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T The Ontario Trucking Association recently completed Operation Upgrade– a sixmonth campaign to find out how truck drivers are treated at shipping and receiving facilities and measure their level of satisfaction with their carriers’ customers.

Thanks for picking up the December 2015 edition and your continued interest in the award-winning magazine for Canada’s multicultural trucking industry. Inside you will find the latest updates related to the trucking industry plus all regular features like Trucking Quotient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, Entertainment, Health Column, Kids Corner, and much more. The truck driving profession is facing a shortage crisis in Canada. And the manner in which truck drivers are treated at facilities is one reason why. Attracting prospective drivers to serve customers’ diverse and ever-expanding transportation needs is becoming a huge challenge. With freight demand increasing across North America and capacity tightening, buying power is swinging in truck drivers’ favour – giving them not only more choice of who they work for, but also which customers they want to serve. The Ontario Trucking Association recently completed Operation Upgrade– a six-month campaign to find out how truck drivers are treated at shipping and receiving facilities and measure their level of satisfaction with their carriers’ customers. Boiled down, the survey found that ‘good’ customers – or ‘Customers of Choice’ – scored highest in safety, waiting time and providing an environment free of harassment and discrimination. Not surprisingly, ‘bad’ companies received failing grades in the same categories. We hope these findings are adequately addressed by industry stakeholders towards a better work environment. Winter is almost here. Whether you are an experienced driver or a new driver, winter driving can be challenging. Road conditions can change substantially in a matter of hours with high winds, snow squalls, heavy rain and dreaded black ice. Handling your vehicle in winter driving conditions requires a higher level of concentration and an adjustment in driving style. Please keep safe distance, slow down and drive according to weather conditions. The current edition carries information and articles to help you be safe during tough winter driving conditions. We hope you implement the valuable tips offered by Ministry of Transportation and professional experts. The Holiday R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program directed towards the detection and elimination of individuals from our roads who choose to drink and drive, has been launched extensively by the law enforcement agencies and will run throughout the holiday season. Impaired driving remains one of the leading causes of criminal death in Canada. Please don’t drink or do drugs and drive, it’s just not worth it. We encourage everyone to have a plan to get home before they get behind the wheel this holiday season. Road Today extends Holiday Greetings to all readers, patrons and industry friends. Make these joyous moments special by spending quality time with your loved ones. Enjoy the festive cheer and shall see you with many exciting announcements in 2016.  Manan Gupta Editor

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eterbilt Motors Company announced availability of the lightweight, fuel efficient PACCAR MX-11 engine for its flagship on-highway Model 579 and vocational Model 567. The new 10.8-liter engine is available for order through Peterbilt dealerships since November 13 and production begins in January. “The PACCAR MX-11 engine is a great addition to Peterbilt’s lineup of technologically advanced solutions focused on delivering the highest levels of quality, durability, performance, reliability, efficiency and overall return,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The PACCAR MX-11 engine provides outstanding value in a lightweight and fuel efficient design, and will continue to exceed our high standards and our customers’ expectations.” The PACCAR MX-11 engine has an output of up to 430 horsepower and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque. It is ideal for a wide range of applications, including regional haul, tanker, bulk haul, construction and refuse. PACCAR launched the MX-11 engine in Europe in 2013 and has manufactured and installed over 10,000 of the engines in vehicles built by its DAF Trucks division. PACCAR has over 50 years of engine development and manufacturing expertise. The PACCAR MX-11 engine has six inline cylinders and a double overhead camshaft design. PACCAR MX engines are the only commercial diesel engines to use Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) in both the engine block and cylinder head. CGI is approximately 20 percent lighter and 75

percent stronger than traditional gray iron. The PACCAR MX-11 engine is designed to achieve an industry-leading B10 life of one million miles. It also utilizes a common rail fuel system with injection pressures of 2,500 bar to optimize combustion for low fuel consumption and noise levels. “In addition to the weight and fuel savings, drivers will appreciate the responsiveness, performance and quiet operation of the PACCAR MX-11 engine running in their Peterbilt truck,” Siver said.

All Peterbilt dealer locations will provide full support of the PACCAR MX-11 engine. The PACCAR MX-11 engine will be produced at the state-of-the-art PACCAR engine manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss., where the PACCAR MX-13 is produced. The PACCAR MX-13 engine recently achieved a milestone of 100,000 units produced for North America; that engine was installed in a Peterbilt Model 579 and is in operation with Kenan Advantage Group. RT

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aking up to a dead battery or winding up stuck in a snow bank are all too familiar sights during the winter months in Ontario. It won’t be long before the first major snowfall or cold snap of the season turns your daily ride to the office into a treacherous white-knuckle drive. On Monday, November 23rd , CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Toronto Police Service and Skid Control School in Oakville reminded drivers to get ready for unpredictable weather conditions with a change in mindset and technique. Subject matter experts provided media interviews on topics such as winter driving tips, benefits of winter tires, winter driving stats, emergency kits, etc. Accompanied by driving instructors, reporters were able to get behind the wheel to test their driving skills and learn how to handle a skid. “The winter weather can be hard on your vehicle. Take the time to make sure you and your car are winter ready. Test your battery, check your brakes, replace worn windshield wipers and pack an emergency kit before the snow arrives,” said Teresa Di Felice, Director Government and Community Relations, CAA SCO.


“We often see an increase in collisions in poor weather and most of them are preventable. It is crucial that motorists drive defensively and responsibly, according to the road and weather conditions. Plan ahead before you leave, expect it to take extra time to reach your destination and don’t be in a rush. Leave extra space between vehicles and stay alert at all times. We all have a part to play in road safety, please do your part,” said Superintendent Alison Jevons, — Director of Operations and Support, Highway Safety Division, OPP. “The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road even in the most routine circumstances is a key component to moving through traffic safely. Following these precautions can help reduce your chances of being involved in a collision while driving in any weather conditions, especially the winter,” said Superintendent Gord Jones, Toronto Police Traffic Services. Remember to keep the following items in your vehicle: ice scraper and snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, booster cables, flashlight and extra batteries, blankets, extra clothing and RT footwear, first aid kit, snacks, smart phone and charger.


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inters can be harsh, with unpredictable snow, slush and ice, but as Canadians we know how to zip up our parkas, put on our toques and embrace the season. As much fun as it is, it can be challenging for drivers. Whether it’s your first year with your license or you have many years of experience, every driver should be prepared to practice safety while driving during an icy, cold and snowy winter. • Tune Up: Visit a local service station to make sure your tires are inflated properly and that the car’s critical components are all in good condition. • Maximize Gripping and Turning: If you live somewhere that frequently has snow or ice on the roads, or if the temperature approaches the

on the roads freezing point, you need four matching winter tires that provide extra grip and turning capabilities. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tire features a uniquely-shaped contact patch that maximizes tread life by evenly distributing the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering. • Reduce Speed: Learn and practice winter driving techniques like driving with two hands and keeping a close eye on your speed in order to maintain control of the vehicle in icy or snowy conditions. • Pack A Winter Safety Kit: Pack an emergency kit in case of a breakdown that includes flashlights, blankets, water, matches, a tire gauge and inflated spare tire and a ‘survival’ candle for warmth. • Stay Charged: Always travel with a fully-charged cell phone to be used in the event of an emergency. Share your winter driving safety tips or experiences at (NC)

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Tires Tires are critical to vehicle safety and are often damaged on the road. Over time, damage can lead to failure of the tire. In addition, a tire that is not fully inflated can’t carry its full weight. It overheats and can eventually fail. A flat tire causes a vehicle to be unstable, reducing its ability to carry weight and is likely to self-destruct.Some other tire defects to watch for when doing an inspection include: • Insufficient tread depth Tires require tread to maintain traction and require regular visual inspections as well as measuring with a tread depth gauge. When any tire’s tread depth is below the wear limit, the vehicle has a major defect.Tire tread depth must be measured correctly as treads can wear unevenly. The tread must be at the appropriate depth in at least two major tread grooves beside each other. • Exposed cords in the tread or outer side wall area Exposed cords are a sign of imminent failure of the tire. The vehicle has a major defect when cords are exposed in the tread or sidewall of any tire. Wheels Wheels are subject to many types of failure that can occur suddenly. Bearings can fail and the wheels can come loose because of ineffective fasteners, rims or hubs. When wheels fly off the vehicle, severe injuries can occur. There are several possible wheel defects that will make your vehicle unsafe, including: • Loose, missing or ineffective wheel fasteners Wheels can come loose and cause major damage. Inspect all wheel fasteners regularly. There is a major defect when any wheel has a loose, missing or ineffective fastener. • Damaged, cracked or broken wheel, rim or attached part Wheel security depends on all of the parts being in good condition. Do a regular visual inspection of the hubs and wheels. There is a major defect when any wheel, rim, or any part used to attach the wheel or rim, is damaged, cracked or broken. • Evidence of imminent wheel, hub or bearing failure Because the failure of a wheel, hub or bearing can happen suddenly, do regular visual inspections of the wheels and hubs.

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t is that time of year, where we should take stock of our business and ask - what’s working and what’s not working. The big question becomes, how will we change what’s not working? According to Malcolm Gladwell, a best-selling author,when you want to effect change, most people focus on the technology, skill, knowledge and resources to make things happen. Glad well reveals that the right attitude is critical to effecting change and tells the powerful story of Malcolm McLean. Heard of Malcolm McLean? Not only did he build one of the biggest trucking companies in the United States, he transformed the shipping industry.Think of him as the Steve Jobs of shipping. Born in 1913, McLean grew up during the depression in a small town in North Carolina. He worked as a gas station attendant and convinced his boss to let him take over the hauling of fuel oil. He wanted to earn the $5 per week his boss was paying the other guy. His boss agreed and McLean refurbished an old truck and took over the route. By the end of the year, McLean had two trucks and someone working for him. By the time the Second World War starts, he had 172 trucks and, by the 1950’s he had 1700 trucks and becomes the second biggest trucking company in the United States. McLean is focused on the true cost per mileage. He is the first person to recognize the cost savings with diesel fuel and the first to map out the most efficient routes for his drivers. He seeks in efficiencies and converts them into revenue. As an owner-operator, you wear multiple hats, leaving you little time for reflection.Yet reflection is critical. The more you understand the true cost per mileage, the more you can see the forests for the trees. This means drilling down on all aspects of a fuel rebate program and tracking all expenses.“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”  – Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

How does the Malcom McLean Story Unfold? After driving his truck all night, McLean pulls up and waits for the foreman to arrive and unload the cotton from his truck. After waiting for hours, he tells himself there must be a better way. He looks to understand the numbers and learns that 50% of the costs of shipping at ports are derived from the loading and unloading. No wonder shipping costs are prohibitive for most businesses. He asks himself, what if I can cut the loading and wait times? What if I design a container that can be lifted from the truck directly onto the ship to shorten load and unload times? With the right attitude, McLean pursues the task to shorten the wait time. It takes 20 years, along with endless pessimists telling him it will never work and he does it. By the 1950’s McLean is able to buy his first ship and tests his idea. He designs a light weight container that can be lifted from the truck directly onto the ship. He has also retrofitted the ship to secure the shipping containers. On April 26, 1956, McLean’s truck drives up to the Newark Harbour, a crane lifts the container onto the ship and it sailed into the Port of Houston. In the meantime, McLean boards a plane to Houston to meet his shipment. When he sees the shipment arrive at the port, he does the math and realizes that he loaded the ship in 8 hours, not 3 days, and transported the cargo at a cost of $0.15 a tonne, normally the same cargo would cost $5.58 per tonne. The global economy is born on this very day. The buck stops with you - you are in charge of your destiny, find freight rates and load choices that give you maximum flexibility. Getting your foot in the door with companies direct can be tough, don’t give up. While you may not physically do the maintenance and repairs,you need to know what the mechanic is doing. If you are a sole-owner-operator or have employees, you represent a brand that can be more than the brand of you. Make the most of it. To watch Malcolm Gladwell’s live video, visit  RT 


Eaton and Cummins Expand SmartAdvantage Powertrain Offerings Giving Fleets the Power to Choose


ower management company Eaton in collaboration with Cummins have expanded their lineup of integrated ISX15 Smart Advantage Powertrains to provide customers with additional choices tailored to their unique application and operations. A new SmartAdvantage direct drive ratio is now available, and new engine ratings for the small-step overdrive ratios are being announced. The new SmartAdvantage direct drive ratio is available in Cummins ISX15 400 HP and 450 HP ratings with 1550/1750 ft.-lbs. torque-rating, ensuring optimal performance at lower rpm when combined with a 2.26 or 2.28 axle ratio. This package is the ideal solution for line haul or regional haul applications that operate in flat and hilly road terrains at cruise speeds in the 50 to 62 MPH range. Launched in 2013, the SmartAdvantage powertrain with small-step technology is now available with new 400 HP and 420 HP ratings that provide customers with additional options beyond the original 450 HP rating. Small-step technology provides the benefits of a direct drive and an overdrive transmission configuration and is ideal where cruising speeds exceed 62 MPH or where vehicles spend a high percentage of time (75 percent or more) at a set cruise speed. The new SmartAdvantage Powertrain options continue

to leverage the diesel engine’s torque and efficiency with technology that enables downspeeding. Downspeeding refers to engine operation at a lower rpm while cruising at a certain speed for fuel savings. Today’s line haul and regional haul fleets are spec’ing down sped powertrains to maximize fuel efficiency, and only the SmartAdvantage Powertrain offers industry-leading downspeeding in both small-step overdrive and now direct drive transmission ratios, allowing fleets to choose the best ratio for their application, cruise speed and terrain. The Eaton Fuller Advantage Series 10 Speed transmissions feature a 26 percent step between 9th and 10th gears to maximize downspeeding in the small-step overdrive model by keeping the engine in its “sweet spot” for maximum fuel economy. Fuller Advantage transmissions address friction loses every 100 rpm of engine downspeeding, bolster fuel efficiency by approximately one percent, and provide customers with increased cost savings. Cummins pioneered the 15L engine and power rating optimization for linehaul applications. The 2015 ISX15 incorporates several product enhancements, including class leading low-end torque available at 1,000 RPMs and ADEPT, a suite of innovative electronic control features that optimize driver performance and asset protection. RT 



New partnership aims to reduce distracted driving in Canada


esearch suggests that distracted driving is a substantial factor in road fatalities, and may be equal to or even exceed impaired driving in at least some jurisdictions in Canada. As part of its Drive out Distraction program, The Co-operators has announced a new partnership with the Canadian Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) aimed at reducing the incidence of distracted driving in Canada. The announcement was made on November 18th, the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. TIRF is a national, independent road safety research institute that focuses on identifying the causes of road crashes and developing programs and policies to address them effectively. Through this partnership, The Co-operators will support TIRF’s research and educational work focused on reducing distracted driving. This will include the creation of a public online repository of data, information and resources that can serve as an easily accessible tool for stakeholders and others with an interest in the issue. In addition, a multi-stakeholder working group will be created, which will develop a national evidence-informed, comprehensive action plan to combat distracted driving in 2016. “As an insurer of more than one million vehicles, we see firsthand the devastating effects of traffic injuries and fatalities on the lives of our clients,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “Distracted driving is a contributing factor in


one of every four major injury crashes. We are determined to make a difference by working to change behaviour around distracted driving to make our roads and communities safer for everyone.” In the coming weeks, as part of the partnership, an environmental scan report on efforts to combat distracted driving will be published. The research conducted by TIRF, in partnership with Drop It And Drive (D.I.A.D.) will track and benchmark legislative, policy, enforcement, educational and advocacy efforts in jurisdictions across Canada to establish a solid foundation on which future initiatives could be planned and coordinated across organizations. “In the past decade, our understanding of distracted driving has grown immensely, and governments and agencies have responded and undertaken work on several fronts to implement a comprehensive approach to tackle it,” said Robyn Robertson, president and CEO of TIRF. “It’s equally important that we leverage the experiences and knowledge gained, not only strengthen programs and policies, but also to find better ways to coordinate the wide-ranging activities underway, and become more efficient as well as effective.” The partnership with TIRF is part of the Drive out Distraction program, The Co-operators ongoing commitment to make Canadian roads safer. Earlier this year, the organization announced its support for OneTap, a breakthrough new smartphone app developed by AppColony that promotes RT distraction-free driving. 

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ATV and Snowmobile Safety R iding a snowmobile or an ATV can be an amazing outdoor experience. But before you hit the trails, make sure safety is part of the plan, especially around tracks and trains. “All railway property - including railway yards and bridges - is private property,” says Stephen Covey, police chief for CN. “You should never ride an ATV or snowmobile on railroad property or take shortcuts across it, as these activities are dangerous and illegal and trespassers can be charged and/or fined. Safety is very much a shared responsibility if we are to avoid accidents.” Here are some tips for riding your ATV or snowmobile safely: • Cross only at designated locations. • Ride on approved trails only (look for signs about approaching a railway crossing). • Expect a train on any track, in either direction, at any time.

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he Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee has announced the date for their 25th Annual Educational Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga. The one-day event will bring together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus, courier, ready-mix, and waste management industries as well as insurance companies and other related businesses to discuss the latest industry trends. After a record-breaking, sold out conference in October 2015, the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee is excited to move forward with planning for the 2016 event.



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Mack Trucks Celebrates 40 Years of Manufacturing in the Lehigh Valley


n November 19th, Mack Trucks celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mack Lehigh Valley Operations manufacturing facility located in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. The first highway truck assembled at the plant, a Mack F711ST model, rolled off the production line on Nov. 19, 1975. Today, all Mack trucks built for North America and export are assembled at the facility. “Over the past 40 years, we have proudly assembled thousands of Mack models for customers around the world,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “Each employee’s precision and dedication also has helped solidify Mack’s reputation for building some of the toughest, highest-quality and most durable trucks on the road.” Site preparation for the one million square-foot facility began in May 1974. Construction began shortly thereafter, and the facility was completed in less than one year. The plant’s layout was designed in-house by Mack employees, without the help of outside consultants, to maximize manufacturing efficiency and flexibility. With a 700-strong workforce, the first trucks produced at Mack Lehigh Valley Operations included Mack CF model fire apparatus, Mack F model cabover highway trucks and off-highway models like the Mack M series mining trucks and the Mack Pack articulated bottom dump. Recent investments in the plant have further streamlined the production process, with revised sub-assembly and material handling processes to improve production efficiency. The site has also invested in new equipment to improve post-production testing and inspection processes to ensure the highest quality standards are met. Today, the facility is also a model for energy efficiency improvements. In 2013, the plant became the first site to earn the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy


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Performance (SEP) Platinum certification in the Mature Energy Pathway. The SEP program certifies industrial facilities that implement an energy management system that meets the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard, in addition to achieving improved energy performance as verified by an independent third party auditor. Mack Lehigh Valley Operations has achieved nearly a 42 percent improvement during a 10-year timeframe and is currently the top SEP certified facility in the nation. The site has been commemorating its 40th anniversary throughout the year. Employee celebrations took place earlier this summer and unique 40th anniversary banners and branding have been displayed throughout the site. In conjunction with the anniversary, Mack also announced it would be changing the name of the facility from Macungie Cab & Vehicle Assembly to Mack Lehigh Valley Operations, highlighting the site’s regional impact.

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nternational Truck has announced the release of its Diamond Edge Certified Program, a collaborative effort between International Truck and its dealer body to recognize dealers for their commitment to uptime and to drive awareness of the highperforming service offered to customers from dealers with this designation. Diamond Edge Certification is earned by achieving rigorous parts and service metrics based on customer dwell time, which is the time it takes for a customer to get their truck diagnosed, repaired and back on the road. To achieve Diamond Edge Certification status, International truck dealers must: • Meet or exceed service dwell time metrics and define long-term action plans for continuous

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ecently there is a service that seems to be taking over the world in the area of passenger transportation, that service is called Uber! Uber has been making some serious strides in the United States and is currently making a name for themselves here in Canada. I have never been in Uber cars as I don’t take taxi transportation very often unless on vacation, but I am intrigued by what I am hearing about the company. As of this writing there is a major battle going on against the taxi cab industry as the service is proving popular for those that use it. I won’t way in on that battle except to say as long as all regulatory policies are in place and there is a level playing field I have no issue with Uber. However you feel about Uber one thing to admit is that they are offering top notch service and they are now starting to impact courier service with small package transportation. But how does that affect the truck driver in today’s world? If you think this article is about cab service you are wrong. If you think this article is about service in general you are right and I hope you are still with me. The whole point of this article is that Uber is causing havoc in the transportation industry through transparency and good service. They are growing rapidly due to ease of entry as a contractor. This is a pattern that the transportation industry may want to adapt for future success. Let’s take a look at what makes Uber such a success. I am sure a few of these could be adapted to the trucking industry to make companies more competitive. There is an app for booking your car on Uber that uses GPS to send in the closest available car. You can get a quote for pricing of your ride on the app before booking allowing you to see how much the ride will cost. Now those aren’t ground breaking events as many trucking companies offer those services through their websites. I believe where the real difference comes in is with the drivers. When a car is selected the drivers profile is sent to the passenger so that they know who is picking them up. The service, time,

and passenger comfort is all monitored by the company and passengers are able to enter feedback on the driver through the application. Drivers are able to select when they are available for work on a part time or full time basis. Once they are approved to be part of the service they are expected to offer a certain type of service to the public. No money is transferred as all payments are done through the app so robberies and passenger rip offs are at a minimum. So what if we were to take some of the Uber items and apply them to drivers. Instead of being gone for days, drivers could select the time they are available to be on the road. Drivers that don’t hit a certain rating would make less than those offering five star service. Drivers could be assigned freight profiles making them more valuable than other drivers giving them special pay wages and opportunities. Maybe it is time to look outside of transportation at what other industries are doing and working with ideas to help our industry be more successful. Are you offering the Uber advantage? I would like to take this time wish you and your families all the best for the Holiday Season and 2016.


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Police, fire and ambulance personnel are often required to do their work on the shoulders of busy highways. For safety reasons, the law requires all drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. If the highway has more than one lane, the law also requires all drivers to move over leaving at least one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle, if it can be done safely. Obeying this law will save lives! Violating it can result in a $2,000 fine and three demerit points.

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Les policiers, les pompiers et les ambulanciers doivent souvent faire leur travail sur les accotements d’autoroutes achalandées. Pour des raisons de sécurité, la loi exige que tous les conducteurs ralentissent et fassent preuve de prudence lorsqu’ils dépassent un véhicule d’urgence stationné sur le côté de la route avec ses gyrophares activés. Sur une route à plusieurs voies, la loi exige aussi que tous les conducteurs se déplacent de façon à libérer au moins une voie entre leur véhicule et le véhicule d’urgence stationné, pourvu que cela puisse se faire en toute sécurité. Respecter cette loi aidera à sauver des vies! L’enfreindre peut entraîner une amende de 2 000 $ et trois points d’inaptitude.








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How to keep teens safe on the roads this winter


s a father, I know that when kids head out on the road, they’ll face some unpredictable and, in some cases, lifethreatening conditions this winter, says Carl Nadeau, Michelin driving expert. “It’s important that our kids are as well-equipped as possible to prepare for and safely navigate the winter driving season.”(NC) A big milestone in every teen’s life is when they finally get their driver’s license. It’s a huge step towards gaining independence but this can be a nerve-wracking time for parents, especially with our winter weather. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the dangers of driving and always reinforce ways to stay safe on the road.

the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and stress that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road.

1. Seat belts: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways to stay safe in a vehicle and seat belts worn correctly can drastically reduce the chances of serious injury. Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit.

5. Tire safety: It is essential to emphasize the importance of driving with highquality and seasonally appropriate tires. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tire performs extremely well in icy and snowy conditions, providing parents peace of mind when their teens are enjoying their favourite winter activities.

2. Cell phone use: Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. The teen age group has the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use. Remind your teen about


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3. Speeding: Speed is a contributing factor in the majority of car crashes. Drive the speed limit and require your teen to do the same. Explain that when speed doubles, the braking distance is four times longer. 4. Visibility: Visibility is crucial when driving in the winter. Explain to teens that they should give themselves extra time to properly scrape ice and snow from every window and from exterior rear view mirrors. It’s also important to brush snow off the hood, roof, trunk, turn signals, lights and fender walls to ensure a safe drive.

More information on teen safety behind the wheel is available at www.  (NC)


Daimler Trucks Celebrates DT12 Automated Manual


aimler Trucks’ powertrain component brand Detroit celebrated the production commencement of their Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), the DT12. With the launch on November 20th, the company is delivering on the commitment made during President Obama’s visit to the Redford facility in December 2012. The Detroit Powertrain provides integration like only Detroit can, because the engine, transmission, and axles are all engineered and designed to work together as one. The Detroit Powertrain integrates the DD15 engine , with the technologically advanced DT12 transmission and specifically designed Detroit tandem axles. The new Detroit DT12 combines the operational ease of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual transmission, resulting in enhanced fuel economy, vehicle performance and safety. The addition of the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission and related assembly represented a capital investment of $100 million and resulted in the addition of 170 new jobs. Available in the Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 5700 XE, the DT12 maximizes fuel efficiency for line-haul/long haul operations. Adding to the transmission’s overall economy is its lightweight design, which offers additional payload because of its aluminum housing and single counter shaft. The DT12 improves slow-speed maneuvering capabilities without compromising high road speed efficiency. The 12-speed, direct- or over-drive automated manual transmission combines a traditional manual gearbox with high-speed, computer-controlled

shift and clutch actuators that automatically and seamlessly select the right shift pattern and perfect clutch engagement for fuel economy and engine power. The DT12’s creep mode simulates a torque converter to improve low speed maneuverability for parking, docking, heavy traffic and other low speed situations. Advanced technologies include Skip Shift, which automatically skips gears, enabling the transmission to run through lower gears faster to achieve cruising speed sooner; and eCoast, which allows the vehicle to ‘coast’ down grades with the engine operating at idle speeds while preserving vehicle momentum, maximizing fuel efficiency. A proprietary control module communicates with the entire powertrain, giving the transmission and engine the ability to share information and offer complementary functions, which gives the Detroit transmission an advantage that only a proprietary powertrain can provide. For example, the engine can limit torque to protect against driveline damage and harsh shifts, while the transmission can optimize shifts to keep the engine in the sweet spot. Drivers will also appreciate comfort features such as helical gears and geometrical optimized gear-cut for noise reduction; pneumatic clutch and shift actuation for faster gear shifts; and a choice between eco or power-mode configuration. Additional advantages for the driver include a true two-pedal system for ease of operation, and a kick-down feature that improves vehicle acceleration when needed. 




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inea cruris or more commonly known as jock itch is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the inner thighs, buttocks and genitals. The reason for this conditions name is that it is most common in people who sweat a lot. As a result, athletes are at greater risk than the rest of the population. Jock itch is caused by the same fungus that results in athlete’s foot. This type of fungus can be transmitted from person to person by sharing towels or clothing. It is fairly common for the fungal infection to spread from feet to groin. The fungi that cause jock itch thrive in warm, moist environments. Although, women

can get jock itch, it is far more common in men. Other risk factors include wearing tight underwear, being over weight and having a weak immune system. Having a pre-existing skin condition such as dermatitis may also increase your chances of developing jock itch. However, the most significant risk factor is excessive sweating. In most cases, jock itch starts off as a red patch of skin that spreads out from the creases in the groin. The red patch usually looks like a half moon shape and may be scaly in appearance. The outer border of the rash may or may not have small raised blisters. The rash most often burns or itches. The good new is that although jock itch is

often uncomfortable, it usually is not a serious medical condition. Home remedies such as keeping your groin clean and dry as well as applying topical antifungal mediations are usually good enough to treat it. However, if the rash does not improve after two weeks it is important to seek medical attention. In many cases, your doctor will be able to diagnose jock itch simply by inspecting the rash. If necessary, your doctor may take a sample of the infected skin to be tested. For most mild cases of jock itch, your doctor will suggest over the counter antifungal ointments, lotions or spray. If this is unsuccessful you may require prescription strength creams and/or antifungal pills. Even in the most severe cases, this form of treatment is usually successful. As I always say, prevention is the best medicine. You can significantly reduce your risk of jock itch by keeping your groin area clean and dry. Secondly, keep your clothing clean and change your underwear at least once a day or more often if you sweat a lot. It is also vital to avoid tight fitting underwear or shorts. Also, try to stay cool by not wearing thick clothing for long periods of time especially in warm weather. Finally, promptly treat athlete’s foot infections in order to prevent its spread to the groin. Keep these simple tips in mind and you will be well on your way to preventing jock itch. Until next month, drive safely and shall see you in the New Year. Happy Holidays! RT 

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ATSSA Toronto Honours Top ‘MAP 32’ Apprentices of Centennial College


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ack Trucks Canada and its Toronto region dealers sponsored the monthly meeting of the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents’ Association (ATSSA) held on November 10th at the Red Rose Convention Centre in Mississauga. Steven DeSousa, National Fleet Service Manager gave an informative overview about the industry leading tools Mack has adopted to accomplish its dedication to ‘UPTIME’, their new dealer concept of “Certified Uptime Centres”, new products and other items of interest. The awards presentation for the ATSSA sponsored class in the ‘Modified Apprenticeship Program’ (MAP) 32 at Centennial College was made during the meeting. The award takes the form of a scholarship fund for the top three apprentices: $2,500 to the first place winner (Chris Hiebert), $1,500 to second (Travis Murack) and $1,000 for third (Damanjeet Randhawa). These top three apprentices were also rewarded with the traditional Mack Truck Canada award plaques. The next holiday themed ATSSA meeting will be held on 8th December and will include a donation drive for Peel Police Toys for Tots campaign. The food drive will benefit the Seva Food Bank located in Malton.


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Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is excited to announce their first-ever Annual Conference at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Mississauga! The 2016 Conference will kick-off with Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on February 23, 2016 starting at 6:00pm. On February 24th, the day will be packed with informative discussions you won't want to miss out on! “The Stan and Dan Show” A candid conversation about trucking with one of the best. Dan Einwechter, Chairman and CEO of Challenger (shown left), is one of the most successful and respected trucking Professionals in North America. His rise to the top of the industry is a story not to be missed! Learn from one of the best in the business as Stan Campbell, Host of Trucker Radio, chats with Dan to find out how he and his team triumphed over trials and tribulations. John G. Smith, Publisher and Editor of Private Motor Magazine, will be Master of Ceremonies, and the Conference will also include the following panel discussions: “The Future of Recruitment in the Private Fleet Industry” Private Fleets are just starting to feel the pinch of the Driver Shortage. Why weren’t these companies affected before? What direction are they moving in now to recruit quality drivers? How does this affect our industry? Join us for the conversation and get insight on the Private Fleet strategy moving forward! “Recruiting Strategies from Trade Publication Experts” The Driver Shortage is something our industry battles every day. To help successfully recruit the much-needed drivers we need, companies can strategically utilize a variety of media including print, social media or radio. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen in and ask questions to our panel of publishing experts! “How to Attract and Retain Professional Drivers: Advice from Award-Winning Carriers” Are you interested in hearing how Award-Winning Carriers deal with the Driver Shortage? What are their secrets for success? Sit back and find out how some of the best Carriers continue to excel through this difficult time – listen to their stories and ask questions that can help your company be its best!

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