3 Ways To Stay Healthy On The Road

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Female Semi Truck Driver

Making long hauls across states, and across the country can be incredibly taxing on your body. We at Reliable Permit Solutions understand the toll that can take, and want to see the many hard-working truckers out there succeed. So we’ve put together this short list of tips for staying healthy on those long journeys.

Stay Hydrated

One of the single most important things you can do in your day-to-day in any profession is staying well hydrated. Because you spend so much time on the road, and not in easy reach of a water fountain, we recommend keeping plenty of bottled water around so that you can hydrate as you go.

Create an Exercise Routine

You also probably won’t get much opportunity to hit the gym before or after work like most people. To compensate, take opportunities during your stops and breaks not only to stretch, but to work out a little. Simple things like a few laps around your vehicle, or some squats and lunges can make a big difference.

Get Your Much Needed Rest

It’s always tempting to push through another hour of driving, especially with the knowledge that a timely arrival could mean a bonus. But that bonus shouldn’t come at the expense of your health or safety. Know your limits, and get the sleep you need to function at your fullest.

 

Truck driving can be a rewarding, and adventurous career. Taking the time to keep yourself fit and healthy will make it all the more rewarding, and Reliable Permit Solutions can help! If you want to expand your horizons and take your journey to new places, we can get you started. Contact us for all your trucking permit needs today!

The Scoop On Permits

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The trucking industry is carefully regulated, requiring both its vehicles and its drivers to meet exacting standards. The many regulations and accompanying permits and fees can become quite costly, and even more so if handled incorrectly. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind so that you’re always on the right side of regulations, from us here at Reliable Permit Solutions.

When Are Permits Necessary?

If you’re in the trucking industry, you can count on needing permits for something at some point, but the specifics can be tricky. Here’s the most important situations to consider:

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

Applies to all vehicles with:

  • Two (2) axles weighing over 26,000 pounds or
  • Vehicles with three (3) or more axles regardless of weight, traveling in two or more states.

Note: When traveling to a state in which a vehicle does not hold an IFTA decal and license, a temporary fuel permit is needed.

International Registration Plan (IRP)

Also applies to all vehicles with:

  • Two (2) axles weighing over 26,000 pounds or
  • Vehicles with three (3) or more axles regardless of weight, traveling in two or more states.

Note: As with the IFTA, when traveling to a state in which a vehicle is not registered under IRP, a temporary trip permit is needed.

Overweight/Oversize Permits

If a vehicle is oversize or overweight, a temporary permit is needed. This permit authorizes movement according to vehicle configurations and weight.

A permit may be required if:

  • Overall vehicle height exceeds 13’6″
  • Overall vehicle width exceeds 8’6″
  • Trailer length exceeds 48′
  • Overall vehicle weight exceeds 80,000 pounds.

Note: There are other determining factors when reviewing Overweight/Oversize permitting requirements, which differ by locality, and the points listed above are “general” guidelines. Please call us for more information at 888-949-4220.

For more information on these or other permits, feel free to contact Reliable Permit Solutions anytime, as well as to receive free rate quotes!

3 Tips for Starting a Career in Trucking

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Trucker in the Driver's Seat

So you heard that truck driving can be a lucrative career and are wanting to take the dive? Well, you heard right. However, starting a new career is a big step, particularly with an industry as demanding as truck driving, so before you get too deep, here are a few tips on getting started and making the most of your new career.

The first consideration as you begin charting your new course is to decide what sort of trucking you’d like to go into. Before you can do anything, you’ll need to get a commercial drivers license (CDL). Once you have a CDL, a large range of options become available; flat bed and dry van trucking are some of the big ones, but it also covers bus driving and vocational truck driving, like garbage trucks or cement mixers. In addition to the CDL you can seek out and apply for endorsements that allow you to drive more specialized vehicles, such as tankers or hazmat transport. Look into the options as you get started and plan accordingly.

As you begin the process of obtaining a CDL, make some contacts with trucking companies that you’re interested in working with, particularly local ones. If they’re hiring at the time, many companies will actually cover the cost of your truck driving courses. Depending on what your planning to do in trucking, that may include the costs for endorsements.

Once you’ve finally landed your first job in a rig, be mindful of things that will help you earn more money! A lot of trucking companies offer bonuses to drivers in addition to the kinds of bonuses you find in other jobs. You can receive such bonuses for fuel efficiency, mileage in a month, or safety. You can even get bonuses for passing required inspections, like those from the Department of Transportation.

Truck driving can, indeed, be a highly lucrative career. Taking advantage of that earning potential depends a lot on how well prepared you are and how much you’re willing to reach out for opportunities. Grab your career by the steering wheel, and you can drive straight into prosperity!

And don’t forget Reliable Permit Solutions for all your trucking permits you need! Our team of experts can ensure great quotes for oversize loads, fuel permits, pilot cars, and more!