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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.
Recently we discussed the dangers of driving over or under the speed limit. We will begin by saying we are not going to tell you how to drive, but we WILL try to explain why some driving habits are...
Climbing hills on a 2-lane highway with a heavy load can be challenging, especially when there's a line of traffic behind you. To ensure safety and avoid potential liability, it's essential to follow these guidelines: 1. Maintain your position in...
For this blog, we will be looking at the basics of hauling over-dimensional (OD) loads, and the hazards they involve. When you are dispatched on an OD load, the first thing you do, even before you put the truck...

Fast or slow

Pop quiz: Which is more dangerous, driving 10 km/h under the speed limit, or 10 km/h over the speed limit? Believe it or not, going slower than the speed limit on a 2-lane highway is far more dangerous. At...

Hydroplaning

Well, the weather patterns this year seem to have taken an unusual turn! Some regions are facing the worst drought in decades, while others are at risk of flooding. Due to these conditions, it is crucial for us to...
With summer now in full swing, specialized carriers, and to a certain extent, all carriers, have started moving fall and winter commodities as stores and warehouses prepare for the winter season. Now is a good time to start preparing...
Hauling temperature-controlled freight requires a special set of skills and attention to detail. For one thing, most temperature-controlled freight is for human consumption, so temperature integrity is an absolute must. Temperature-controlled trailers fall into two categories: reefers and heaters. Reefers...

Repurposing

One thing drivers need to be is resourceful. In particular, repurposing items that they may have, or by adapting equipment that has broken. We all know about reusing plastic bags as garbage bags in the truck, but Canada has...

Staying safe

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself while in the bunk?  Granted, if someone is set on breaking into your truck, there’s very little you can do, but you can make your truck more difficult to get...
One thing drivers need to be is resourceful, especially when it comes to repurposing items or adapting broken equipment. While reusing plastic bags as garbage bags in the truck is a common practice, it's worth noting that Canada has...

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