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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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24
Mar

Are There Requirements for Renting Heavy Equipment?

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Some jobs require the aid of heavy equipment or a whole lot of muscle. Most people don’t have their own heavy machinery, but there are companies that can provide them. Before a rental company can lend you their equipment, you will have to provide the right credentials. Rental companies are not lawfully permitted to offer their services to anybody that might not have the proper training on the equipment they wish to rent. In some cases, before a company can deliver equipment, they will require proof of insurance or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). A vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds requires a CDL. These licenses can be obtained after taking the proper application procedures, which vary depending on location. Equipment such as the transport trucks available for rent at Truck Loan Center, bulldozers, forklifts, tractors for farming, and excavators can all be rented as long as the right documentation is…

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18
Mar

10 Tips to Loading Your Truck Efficiently

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When loading your truck, you will want to make sure that the objects inside are arranged in a way that nothing gets broken during transportation. You will also want to be sure that the truck is capable of carrying the weight of the load. There are a few ways to ensure that you are loading your truck properly. Build a Wall- Often times, when people are moving, a lot of boxes are involved. Stack the boxes on top of each other starting with the heaviest items on bottom. Large Items First- If you’ll be unloading your entire load at one time, put all large items in first. This is best when you want to be sure you have enough space for these items. Secure any Items that can Move – Bumps and vibrations can cause objects in the truck to shift, so secure any movable items in order to prevent…

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