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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.

Road rage

In the past few years, road rage incidents have risen sharply. Scientists and behavioral specialists have been studying the root causes for more than 20 years with no clear-cut explanation. Whatever the root cause is, person A’s reactions to...

Descending safely

There are 2 YouTube videos attached. The first one does show a fatal wreck, but no blood and gore. The second is an absolute must watch for any inexperienced driver to learn how to properly descend a hill. The...

Using chains

When loading freight, especially on an open deck trailer, be sure to check how the freight is being loaded as to how you’re going to secure the freight, especially on the front or back of the trailer.  This is...

Too few straps

A recent incident in Manitoba warrants a refresher blog regarding securement requirements. A truck was cut off, causing a very hard brake application, which in turn caused the load to slide forward hitting the back of the cab. Thankfully...
We've discussed safe working practices before, but an incident today in Ottawa Lake, MI, compelled me to go over it again. If you deal primarily with deck trailers, always follow the federal or local laws regarding fall restraint and allowable...
This S-cam had been over rotated. It also illustrates the pad rollers and the return springs.

S-Cams

One item that most drivers don’t even consider when doing a visual brake inspection is the operation and condition of the "S" cams. If an S-cam is found to be over-rotated, that is an automatic out-of-service violation, and in...
As summer slowly passes behind us, the last of the four annual CVSA safety blitzes draws nearer. This year's blitz, from August 20 through August 26, will focus on air brake systems. The top items they will be looking...
While the DOT checks all components of your air brake system, brake adjustment, or lack thereof, is the most common issue found. Earlier, we discussed how to properly adjust functioning self-adjusting slack adjusters. This article will deal with how...

Trains

Recently in Saskatchewan, a truck was struck by a train at a rail crossing. Thankfully, no one was injured, but there was significant damage to the trailer, the cargo, and the train. The specifics of what caused the collision...

Home time

Home time is a very precious commodity for a long-haul driver. It is in your best interest to maximize the time you spend with your spouse and children, but keep in mind that your spouse most likely has a...

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