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Thursday, December 8, 2022
Simply put, passing traffic in a 2-lane road should be avoided at all costs. Very few voluntary choices we make carry the potential for disaster as overtaking slower vehicles on a 2-lane highway. Highway 11 through northern Ontario is...
Wind is one driving condition we seldom think about, yet it can be extremely challenging, especially when it comes with other weather conditions. On it’s own, wind can also make driving very hazardous. In the mountains, winds can whip...
A good night’s sleep is very important in our industry. I can’t count the number of drivers I’ve encountered who look like the walking dead from lack of good sleep, so plan your daily sleep period. Everyone’s sleep requirements are different, so pay attention to your own.
Winter driving in the highway is bad enough, but when you’re on city streets, it’s a totally different animal, especially during and immediately after the first serious snow fall. Until the ground freezes, the snow will partially melt in contact with the pavement and turn into slush. As more snow falls, it covers the slush, and the whole mess becomes extremely slippery.
In the winter, one constant issue we have to deal with, is frigid temperatures it effects everything from your ability to see, to your ability to drive, and your ability to stop. Moisture in the air system is particularly troublesome, and will cause most of the freezing issues. When doing your pretrip inspection, be sure to drain down the air tanks. This will remove the condensation that compressed air accumulates.
Parking in the winter, especially during inclement weather is far different that parking in the summer for a number of reason. One of the biggest parking dangers during the winter is, believe it or not… heat. “How can heat be a problem in the winter?” you ask?  Well, as you drive, your tires heat up, even during the coldest weather. When you park, they will cool down. If you park in fresh snow, or even packed snow, as the tires cool, they will melt the snow under them, and your truck can “sink” a few centimetres into the snow.
On Tuesday, November 1, the Federal Government announced a new immigration policy that will add 500,000 new Canadians annually by 2025. The government sees increased immigration as key to securing our economic future. Over the next three years, we will see 1.35 million new Canadians.Federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser's new immigration targets are necessary to ensure Canada's future economic prosperity.
Controllers usually work rotating shifts nights, weekends, and all public holidays. The schedules are usually set 28 days in advance. In many countries, the structure of controllers' shift patterns is regulated to allow for adequate time off. There is widespread recognition that Air Traffic Controllers must have breaks. Unfortunately, when we take a break, stress follows. We really can’t go anywhere without stress being involved.
Let’s face facts... The lifestyle of the long haul driver is far from the healthiest of lifestyles.  Our jobs are sedentary, our stress levels can be quite high and our eating habits can be atrocious.  Grabbing a coffee and a pastry in the morning, maybe a few more coffees during the day, something quick from the truck stop deli, or one of the fast food places most truck stops offer, high sugar soft drinks, or energy drinks to “pump you up” for the last few miles of the day, then probably another burger, or something similar from the truck stop before crawling under the blankets for not-so refreshing sleep. 
It’s getting to “that time of the year” again, where we will soon be needing to carry and possible use tire chains.  I know, I know... Nobody really enjoys winter driving, but it’s just something we have to deal with.  East of British Columbia, they are not needed, and in most of Canada their use is not permitted, but if you run British Columbia, they are a definite must.  In addition to British Columbia, the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and California all require you to carry a minimum amount of chains, or similar traction device.