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Ravinder Athwal, professional truck driver with Trimac Transportation has been named to the prestigious 2011-2012 Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) Road Knights Team. Athwal’s impeccable driving record, commitment to safety and desire to share his trucking expertise earned him a spot on the Team, which serves as ambassadors of the Ontario trucking industry. “I am proud to have been selected as an OTA Road Knight,”
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Protect your vehicle from the inside out (NC)—It’s no surprise that consumers are keeping their automobiles for longer periods than before, but according to a study performed by the survey gurus at R. L. Polk & Co., Canadians are keeping their cars on the road longer than ever before– 43% are still on the road today after 15 years, up from 28% in 2000. That’s why it’s important to protect the investment in your vehicle, which can mean the difference between trouble– free driving and costly repairs. Change your oil A regular oil change is the service most likely to help prolong the life of your vehicle. Changing the oil (not just topping it off ) using a high–quality motor oil that meets the specifications recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer helps your engine get the protection it needs. • Check the oil level regularly and change the oil at the intervals outlined in your owner’s manual. • Replace the oil filter with every oil change. Monitor your vehicle’s fluids Engine oil is not the only fluid your vehicle needs to run properly. Check your owner’s manual to find information about where fluids are contained, how to check them, the type your vehicle uses and how much should be in each “reservoir.” If you see drops of fluid under your vehicle, you should be able to identify them by color or consistency. A few
TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index Continues to Climb TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index sets another record for spot market freight volume with a month over month increase of 11 percent, despite the fact February is a short month. Load postings were up 36 percent year over year. February 2011 freight volume was more than double that of February 2009, during the economic downturn. February 2011 volumes also reached the highest levels for the month of February since TransCore began recording the Canadian freight data in 2001. This mirrors the findings on TransCore’s North American Freight Index that recorded the highest spot market truckload freight volume for the month of February since the company established the North American Freight Index in 1986. However, with loads reaching an all time high, equipment continued to decline. Capacity dropped to the lowest level since 2005. TransCore’s Loadlink freight matching database constitutes the largest Canadian network of carriers, owner operators, freight brokers and intermediaries and has been available to Canadian subscribers since its inception in 1990. Over 13 million full loads, ltl (less than truck load) shipments and trucks are posted to the Loadlink network annually.
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(NC)—Finding ways to divert harmful waste from our landfills is a constant concern for Canadians. Many times, we forget that recycling goes beyond
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Spring Car Care: Is your ride ready? (NC)—After months of battling ice, snow, and slush, it’s likely that your vehicle is in desperate need of revitalization. Get your ride ready for spring with these top tips: Wash up: Spray salt and dirt out of wheel wells, underbody, and underneath bumpers. Touch up: Remove medium to light scratches without visiting the body shop
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Prevent your car from being a rusty eyesore (NC)—We’ve all seen that car or truck rolling down the highway. You know the hideous eyesore you can barely lay your eyes on with the rusty holes through the door panels, flaky, discoloured paint and brown–red stained bubbled streaks. This poor vehicle is the latest in a long line of aesthetic road casualties due to the unprotected spreading of rust. Rust is an unfortunate reality for all cars. But surprisingly, some people still take this problem for granted. After all, a spot of rust on the side can’t do much harm, right? Wrong. Not only is rust a visual disgrace that can ruin an otherwise attractive vehicle, it’s also a safety concern that can compromise the strength of your vehicle’s overall integrity, moving parts and wiring. All winter long your vehicle is exposed to corrosive sand, salt and moisture from the roads surface. It’s not just the undercarriage that’s affected either, wiring, bolts, screws, openings, dings and chips are all susceptible. Experts agree that both new and old cars are affected by rust. According to Freeman Young, president of Krown Rust Control, the natural state of metal is to return to iron oxide so the challenge for car owners is to inhibit this inherent process in the best way possible. “Moisture on metal, not salt, is the number one cause of corrosion,” Young explained. “Salt is the accelerant, but it is moisture that does the most damage. For this reason, the products you use must have the ability to remove moisture from the metal and not allow it back. Krown’s product development team recognized that the correct formula should be easily absorbed into existing rust so it can push out any moisture present. Its products are petroleum–based and fortified with rust inhibitors, but they contain no solvents, VOCs or toxins of any kind. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) agrees with this approach: “We would agree that an application of an oil–based rust protector should be applied every year for maximum protection against rust and corrosion,” said Paul Datzkiw, Consumer and technical services with CAA South Central Ontario. Datzkiw also advised that
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What do I do with my winter tires? (NC)—With the ice melting and the flowers blooming, it’s time to change your tires. Winter tires are crucial to safe driving on snowy and icy roads, but keeping them on during the warmer months of the year creates unnecessary wear and tear, making them less effective when winter rolls around again and also puts your safety at risk. But even after your three–season tires are aligned and in place, the question remains: What
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