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  • PAY IT FORWARD: The business case for investing in driver training

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    Quality drivers prefer to work for carriers that provide ongoing training

  • Play it safe: Why a commitment to safety is the best way to win

    August 19, 2014 by Jim Bray

    When operating in trucking’s toughest environments, a commitment to safety is the best way to win.

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    Jake and Mary Siemens: A dynamic driving duo

    August 19, 2014 by Sonia Straface

    When your children grow up and leave the nest, it’s not uncommon to breathe a sigh of relief and relaxation – just you and your spouse, home alone at last. But for Jake and Mary Siemens, their empty nest was

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    The driver service dilemma

    August 19, 2014 by Scott Taylor

    The trucking industry is always under pressure to save money, and one way companies try to do it is through the use of self-employed drivers or “driver services.” By contracting a driver, the fleet can add or subtract capacity without

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    Mark learns the SmartWay Part 4

    August 19, 2014 by Edo Van Belkom

    The story so far… Bud is off for a couple of days, so Mark gets a load from his replacement. It’s a sweet load of cowhide into California. Mark is concerned that the trailer he’s given to use is not

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    My first service experience as an O/O

    August 19, 2014 by Mark Lee

     As I wrote last month, my truck was almost due for its first service. I’m happy to say that it was a pleasant experience. It didn’t go according to plan at first and I was about to blow a gasket

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    Steve Bates’ five emerging vocational truck trends to watch

    August 19, 2014 by Truck News

    Speaking at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar, Mack sales manager for Mid-Ontario Truck Centre, Steve Bates, shared some insight into trends affecting the vocational truck market.  Here’s what he said buyers can expect to see in the coming years… More

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    Develop a plan and stick to it

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Too many vocational truck buyers are overpaying for spec’s they don’t need – all because they don’t have a buying plan. Here’s how to fix that problem, according to an Ontario Mack sales manager.

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    Could a dual fuel conversion be the right move for an aging fleet?

    August 19, 2014 by Harry Rudolfs

    I’m a big fan of alternative fuels, so I jumped at the chance to test drive a dual-fuelled tractor. My ride was to be 2007 International 8600 model powered by an 11-litre Cummins ISM engine that had been converted to

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    Keeping your cool and avoiding the blame game

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    For years, when temperature-sensitive product went bad, carriers were a convenient scapegoat. But tracking technology that allows the remote monitoring of cargo temperatures is changing that.

  • How to manage your multi-generational fleet

    August 19, 2014 by Sonia Straface

    KING CITY, Ont. — Managing a fleet is hard enough work, but when you have employees from four different generations, things can get a lot tougher. Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada and her colleague, Tamara Miller, director, programs and

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    Generations needn’t be divided

    August 19, 2014 by Bruce Richards

    There has been a good deal written about the challenges that the trucking industry faces in attracting the next generation to its workforce. It is a sustainability issue of paramount importance. Considering the situation with drivers as an example, current

  • Chia: A healthy pet project

    August 19, 2014 by Karen Bowen

    You may remember receiving a Chia Pet in the 1980s – a ceramic head that grew green hair after being watered. Those green hairs were actually sprouts from chia seeds that had been planted within the ceramic head.  Although Chia

  • A painful separation

    August 19, 2014 by Dr. Chris Singh

    I recently had a professional truck driver come to my clinic complaining of severe shoulder pain following a fall from his trailer. He reported that he had slipped on the wet deck of his flatbed trailer and fell to the

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    Sometimes silence really is golden

    August 19, 2014 by Bill Cameron

    Other than to regular readers of this column, my opinion really doesn’t matter. By owning only a small trucking company and not belonging to any group or organization – although regularly disagreeing with most of them – my opinion is