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Sunday, October 1, 2023
This week we remember those who served with our forces to protect the peace and freedom we enjoy in Canada and other nations too. Sometimes in the mayhem of our day-to-day lives, it becomes too easy to forget how...
During the winter season, visibility is a serious issue. Not only are the nights longer, but inclement weather can make it nearly impossible to see, and to be seen. This blog spot will deal with lights, and how to...
Over the past 2 and a ½ years we have witnessed so many changes that affect the trucking industry; from covid restrictions like wearing masks and gloves to mandatory vaccinations and pre border clearance using the arriveCAN app. We...
For those new to winter driving, I’d like to offer a few pointers to help you make it through the most challenging driving conditions you’ll ever encounter. First and foremost, see and be seen.  Make certain your full lighting system...
With Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en in our rear view mirrors, it’s now time to turn our attention to the annual winter driving season.  For this article, I’ll share a few tips and suggestions aimed mostly at those drivers yet to...
Telematics, data, cameras, ELD, we are in an age of trucking where the organization can be overwhelmed with information. Keeping our fleet safe and protected from the dreaded nuclear verdict is a major concern that keeps many a safety...
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.
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...

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