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Don Taylor has been a professional driver since March 1985.  In 1994 he made the jump to driving tractor trailers, and has accumulated over 3.5 million miles, including over 4 years of driving turnpike doubles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  He is currently hauling flat decks across North America.

Trailer jack knife

A trailer jackknife occurs when the truck reduces speed, but for whatever reason the trailer doesn’t and the trailer tires break traction. It can occur on bare dry pavement, but then it is almost always caused by improper loading...

Truck jack knife

One of the worst situations you can find yourself in is a jackknife. They come on fast, and usually by the time you realize what is happening, it’s already too late to take corrective action. There are 2 different...

Winter supplies

As winter looms large and ugly, it’s time to move our winter supplies back into the truck.  We’ve covered winter clothing already, but there’s more to winter survival than just warm clothing. This is in no way a full...

Winter work wear

We recently covered the ins and outs of tire chains in preparation for the upcoming winter driving season, so now we’ll go over some other things we need to have in order to have a safe and productive winter. For...

Frostbite

Frostbite is an extremely dangerous and excruciatingly painful condition that occurs during Canadian winters, especially in western Canada, in particular Northwestern Ontario and the prairie provinces, and in the north US. So what is frostbite?  Frostbite occurs when the body...

Big cities west of I-95

This blog has been split into 2 parts, as the big cities along the I-95 corridor are in a different class than those east of I-95 Navigating around and through big cities is a challenge we all must face, especially...
Any time you’re operating in what’s called the “Eastern Seaboard”, basically anything within 100 miles west of I-95, you really do need your head on a swivel. If you’re just passing through, say going from Florida, Georgia or the...

Animals in rut

As summer slowly fades to a pleasant memory and Mother Nature pulls out her autumn colours, we find ourselves into another animal rutting season. From mid September until the snow flies, all the big wildlife animals will be looking...

Illness on the road

It happens to all of us at least once or twice. You wake up feeling like the floor in the back seat of a taxi on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, calling in sick is seldom an option, unless you’re...

Paperwork

If you’re like most long haul drivers, spending upwards of 5 to 6 weeks on the road at a time, be sure to keep all your paperwork organized and up to date. There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING...