Summertime Highway Safety

truck driving1 Summertime Highway SafetyIf your profession is ­truck driving, the beginning of summer is a time you breathe a subconscious sigh of relief. After all, the snow is long gone and you have months until you face treacherous winter weather driving again. However, bear in mind that summer driving is not without its fair share of hazards. Whether you engage in regional or over-the-road ­truck driving this summer, keep the following summertime highway safety tips in mind.

  • Be wary of vacationers: From June 1 through the end of August, highways are more congested than usual because of families and friends taking road trips together. These travelers may be more easily distracted because they’re on vacation and are more likely to bend the rules for the sake of having fun. For this reason, you should keep a sharp eye out for motor homes, trailers and cars packed to the brim with people and luggage.
  • Watch for two-wheel traffic: Motorcycle rallies are popular across the country in the summer. From Roar on the Shore in Erie, Pennsylvania to Thunder in the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado to the Hollister Rally in Hollister, California, there’s no escaping motorcycle traffic on highways in the summer.
  • Drive attentively through construction zones: These pop up in great abundance from coast to coast during the summer because of the nice weather for doing roadwork. As you well know, construction zones come with lane reductions, traffic jams and high tempers. Of course, you’re always attentive while ­truck driving, but be extra cautious when driving your truck through these areas.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: Summer might be a snow-free season, but there are plenty of inclement weather situations when it’s warm, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. Look up weather forecasts and plan your ­truck driving route accordingly to encourage a smooth ride to your destination.
  • Be prepared for hot-weather breakdowns: It doesn’t get any more miserable than breaking down on a 100-degree day without air conditioning or water. Prepare for the worst by always keeping a battery-operated, hand-held fan and extra water bottles in the cab. This minor effort can make the difference between a comfortable wait and developing heat stroke.

For more tips on summertime ­truck driving safety, please visit the TripPak website. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to stay up-to-date with the latest trucking industry information.

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Pegasus TransTech Announces Acquisition of TripPak SERVICES® & ACS Advertising

Tampa, FL – [May 29, 2014] – Pegasus TransTech, a leading provider of electronic revenue cycle, document management and invoicing solutions to the transportation industry, has acquired TripPak SERVICES® and ACS Advertising from Xerox.

TripPak is a major provider of transportation solutions including document capture, submission and workflow management, as well as safety and compliance solutions. ACS Advertising is the leading driver recruitment advertising agency in the transportation market. The combined company will be the clear market leader in electronic revenue management solutions for the trucking industry.
“We are excited about the opportunity to join forces with TripPak and ACS Advertising and offer solutions that range from mobile document management to truck stop scanning and drop boxes,” said Frank Adelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus TransTech. “We will now be able to pool our resources and accelerate the pace of new product development. Together, we will enable truck fleets and drivers to capture revenue more quickly, gain greater visibility into revenue management processes and comply with regulatory requirements more efficiently.”
The combined company now serves over 3,000 truck fleets and third party logistics customers with both transactional and software solutions for revenue cycle management. Pegasus TransTech partners with the majority of major US and Canadian truck stop operators to provide document capture and transmission solutions and TripPak adds 500 additional truck stop locations as well as a network of 1,200 drop boxes for document submission. Additionally, TRANSFLO Mobile, the most widely used mobile solution in the industry today, combined with TripPak MOBILE™ will serve nearly 200,000 drivers.

About Pegasus TransTech

Founded in 1998, Pegasus TransTech is the leading provider of business solutions that streamline document capture and transmission, billing, collections, payroll, and other revenue cycle processes for the transportation and logistics industry. The company serves more than 900 travel centers in North America, 42 of the top-50 truckload carriers, and 17 of the top-30 freight brokers, and over 350,000 drivers.
Pegasus TransTech is best known for its document capture and transmission solutions, including TRANSFLO Express®, the industry-leading imaging solution preferred by drivers and travel centers across North America; TRANSFLO Mobile®, a smartphone and tablet imaging application available on iOS and Android mobile devices with more than 150,000 downloads; and TRANSFLO Now!™, an in-cab or remote scanning solution.

All Pegasus TransTech document capture and transmission solutions provide same-day access to delivery documents, which speeds driver pay and accelerates the billing cycle for carriers. Pegasus TransTech also offers carriers TRANSFLO® and cloud-based TRANSFLO DMS®, robust software applications that provide back office document management and workflow solutions and seamless integration with other Pegasus TransTech offerings. The company also offers TRANSFLO $Velocity, a standard interface that connects more than 18,000 carriers and brokers, enabling electronic transmission of load documents and acceleration of revenue cycles in the supply chain.
For additional information, please visit www.pegasustranstech.com .

About TripPak SERVICES® & ACS Advertising

TripPak provides document capture and submission solutions including in-cab, mobile, and truck stop scanning; along with the industry leading safety and compliance solutions CompliancePAK, Command Solutions and TripPak RAPIDLOG. The organization also provides campaign management, media buying and digital marketing services to the transportation industry via ACS Advertising.
To find out more, visit www.trippak.com and/or acsadvertisinginc.com.

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TripPak SERVICES Salutes Our Military and Veterans

As Memorial Day approaches, TripPak SERVICES would like to take a moment to salute our active duty military members and veterans. The last Monday in May marks the official beginning of summer and often includes potlucks, picnics, parades and pool parties. But Memorial Day is about more than good food and time with friends and family – much more.

memorial day1 300x300 TripPak SERVICES Salutes Our Military and VeteransMemorial Day is one of America’s most solemn occasions; it is a day that many families choose to visit cemeteries and memorials of fallen loved ones who gave their lives for our country. In the 1860s following the Civil War, various American towns held springtime tributes to their countless fallen comrades. By 1890, Decoration Day became an official state holiday for many Northern states. Many Southern states continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Gradually, Decoration Day became known as Memorial Day. After World War I, it was decided that the holiday should honor all fallen American soldiers, regardless of which war they fought in. The holiday was observed on May 30 for decades, but in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. The change went into effect in 1971 and has remained the same ever since.

Many of us have family and friends who have served or still serve in the military. We greatly appreciate the sacrifices they make to defend our great nation and those made to provide defense to the oppressed in other nations around the world. Almost all of us have been affected by the loss of a family or friend during times of war and we salute both them and their families.

In the end, we could write many eloquent words about our military veterans and active duty military men and women, but the best honor we can give them is a simple and heartfelt “Thank You.”

Visit the TripPak SERVICES website and find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to find out about the services we offer to truck drivers and fleets.

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The Best Smart Phones with the Best Cameras

A whopping 73 percent of truck drivers use smart phones. If you’re one of the remaining 27 percent and you’re ready to take the plunge, or you want to upgrade to a different smart phone, what qualities will you look for?

truck drivers 300x199 The Best Smart Phones with the Best Cameras There’s much to consider, but one major factor is the smart phone’s camera. If you plan to use TripPak MOBILE to capture and submit documents from your mobile device, you need a good camera at your disposal. Here’s a list of the current top iOS and Android smart phones with the best cameras for truck drivers using TripPak MOBILE.

  • Apple iPhone 5: Apple has made it a habit to improve the camera on each new iPhone release. This version features an 8-megapixel sensor, upgraded optics and best-in-class HDR mode.
  • Apple iPhone 5s: While the iPhone 5 is still a hot contender in the smart phone camera market, the latest iPhone 5s wins outright. The 8-megapixel sensor is 15 percent larger than the iPhone 5. Other features, such as image stabilization and dual LED flash, make this phone one of the best for taking pictures in low light – or any situation, for that matter. Even the camera app has been updated. In addition to HDR and panorama capabilities, the 5s offers slow-motion videos and Burst mode that captures up to 10 frames per second.
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: Operating on the Android OS, the Galaxy S4 boasts an impressive 13-megapixel camera and a bevy of custom modes and features, such as Dual Shot, Eraser and Story Shot. Expect to capture sharp images with plenty of room for cropping and zooming.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: The only camera in the Android family that could outdo the Galaxy S4 is its successor, the Galaxy S5. It offers an all-around better camera, with 16 megapixels, shorter autofocus time delay and real-time HDR. The new Shot & More mode allows you to modify pictures after you take them, such as applying the Eraser to remove distracting background objects from your pictures.
  • Sony Xperia Z1s: The unique design of this Android smart phone makes it waterproof and dust-resistant. As a truck driver, you probably won’t be capturing any documents with TripPak MOBILE five feet underwater, but that’s how deep the Sony Xperia Z1s can go for 30 minutes at a time. For landside photos, you’ll love the 20.7-megapixel camera and advanced Exmor-RS sensor for shooting in low-light conditions. HDR mode, Background Defocus, Timeshift Burst and other features make the Z1s a great camera device.

To learn more about TripPak MOBILE and scanning documents from your smart phone, please visit our website. Then find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to find out what truck drivers are asking about today.

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Spring is Here: Spring Cleaning and Keeping Your Cab Organized

This winter was long and harsh across most states, a fact anyone in the truck driving industry can attest to without a doubt. You most likely spent more time than usual in the cab to protect yourself from the elements. Now that spring is here, it’s time to do some spring cleaning and organize your cab. Here are some tips to spruce up your cab and make it feel like new.

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  • Clean the carpets: Vacuuming is certainly in order, especially if you enjoy snacking in the cab. Who knows what you might find; loose change, a lost lighter, a pack of gum. The possibilities are endless. Shampooing the carpet and upholstery can make a big difference as well.
  • Wipe down hard surfaces with a disinfecting cleaner: You’ll be stunned by how much dust and grime has settled on the dashboard since last spring. A disinfecting wipe should clean it right off.
  • Address the sleeping area: Over-the-road truck driving results in a well-used bunk. Freshen the mattress by taking it out of the cab and letting it breathe. A good beating gets the dust out as well. Finally, change the linens to complete the task.
  • Get a cab organizer: There’s nothing worse than a truck with dash trash. An organizer lets you store everything from tools and cleaning supplies to snacks and drinks.
  • Wash the exterior: Winter weather truck driving has undoubtedly done a number on your truck’s exterior. Wash it thoroughly for a shiny finish.
  • Keep your documents in order with TripPak MOBILETM: Use the mobile app to scan and submit your trip documents electronically. Then, the next time you’re home, drop off the physical paperwork so it doesn’t end up piling up in the cab.

Did you know that a dirty, unkempt truck can make you a target for a DOT inspection? On the other hand, a nice, clean truck says a lot about you and the pride you take in your truck driving profession.

To learn more about submitting your trip documents with TripPak MOBILE, please visit our website. Then, keep up with the latest truck driving news by following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Trucking Fleets Are Going Green

Environmental concerns were once a low priority for trucking fleets, but this is no longer the case. In fact, “going green” has become a booming trend across the trucking industry.

How are trucking fleets helping the environment today?

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  • Running Onboard idle reduction equipment: New anti-idling laws prevent idling at truck stops, delivery sites and terminals, often resulting in citations for idling longer than five minutes. This requires drivers to get power from somewhere other than an idling engine. One solution is to use an auxiliary power unit (APU), a truck-mounted generator that powers heaters, air conditioners or appliances.
  • Utilizing electrified parking spaces: Another option is to use electrified parking spaces (EPS), which allows truck drivers to power heaters, air conditioners or appliances from an external power source. According to the US Department of Energy, about 5,000 truck stops in the country currently offer EPS.
  • Implementing aerodynamic truck designs: The trucking industry is continually reevaluating aerodynamics and how truck designs impact fuel efficiency. TrailerTails, for example, improve fuel efficiency by 6.6 percent when traveling at 65 miles per hour.
  • Developing biodiesel fuel solutions: Biodiesel is a fuel manufactured from vegetable oil, animal fat and recycled cooking grease. It’s biodegradable and produces less air pollution than other fuel sources. According to fueleconomy.gov, B20 (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel) reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent.
  • Reducing driving speeds: Fueleconomy.gov states that, while different vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at different speeds, efficiency tends to top out at about 50 miles per hour. The trick is to balance fuel economy with the time it takes to reach the delivery destination.
  • Keeping up-to-date with engine maintenance: It’s easy to fall behind on engine maintenance, but trucking fleets know it’s imperative for going green. Not only does engine maintenance help the engine last longer, but fixing a serious maintenance issue can also improve gas mileage by up to 40 percent, according to fueleconomy.gov.

How is TripPak helping trucking fleets go green?

The TripPak MOBILETM solution is a green way to submit paperwork. The mobile app allows truck drivers to send trip documents directly to the fleet from the cab of the truck. This solution helps the environment by cutting out physical paperwork, eliminating the need to use traditional shipping methods, and preventing drivers from wasting fuel on out-of-route miles to submit documents.

Want to learn more about our innovative solutions for trucking fleets? Visit the TripPak website. Then, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Are HOS Regulations Causing Truck Stops To Fill Up? TripPak MOBILE™ Solutions Work Anywhere

The whole idea behind the updated Hours of Service (HOS) regulations is to improve safety, but is it causing ­truck stops to fill up? Have you had problems finding a spot to park at your favorite ­truck stop since the new HOS regulations went into effect July 1, 2013?

truck stops 300x200 Are HOS Regulations Causing Truck Stops To Fill Up? TripPak MOBILE™ Solutions Work Anywhere The most significant HOS regulation that might cause ­truck stops to fill up is the 34-hour restart provision. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a driver may restart their 7/8 consecutive day period by taking 34 or more hours off duty, this time must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. based on home terminal time. (Drivers can’t have more than one 34-hour restart in a 168-hour period, so they must plan their schedules accordingly.)

With just about every commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver required to comply with these HOS regulations, it’s no surprise that ­truck stops are filling up earlier than usual. Have you noticed an increase in the number of drivers pulling into ­truck stops at the same time? If your favorite stop has been more crowded lately, how has it affected your ability to complete daily paperwork?

If you’re worried about the effects overcrowded ­truck stops could have on your ability to submit paperwork on time at the truck stop, rest assured that the TripPak MOBILE™ solution works anywhere. You’re not tied to a ­truck stop to take care of your document submission. You don’t even need to visit a ­truck stop to submit your documents after you deliver your load.

This is possible because TripPak MOBILE enables you to capture images of your documents and submit them to your fleet electronically, via your smartphone or tablet device. The app includes auto-focus, auto-cropping, document scoring and other image enhancement tools to ensure a quality image makes it to your fleet. Signature-capture technology prevents you from needing any additional hardware to scan and submit work documents.

This means you can ditch the crowded ­truck stop and pull over at a quiet rest stop, empty parking lot or even the roadside and use your smart phone, laptop or tablet and the TripPak MOBILE app to ensure your paperwork is completed and transmitted on time.

Want to learn more? Then visit the TripPak website today. Be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter as well to stay up to date with the latest mobile technology for truck drivers.

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TripPak MOBILE 7.0 Release/Update

If you already love using TripPak MOBILE™ to scan your documents, here’s some good news: TripPak SERVICES® is unveiling the latest update—TripPak MOBILE 7.0—to further improve the truck driver experience.

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What is TripPak MOBILE?

This mobile application makes it possible for drivers to use their tablet or smartphone to perform a number of tasks, including:

  • Update trip status
  • Confirm pick-up and delivery with signature capture
  • Submit trip documents

In short, TripPak MOBILE is the most convenient way for truck drivers to submit high-quality trip documents and increase cash flow.

Existing Features                                                                    

Even before the TripPak MOBILE 7.0 update, the application boasted several exceptional features designed to assist truck drivers with document submission. These top features include:

  • Image enhancement tools—such as auto-focus, auto-cropping and document scoring—to ensure drivers submit only the best-quality images to the fleet.
  • Image recording and customized indexing by document type makes it easy for drivers to find and access digitally stored copies of submitted documents.
  • 100 percent end-user technical support is available to answer any questions a driver may have.
  • Signature-capture capabilities allow the entire document submission process to take place digitally.
  • Built-in load tracking provides visibility to fleets for each trip.

What’s New for TripPak MOBILE 7.0?

With so many excellent features in place, how can the latest TripPak MOBILE update possibly offer any more? With the following upgrades, you’ll find the app is even easier to use and navigate:

  • Reduced number of steps needed to capture and submit a document.
  • Refreshed, updated user interface for easy navigation.
  • Even more integration options and index fields for drivers to select and detail trips, including driver code, trailer number, fleet number and any customized field the fleet requests.
  • Indexing options that can be customized by the fleet based on specific document types they request.
  • Customized shortcuts or links to web-based driver tools specific to the carrier.
  • Bar code reader and form integration alongside the electronic signature capture capability.
  • Custom app development is also available with TripPak MOBILE.

If you’re ready to experience TripPak MOBILE 7.0, or you have any questions, please visit the TripPak SERVICES website. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Making the Most of Your Downtime – Mobile Solutions for Today’s Truck Driver

Thanks to mobile solutions such as TripPak MOBILE™, truck drivers now have more time for rest and relaxation at the end of the day. This mobile app is the key to turning in paperwork faster than ever so you can move on with your day.

Truck Driver 300x200 Making the Most of Your Downtime   Mobile Solutions for Todays Truck DriverIf you’re unsure whether TripPak MOBILE is worthwhile, consider your current habits. If you’re like 73 percent of truck drivers, you use a smart phone to stay in touch with family and friends, browse the web, take pictures, check your email, and more. TripPak MOBILE is simply another app you can use to take images of your trip documents and submit them to your fleet. This convenient option offers the following benefits:

  • Spend less time sending in paperwork manually.
  • Complete paperwork submission wherever you want, whether that’s in the cab of your truck immediately after making a delivery or while relaxing after dinner. In fact you can use TripPak MOBILE anywhere!
  • Never submit paperwork by traditional shipping methods ever again; you’ll avoid delays, lost paperwork and other problems that can occur when you send documents through traditional shipping methods.
  • Save time and money by never traveling a mile off your route to submit documents (a benefit that both truck drivers and fleets enjoy with TripPak MOBILE).

So how exactly does this mobile solution work? It’s really quite simple. If you have ever taken a picture or sent an email using your smart phone or other mobile device, you can use TripPak MOBILE without difficulty. The app is worthwhile because of advanced features that guarantee a quality image every time. These features include:

  • Auto-focus, auto-cropping, document scoring and other image enhancement tools
  • Signature-capture technology
  • Indexing and doc type options
  • A refreshed user interface that reduces the number of steps to submit a document

Submitting paperwork has never been smoother, quicker, or easier. Why not enjoy more downtime by adding TripPak MOBILE to your arsenal of truck driver tools? To learn more, please visit the TripPak website. Then, stay up to date with what truck drivers are discussing on Facebook and Twitter.

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Most Important Questions to Ask Your Fleet

Are you considering starting a truck driving career with a particular fleet? With so many motor carriers to choose from, how do you narrow the field of potential employers? The trick is to know what questions to ask.

What is your home time policy?

fleet 300x300 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Fleet This could be one of your most pressing questions. Fleets that offer over-the-road (OTR) truck driving jobs may require you to be on the road for days or weeks at a time as you travel thousands of miles across the country. Regional or local driving jobs may promise weekly or even nightly home time. Ask for specifics before you get too involved in the application process, and make sure you set reasonable expectations.

What is the pay?

The demand for drivers is strong in the truck driving industry, meaning fleets are offering competitive pay to attract quality drivers. Keep in mind that you may need to build up a résumé and prove your driving abilities before you’re earning the best income in the industry. With that in mind, track down a motor carrier that pays in the top 10 percent so when you have the right amount of experience under your belt, you can be one of those top earners.

What type of equipment do you have for truck drivers?

Especially if you choose OTR work, you want to make sure the fleet offers comfortable, state-of-the-art equipment. Ask for specifics on sleeper size, air-ride suspension and other in-cab features.

What kind of training do you offer?

Look for training opportunities that include one-on-one time with a driving instructor behind the wheel. You’ll undoubtedly need to spend a little time doing “bookwork,” but find out if that portion of the training can be completed online at your convenience.

Ask if the fleet offers Command Solutions, a web-based driver orientation and training program that benefits fleets and truck drivers alike with advantages that include:

  • Reduced travel, housing and per diem costs
  • Improved learning retention
  • Condensed hiring cycle
  • Documentation against litigation

Do you offer mobile scanning?

Inarguably the fastest, most convenient and reliable way to submit trip documents is with a mobile device. TripPak MOBILE™ allows truck drivers to capture and submit documents to the fleet mere minutes after delivery. The app saves time, reduces out-of-route miles and provides faster pay for truck drivers, which is why you should look for a fleet that offers this exceptional option.

To learn more about why the fleet you drive for should offer Command Solutions and TripPak MOBILE, please visit the TripPak SERVICES® website. Then, find out more by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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