meet people and make friends across the country, but it does require some commitment to talk to new people. It can be as simple as visiting…

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4
May

Best Apps For Truck Drivers

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Apps make all our lives a little less boring. With so many options to watch videos, play games or chat with friends, there’s a never-ending chain of entertainment on the App store. But did you know that they can improve aspects of your job as well? We’ll cover the best apps for the job and your time away from home one the road. Co-Pilot Live Truck This app gives you routes that are truck-legal specific to the weight and size of your truck, and that is far more important than other navigation apps. The popular app called Waze may help you save time by avoiding traffic jams, but the most important part about a route is being able to safely cross over and under certain driving structures. This app downloads maps so you can prepare your route in advance. It’s also voice-guided so you can keep your eyes on the…

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28
Apr

Local or Long Haul: Which Career to Choose

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Long haul truck driving has the operator driving routes that take them more than 200-300 kilometers from the terminal nearest to their home. Since all highways and roads have speed limits which restricts how quickly traffic can lawfully move while they’re in operation, delivering cargo to a destination far away will take a long time–sometimes keeping the truck driver away from home for weeks at a time. Lines of work that require frequent trips away from home aren’t suitable for everyone, and in fact can lead to a strain on families or even affect the driver’s personal health. For some carriers, you are only allowed to request working your way back home after you’ve been on the road for 10 consecutive days. As such, long haul operators tend to be significantly better compensated. But who is suited for this kind of career? Other than the paycheque, what should you be…

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21
Apr

How Truck Drivers can Balance Personal Life and Travel

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Work/life balance is a problem for those who work long hours, but with a bit of planning even the busiest and hardest worker can reserve some time for themselves to enjoy. Since you’re already on the road, why not take the opportunity to explore the area you’re in? We’ll sharing our tricks to maximize fun and family without cutting into your work schedule. Adapt to New Routines Part of the difficulty in keeping a schedule when you’re on the road is adapting to the constant change, and the interruptions to your routines while at home add up to really make a difference. Things that may change usually include: Sleeping habits Eating habits Getting to spend adequate time with friends, family, and neighbours This means that you’re required to face a change in these areas on a regular basis. One way to combat this is develop one pattern that doesn’t change…

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7
Apr

Tax Benefits of a Truck Lease

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Under the Canada Revenue Agency’s rules, the depreciation on a motor vehicle that you have purchased (i.e. not leased) can be netted against your income to lower the amount of taxes paid on the money you earned. Canadian tax law has a provision for deductions against income for the lessee to make taxing fair for people who are leasing their vehicle. The tax code is supposed to provide a measure of fairness, so be sure to make the most out of your deductions to save your money. Eligible Leasing Cost We’ll walk through the calculation that the CRA uses to calculate the eligible leasing cost. The cost is how much you’ve been charged in the year for leasing the vehicle. If you have been leasing the car for the full year, include that in your lease cost, otherwise only include the amount that you’ve been charged for the current year.…

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