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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.
It is important to recognize that the pay rates in the trucking industry may not be as high as they should be. However, many drivers are unaware that their performance on the job can directly impact the amount of...

Summer comfort

Just as we need to prepare ourselves and our trucks for winter driving, we also need to get the truck ready for the summer weather conditions.  First and foremost, change your tires from winter to summer tires.  Summer conditions...
Well, it took it’s sweet time, but the warmer weather has finally arrived and with it comes some potentially serious safety concerns, especially for those hauling flat decks. There are a few safety issues to be aware of when...

Wheel issues

There seems to be a lot of issues reported lately with tires coming off trucks at highway speeds. By now, I’m sure we have all seen the video (https://youtu.be/IxZnJ7LhHiA) of what can happen when a tire comes off a...

Trucking apps

The combination of smart phones and the internet have revolutionized the trucking industry. Gone are the days of having to find a fax machine to send paperwork to the customs broker, keeping track of distance traveled and fuel purchased...
One of the biggest expenses we deal with on the road is eating, but fortunately it’s also the easiest expense to control.  Almost all trucks these days have APUs which provide for 120 AC power to run microwaves, toaster...
Heavy duty tire chains.

Summer chains

Now that the warmer temperatures have finally arrived, the chain laws in the western states and provinces have been removed, so it’s a good time to give them a good cleaning with fresh water to remove all the salt,...
Hauling combinations, be it A-trains, B-train or C-trains, there are a few rules and safety procedures that simply must be followed to prevent dangerous and illegal situations that could very easily result in serious injury or death. For this...
Outside of North America, almost every country in the world uses COE (cab over engine) trucks, while a vast majority of North American companies use conventional trucks. Moving from one to the other takes some getting used to, as...
When semi-trucks reach a certain length they are required to attach hazard signs such as long load.

Scaling LCVs

Scaling LCV’s (long combination vehicles) can be a very tricky endeavour. As we know, in 2 or 3 trailer combinations, the heaviest trailer (called the “lead”) must be hooked to the truck, and the lighter trailer (called the “pup”)...