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Thursday, December 8, 2022
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.
I was surfing through Facebook one day when a question came through one of the group chats. A driver had just finished his driving course and was looking to find out which carrier he should choose to go work...
Just 2 weeks ago Canada's Queen Elizabeth passed away. Sadly a week later, Canada lost the lady that many considered to be the Queen of Canadian trucking, Viola Florence Erb, the matriarch of the Erb trucking empire. Viola Florence Erb...
As Canada heads into the first week of fall and the last months of the year, the Liberal government continues introducing measures to promote a falling cost of living. In a sudden and some would say about time move, the government is allowing protective face masks to fall from the faces of bus, train, and airline passengers. It's been a tumultuous year or two. Let's hope fall brings falling prices and cost of living for all Canadians.
While the PMTC is fully in favour of moving forward with ELD enforcement on January 1st of 2023, that doesn’t mean there isn’t significant work that still needs done to ensure the roll out is as smooth and fair...
When thinking about load securement, everyone immediately thinks about open deck trailers.  Flat decks, step decks, floats, goose necks, etc., but improperly secured loads in and on any type of trailer can create a serious safety hazard.  Checking load...
German Chancellor Olaf Sholz was blunt on his Canadian trip this week,  "Germany is moving away from Russian energy imports at "warp speed". Canada is the partner of choice for Germany."Sholz made an urgent trip to Canada to find new energy sources for his country.Germany became overly dependent on Russian oil and gas in deals made decades ago. But Russia invaded Ukraine and ostracised much of Europe.Russia then decided to cut its gas exports to Europe to a trickle in defiance of support for Ukraine by most of the free world.
This month, I’ll go over some of the basic points of dangerous goods and oversized loads.  This is in no way a complete or comprehensive article of everything you need to know regarding these 2 somewhat specialized areas of...
I hope you are having a good Summer. We’ve been lucky with the weather and hopefully you have been able to take that family vacation. Now it’s back to work or maybe you are like so many that have...