Hide A Key And Car Key Replacement Solutions.

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Why Am I writing about "hide a key" and car key replacement solutions?

Well, the other day, I had stopped by the Pilot Truck Stop to get fuel. As a courtesy to other truck drivers, if we want to go inside for a bathroom break or to pick up something from the store after fueling, we usually pull forward to let others use the pumps.

It was cold that evening and I love drinking hot tea. So I had gone inside to get me a cup of tea. As I came out, a driver was walking towards the store.

When he saw that I was a J.B Hunt driver and walking towards my truck, he seemed to be excited and relieved.

“Are you the one driving that truck?” He asked as he pointed towards my truck.

I thought he was the driver behind me and was excited because he wanted me to move so he can get on his way. But I was wrong. He was a J.B Hunt driver and was excited because he thought I might be of help to him.

He had just locked his truck keys in the truck and was hoping my truck key could be able to open the door to his truck.

Unfortunately, he was a regional driver and was driving a sleeper truck. I, being a local driver, I drive a day cab. Although some of our trucks share keys, this wasn’t the case in this instance.

To make matters worse, he had also locked his phone inside the truck. So he had no form of communication.

So, it was a cold night, he had no jacket on, and had locked his phone inside too.

Thankfully, we were able to find a spare key that worked so he didn’t have to call and wait for road service to come.

But that reminded me of the times my wife had also locked herself out of the car a couple of times.

What if it happens again? I wondered.

Do we always have to wait for a problem to occur to find a solution?

Locking yourself out of your own car or truck can be very frustrating. The way to avoid the frustration is by preparing a solution ahead of time.

Was there a solution or solutions we can come up with for such a situation? I asked myself.

So, I did some research and found that there are solutions available. And these solutions are very inexpensive compared to the headache you face when you lock yourself out of your own car or truck.

As it’s been said, Prevention is better than cure.

This is common and there are solutions. You can watch this video of the same thing happening to a truck driver but thankfully, she was prepared.

When I was doing my research, I found a lot of solutions related to keys. Not just car/truck keys. So, I decided to compile everything key related here for anyone who may be looking for solutions to hide, replace or carry any type of key.

Pick one or a combination of solutions that you think will help you better prepare for the unexpected. These solutions will help you avoid the frustration of locking your keys in the car, truck, home or office or even just losing them.

Let's start off with this video of clever ways you can hide a key. The video is for hiding house keys. So if you're just interested in car or truck keys, continue reading on.


7 Clever Ways To Hide A Key


So, the first thing you need to think about is to get yourself something that will let you hide a spare key in a safe place on your car or truck.  Or a safe place when it comes to your home or office.

There are several "hide a key" products on Amazon but you have to take time to read the reviews because most of them don't seem to be that good.

Here are some solutions that I have found to have the best customer reviews.


Hide A Key Box, Car Key Lock Box, Spare Key Holder

In my opinion, if you want to hide a key on your car, one of these two products should be your first consideration. I encourage you to head over here to see more pictures and read the reviews on these. I think they're great!

 Optimus Twin Magnet GPS Tracker Case - Waterproof - Neodymium Magnets Monster Magnetics MiniMag 2 Waterproof Magnetic Stash Box - All-Weather Hide A Key, Locker Box, Magnet-Mount Geocaching Container, Under-Car GPS Tracker Holder - Easily Hide Your Stuff Anywhere!

Hide A Key Rock, Outdoor Key Hider

As you can see, these work well for house keys.


 Vanitek Hide-a-Spare-Key Fake Rock - Looks & Feels like Real Stone – Safe for Outdoor Garden or Yard, Geocaching Outdoor Essentials Faux Rock, Tan, Key Evergreen Garden Medium Portly Frog Painted Polystone Outdoor Statue and Key Holder - 6”W x 5”D x 6”H

Magnetic Hide A Key, Magnetic Key Holder

These are what you can use for your car or truck


 Master Lock Key Box, Portable Magnetic Key Case, 2 in. Wide, 207D Kidde AccessPoint 001859 Stor-A-Key Locking Magnetic Key Case, Gray Soft Hide-A-Key Spare Key Holder with Self-Adhesive Car House Locker - Stick to Anything (3pc)


Sprinkler Hide A Key

These are also meant for houses but I think if you are creative, you can use them for your car or truck since they're small.


 Hide A Key Cash Hider Sprinkler Head, Key Holder Outdoor / Garden / Yard hiding Vault Case. Waterproof, Corrosion and Impact resistant Stalwart Sprinkler Head Hide-a-Key Best Hide A Key Spiked Sprinkler Head Hider By HomeChamps Discreet Durable Indestructible Key & Cash Outside Hiding Vault Holder Easy to Install


Hide A Key Lock Box

These are good for the office but can also be used for homes.


 Kingsley Guard-a-key Black Realtor's Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint 001170 KeySafe Original Slimline Push Button Combination Permanent Key Lock Box, 2-Key, Titanium Gray Master Lock Lock Box, Preset Combination Portable Key Safe with 6 in. Cable Lanyard, 5408D


Don't Lose Your Key

Now that you have seen the solutions for hiding your spare key, let's look at solutions for helping to prevent you from losing keys.


Magnetic Key Holder


These would work well for hanging your keys as soon as you enter your house so that you just don't place them anywhere randomly.


 The KeyCatch by KeySmart: A Modern Magnetic Key Rack (6 Pack) His and Her Key Holder


Car Key Finder

I love these because if you misplace your keys, you can track them using your phone. You can also use these for other items other than keys too.

 XYH Key Finder,Key Tracker Phone Finder Bluetooth Tracking Device,Long Life Replaceable Battery.Cell Phones and Car Keys Locator. Tile Mate - Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder - 1-pack


Car Key Replacement

These are for those of you that may need to replace your keys or remotes


 2 Replacement Keyless Entry Remote Control Key Fob Clicker Transmitter 3 Button - Black KeylessOption Keyless Entry Remote Control Car Key Fob Replacement for LHJ011 (Pack of 2) Discount Keyless Replacement Key Fob Car Remote and Uncut Transponder Key Compatible with 15913415, 25839476, ID 46 (2 Pack)


So, there you have it, my friends. Use one or a combination of these tools to help you avoid the frustration of locking yourself out of your own car, truck, home or office.


Common Reasons for Form 2290 Rejections

As the HVUT deadline races towards us, it’s important to remember to give yourself enough time to file our Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 Forms to make it by the August 31st deadline. If you wait until the last minute to file and your form is rejected then it’s up to you to correct it and retransmit it to the IRS in time, otherwise, you will face late filing penalties.

So why wait? Go ahead and use ExpressTruckTax to quickly and conveniently knock out your Form 2290 today and use the following tips about why 2290 forms are commonly rejected to get yours accepted the first time.

Why 2290 Forms Are Commonly Rejected

EIN Problems

You need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to complete your Form 2290. There’s no way around it. Once you place your SSN in place of your EIN on your form then it will instantly be rejected.

If you need an EIN go apply for one with the IRS now because it takes about two weeks for them to become updated in the IRS’s system and your form can get rejected during that time. Even though you’ll get your EIN instantly when you apply for one, you have to wait for it to become active before you can file.

You also need to make sure that your business information matches the information that you have on file for your EIN with the IRS. If they don’t match then your form could get rejected. You can verify your information with the IRS by calling 1-888-829-4933.

Your Form is a Duplicate

Each VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) can only be filed for once during the HVUT tax period. Duplicates will be rejected, so make sure that you’re filing for the current tax period which runs from July 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018. If you accidentally filed for the previous tax period then that could be why your form is considered a duplicate.

You also need to make sure that you enter your VIN correctly. If it’s one character off then your form could get rejected. If your form is rejected for this reason don’t panic, you can quickly and easily file free VIN corrections with ExpressTruckTax.

RTN Errors

You can pay the amount of HVUT you owe to the IRS through direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, and that process involves providing your bank account number and RTN (Routing Transfer Number).

If you enter this information with as little as one character off the IRS will not be able to debit the funds and your form will be rejected. This is also the case if you do not have enough funds in your account to cover the full amount.

Enter your information, which can be found on one of your checks correctly. If your form is rejected for the incorrect RTN or insufficient funds simply edit your form and retransmit it or choose a different payment method.

When Filing Your Form 2290…

ExpressTruckTax is your best e-filing option. You can follow the step-by-step guide to instantly complete your form and receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 within about 15 minutes of filing. Plus, ExpressTruckTax makes it incredibly easy to file amendments, edit your form, make free VIN corrections, and more.

Also, with the ExpressTruckTax app, you can file from any location at anytime right from your smartphone or tablet. Meaning you can file even if you’re out on a trip!

Another great way to instantly file is by calling TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have a representative file for you, over the phone. By making one call you’ll have your 2290 filed and you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

We’re Here To Help

If you need any assistance contact our dedicated, US-based support team Monday- Friday from 8 AM to 7 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com

2290s And EINs: Everything You Need To Know

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is coming right at us at full speed! You can try to jump out of the way, but you’ll still need to file your Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. Don’t let the deadline run you over. Be prepared and file as soon as possible to avoid having your form rejected. For example, it’s very important to know that you’re required to have an EIN.

What to Remember About Your EIN?

Your EIN or your Employer Identification Number is also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number and the Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN. EINs are assigned to businesses operating in the United States in order to identify them for tax reporting purposes. Each EIN consists of a unique 9 digit number.

This is important because you are required by the IRS to have an EIN to complete your 2290. They need it to identify you to correctly verify that you’re filing for yourself and to prevent fraud.

There may be some confusion when it comes to EINs and Social Security Numbers (SSN) because they’re both 9 digit identification codes. However, EINs are used to identify businesses, and social security numbers are used to identify individuals. Also, the IRS used to accept SSNs in place of EINs on Form 2290s, but that is no longer the case. If you use your SSN in the EIN field your form will be rejected.

Also, when it comes to the information on your 2290 such as your business name and address, it will need to match what the IRS has on file or it could be rejected. You can see if your information matches what the IRS has on file by contacting the IRS directly at (800) 829-4933.

If you don’t have an EIN you can apply for online for free with the IRS here. Once you finish applying you will instantly receive your 9 digit EIN, but please keep in mind that it will take about 15 days for your EIN to update in the IRS’s system and your 2290 could be rejected during this time.

Each EIN is is a unique code that never expires. However, as a sole proprietor you may need a new EIN if you’re subject to a bankruptcy proceeding, you incorporate, you take in new partners and operate as a partnership, or you purchase or inherit an existing business.

How To File Your 2290?

Why wait when you can go ahead and knock out your 2290 today? Go ahead and file online with ExpressTruckTax or the ExpressTruckTax App now. Simply follow the step-by-step filing guide to instantly complete your form. As a result, your Form 2290 will be transmitted directly to the IRS and you'll get your stamped Schedule 1 in about 15 minutes.

You can also call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to file your Form 2290 today over the phone. Simply give them a call and an outstanding US-based representative will file your 2290 for you! It’s that easy. Plus, you will instantly get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

We’re Here To Help

The outstanding ExpressTruckTax team is always standing by to help. Contact us with any questions that you may have over the phone at 704.234.6005 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. You can also reach us via live chat and we offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com

What Happens If You Don’t File HVUT Form 2290

The August 31 deadline to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 is almost here. You have 2 weeks left to file in time, so you better get to it. There are penalties that you will have to face if you fail to file and if you don't make a full HVUT payment by the deadline.

Even though you have a little time left to file we urge you to go ahead and file today online with ExpressTruckTax, because if your form has an error or gets rejected it is solely up to you to correct it and retransmit it by the deadline or it will be considered late.

Also, if you think you can get by without filing at all, think again!

What Happens If I File Late/Not At All

If your form is late or you fail to file at all you will face a penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe. This amount will accrue on a monthly basis for up to five months. Plus, if you fail to make a HVUT payment by the deadline you’ll face a monthly fee of 0.5%. On top of all of that, you will face an additional interest charge of .54%. These penalties will make the amount you owe sky rocket!

If you don’t file by the deadline or fail to file at all then you won’t have a copy of your stamped Schedule 1, which serves as proof of payment. You need your stamped Schedule 1 in order to register new vehicles and to renew your tags with the DMV. Without it, you’ll be operating illegally and just imagine to hassle of getting pulled over and trying to explain expired tags. Plus, your registration may be suspended.

Now if you forget to file your HVUT, don’t panic. You may not be penalized if you can show reasonable cause for filing late, or why your payment is late. Simply file as soon as you can and attach an explanation for filing late to your return. The IRS will then either accept or reject your explanation as reasonable cause. There are also penalties for filing fraudulent or false returns.

About HVUT

If you’re a trucker with a vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more then you’re legally required to file Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290. This tax is assessed on the amount of time heavy vehicles are spent on public highways during the tax period and the taxes collected are used to repair, maintain, and construct public highways.

All you need to complete your Form 2290 is your business name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number), and the details of an authorized signatory. For your vehicles, you will need the taxable gross weight and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

Now the filing process is actually pretty easy. All you have to do is head to ExpressTruckTax and follow their e-filing guide to complete your form in a matter of minutes. The entire process is quick and convenient. You’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email within 15 minutes of filing.

If you don’t have a computer, don’t worry. You can download the ExpressTruckTax app on your smartphone or tablet to file at any time, from any location. This is one extremely easy way to file if you’re out on a trip.

However, the easiest way to file is to call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have one of their dedicated, US-based representative files for you over the phone. As a result, you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

We’re Here For You

If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the amazing ExpressTruckTax support team. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 8 AM to 7 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com

Getting Unusual Wisdom

In Daniel 1:17, it says that God gave four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. You and I can ask God to give us and our children unusual wisdom.  That’s my encouragement to you in this short episode.

How To Find The Right Trucking Company To Work For

How To Find The Right Trucking Company To Work For

Last time, I talked about taking the time to sit down, plan your life, figure out what your priorities are, then go out there and look for the trucking company that will be able to fit your priorities into your work.

It’s important for you to understand that you must put yourself first. Put yourself first by figuring out what you want, then look for the company that can meet those needs. That will stabilize your life. It will stabilize your work-life and it will help you succeed in the long run.

If you can take the time to plan, it will help you succeed in the long run.

So, what I want to do today is a follow-up to share with you a resource that I got to know about, two or three years ago, that I believe can help you succeed in finding the right trucking company to work for.

Just to give you the background story, I got hired on with my current company in 2010. The company was going through some changes so they hired about 15-20 truck drivers.

But as of today, only two of us are still working with the company. The rest of the drivers quit because of one reason or another. Some were let go because of some mistakes or accidents, or whatever the case maybe.

Since then, from what I can tell, I think they’ve only been able to hire on about two or three drivers as company drivers. But, we do have a lot of truck drivers that we work with.

So, where do they get those drivers from?

Employment agencies.

Until the company started hiring those drivers, I didn’t know that employment agencies that are geared toward truck drivers existed. I had never heard of them. I was surprised when they brought in drivers from driver employment agencies.

And, talking to some of these drivers, they were surprised too because when they applied, they thought they were applying to a trucking company and then come to find out, it was an employment agency.

I think that driver employment agencies are a resource that most truck drivers don’t know about, yet it is a resource that can really really help you get into the right trucking company to work for you.

The other advantage of working for employment agencies is, if you are a driver that is working over the road and you want to start working as a local driver, it’s also an opportunity for you to go through an employment agency.

Employment agencies work with different trucking companies. These companies are either private carriers or local trucking companies.

What happens is, if a driver calls off, or is going on vacation, or something happened and they need somebody to fill in that position for a few days or maybe a few weeks, they call the employment agency to help them staff that position for that period of time. The agency will then call you – their driver, have you come work at that company. When that time is done, they will assign you to another company.

Some drivers that are working for us through the agency want to be hired on with our company but for some reason, our company is not hiring drivers at the moment. But, I know drivers that have been working through an employment agency who left our company and the employment agency because they have been hired on permanently with another company they liked.

I’m sharing this with you to say that it’s a good way for you to check out companies, talk to drivers in those companies, to help you figure out which company you want to work for, then see if there are any openings.

If you are a good driver and an opening comes about at a company that you want to work for this can be a very good opportunity for you to get into that company. Companies can tell from the way you work if you are a good driver that they would want to hire on.

So if you really prove yourself to be a good driver, when an opening comes about and you want to work for that company it will be easier for you to get into the company.

The other thing I have seen with these agencies is, you also have the flexibility of setting your own schedule. You can tell them which days you want to work of whether you want to have a mixture of over the road driving and local work. Because some of the companies will need drivers to go maybe deliver an overnight load or go out for a week.

Talking to the drivers that work through these agencies, some of them love that flexibility because they don’t want to just be a local driver, they get bored when they just do local work so they want to be able to have that mixture of both local and regional, or over the road work.

So, if this is something that you think would help you find the right trucking company or you think it would work for the lifestyle that you want, (you want a mixture of local work and regional work), or you just want to make a shift from over the road to local work, using employment agencies is one of the ways that you can achieve that.

Look within your area, see if you can find any employment agencies that are specifically dedicated to truck drivers and see if they can help you achieve your goal.

Until next time,

Stay blessed and stay safe!