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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Testing and verifying the proper operation of the tractor protection valve is very simple, and it should be part of your daily pre-trip inspection. That being said, the number of drivers who actually perform a full and proper pre-trip...

Using chains

When loading freight, especially on an open deck trailer, be sure to check how the freight is being loaded as to how you’re going to secure the freight, especially on the front or back of the trailer.  This is...
Pollution from Forest Fires Affects Truck Performance Forest fires add particulate matter to the air and impact the health of individuals. The accompanying air pollution can impede vehicle performance, especially if air filters are not checked regularly for blockage. With predictions for a...
There’s a saying in Western Canada: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!” Sure, summers are hot and winters are cold and snow isn’t as likely in July as it is in February. But, this doesn’t mean that...

Wheels off

Did you actively prevent losing a set of wheels today, or were you just lucky? Having wheels come off your truck or trailer, though quite rare, is one of the most serious safety violations to be found in trucking....
As a professional and experienced truck driver, you know that you are to perform a vehicle inspection once every 24 hours. You also understand that you use "Schedule 1," titled, Daily Inspection of Trucks, Tractors, and Trailers to assist...
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...
Monday was day 17 of the trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, the self-proclaimed Freedom 2022 Truck Convoy organizers. They are each charged with mischief, counseling others to commit mischief, intimidation, and obstructing police. The Crown is trying to...
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...

Too few straps

A recent incident in Manitoba warrants a refresher blog regarding securement requirements. A truck was cut off, causing a very hard brake application, which in turn caused the load to slide forward hitting the back of the cab. Thankfully...