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Thank you for picking up the January 2017 edition of your favorite awardwinning transportation magazine. At the very outset please accept heartiest best wishes towards a prosperous and successful New Year. 2017 marks Canada’s and Ontario’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. This is a special year to celebrate and reflect on our history, look ahead towards the next 150 years, and embark on an exciting new chapter for Canada. We look forward to work together with all our readers, advertisers, patrons and industry colleagues towards achieving larger goals for the industry in this year. With months of winter driving remaining, we join CAA in reminding motorists to practice safety and patience on the roads. 6 winter driving essentials: • Check the local forecast before heading out. • Pack a winter emergency kit. • Top of your windshield washer fluid. • Ensure you have an ice scraper, snow brush, shovel and fully charged phone. • Drive according to the road and weather conditions. • Letting a fellow driver into your lane and a simple thank you wave in return can make the difference on a cold and stressful winter day.

The Canada 150 logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points—in total representing the 13 provinces and territories.

What do to if your vehicle breaks down: • Pull off the road. • Note your vehicle’s location. • Assess your vehicle’s operation problem. • Alert other motorists by making your vehicle visible. • Call 911 and communicate your situation. • Call for roadside assistance. • Know your rights and responsibilities.

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We would also like to remind drivers to slow down and move over if they see emergency or roadside assistance vehicles on the side of the road. It’s the law. In Ontario, as of January 1st, new requirements are in place for tow truck or vehicle storage services designed to increase transparency and strengthen consumer protection. We welcome these new rules aimed to help drivers make informed decisions when getting their vehicle towed. Trucking HR Canada has launched its Youth with Drive survey, as a next step in developing a national employment strategy for youth in the trucking industry. The goal of the survey is to gather information about young people (18-35) currently employed in the trucking industry from both an employer and employee perspective. The survey questions cover three main themes, including; attraction, engagement and challenges. Millennials are now the largest cohort in the Canadian workforce, yet are still largely under-represented in the trucking industry. We urge employers and employees to provide their feedback via www.truckinghrengage.com Thanks for watching Road Today 360 TV Show (available on Bell, Rogers, Online) and sending your valuable feedback as well. We are working hard to strengthen the conversation with all readers and stakeholders through popular social media platforms. So, please do get connected. Drive safe and always remember; someone home is waiting for you. Happy New Year, once again!

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ONTARIO’S IMPAIRED DRIVING RULES ARE CHANGING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

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Caught driving while drug impaired? It will cost you. Drivers impaired by drugs will face the same sanctions as drivers impaired by alcohol. This includes illegal drugs, and misuse of prescriptions or over-thecounter medications.

At roadside – Your driver’s licence suspended from 3 to 30 days and a $180 penalty. After a drug expert’s evaluation – Your driver’s licence suspended for 90 days, your vehicle impounded for 7 days and a $180 penalty.

Repeat occurrences will result in a mandatory education/treatment program and an ignition interlock condition for 6 months after licence reinstatement. Criminal charges may also apply.

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Progress in curbing drinking and driving but continued vigilance needed: poll

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he Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has announced a new fact sheet summarizing findings on self-reported drinking and driving in Canada. This fact sheet is based on the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) 2016 poll conducted by TIRF, in partnership with Beer Canada, the Toyota Canada Foundation, and, State Farm. The results indicate that while progress has been made to curb drinking and driving, continued attention and monitoring is needed to avoid losing ground. “We are able to use the RSM poll results as an ‘early warning’ system with respondents helping us identify that progress may be lost if we do not remain

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vigilant,” explains Steve Brown, TIRF Research Associate. Recent trends in the number of alcohol-related road deaths and the percentage of total road deaths, that are attributed to drinking drivers in Canada (except British Columbia), indicate that progress in reducing drinking and driving has been achieved, at least until 2013, which is the most recent year for which fatality data are available. “Since 2013, self-reported data on drinking and driving suggest that the proportion of drivers engaging in drinking and driving behaviour is not decreasing,” cautions Ward Vanlaar, COO of TIRF. “It remains to be seen if the decreasing trend in deaths will continue or not.”

In 2016, more than two-thirds (71.0%) of respondents cited drinking and driving as an issue of concern on the public agenda, which was the highest percentage of any societal issues that were presented to the respondents. Based on the results of TIRF’s poll, it appears prudent to consider alcoholimpaired driving a priority road safety issue that requires continued attention. Brown concludes, “Our poll shows Canadians consistently indicate that drinking and driving is a priority concern to them compared to other issues. TIRF will continue monitoring this issue to ensure we have good data to support effective countermeasures.” RT


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OTA Outlines Complete Funding Plan for Natgas Transition

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ith the Government of Ontario already committing $250 million to the commercial trucking industry towards investment for technology to reduce carbon emissions from heavy trucks, one outstanding issue is when the funds will be available and under what conditions. One of the key technologies government and industry intend to focus on as part of the program are natural gas vehicles.  To assist the Government of Ontario in the design of a heavy truck natural gas program, the Ontario Trucking Association has issued a report entitled Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel for Canadian Truck Fleets: A Roadmap Toward Implementation.”  The report examines the two broad areas where investment dollars are required from fleets to make the transition to natural gas vehicles: (1) vehicle and station costs and (2) ancillary costs. While vehicle and station costs are well understood, ancillary costs and challenges – such as management time for fleet transition evaluation; required facility upgrades; driver training and other change management expenses – are less so.  “These ancillary expenses can make

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up to 10 per cent of the overall cost of switching to natural gas vehicles. Without assistance and funding in these critical areas, fleets can easily become frustrated, making a successful conversion to natural gas vehicles less likely,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski. “Trucking companies are in the business of moving freight; we are not fuel transition experts. The more the Government of Ontario’s program assists the industry in making a seamless transition to natural gas, and the greater the likelihood the program will be successful.” OTA is already calling on the Government program to fund up to $60,000 per natural gas vehicle in order to offset the cost differential of a diesel engine. Furthermore, OTA says the government should provide carriers with access to the same incentives given to fuel suppliers to build fueling stations, as carriers may wish to install and operate private stations for their own fleet.  A recent study commissioned by OTA and conducted by the Rustbelt Group, estimated the vehicle and infrastructure cost for a 20-truck fleet would be $3.4 million while the ancillary costs would come in at $325,000. RT


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Kenworth T680 Advantage with 52-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper Now Available for Order

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enworth’s new, fuelefficient T680 52inch mid-roof sleeper Advantage Package, for regional haul and less-than truckload operations, is now available for order. The latest Kenworth T680 Advantage configuration features an optimized powertrain with either the PACCAR MX-13 or PACCAR MX-11 engine, Eaton Fuller Advantage series 10-speed automated transmission, and the new PACCAR Axle, the industry’s most efficient and lightest weight tandem drive axle. The 52-inch mid-roof sleeper configuration offers new aerodynamic elements including a front air dam, flared-out fairings, lower sleeper fairing extenders and FlowBelow wheel covers that enhance fuel economy by effectively redirecting airflow around the chassis, sleeper and trailer. Other notable features are Predictive Cruise Control, Neutral Coast, and Driver Performance

Assistant. The T680 Advantage Package provides customers running the 52-inch mid-roof sleeper with up to a 6 percent fuel economy benefit* compared to a standard Kenworth T680 52-inch mid-roof sleeper running the previous generation of PACCAR MX-13 engine, Eaton Fuller automated transmission, and standard drive axles. The 52-inch mid-roof sleeper is especially well-suited for regional hauling applications – including tank, bulk, flatbed, heavy haul and lowboy – where drivers may spend just two or three nights on the road during a typical week. The sleeper features a liftable lower bunk and upper storage units on the back wall, with

ample space for drivers to hang their clothes and jackets, plus an optional upper bunk for driving teams. For driver retention and recruitment, the T680 Advantage with 52-inch sleeper offers an optional passenger swivel seat that expands the living space into the cab to provide even more comfort for the drivers when parked. The design also provides sufficient head room for a driver or passenger up to 6-foot-4 to easily stand up between the seats. Drivers appreciate the 2.1-meter wide cab, reduced interior noise levels, adjustable advanced suspension seats with climate control, air-assisted hydraulic clutch, ergonomic dash, easy-to-use Driver Performance Center, and LED interior lighting. RT

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hat do you do if your car breaks down this winter on an isolated road or maybe slippery roads cause you to slide into a ditch? What do you do if your car won’t drive and you don’t have any cell phone reception? Should you stay with the car or go for help? According to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, professor of thermophysiology at the University of Manitoba and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the body’s response to cold, the answer is clear. The hypothermia expert says you should stay with the car. “Leaving the car and potentially getting lost and stranded without shelter puts you at risk for frostbite or hypothermia,” explains Giesbrecht. “Given certain conditions, such as wind chill and wetness from rain or snow, you can begin to suffer from hypothermia, even in temperatures above freezing. This can quickly become life-threatening.” Giesbrecht adds that survival in this situation comes down to the 3 P’s: preparation, prevention and performance. Preparation. Prepare for a reasonable worst-case scenario, like being stranded overnight in the cold. Keep a bag in your trunk with items for insulation, such as a sleeping bag or blanket, an old parka, snow pants and spare mitts and boots. Other important items include a wide-based candle and lighter or matches, and nonperishable snacks. Prevention. Do what you can to avoid being stranded in the first place. For example, make sure your car is working properly and your tires are inflated and in good shape. Ensure you have a full tank of gas and avoid travelling in poor weather conditions. If you must travel, share your plans. Ensure a friend or relative knows of your route and estimated arrival time. Performance. Know what to do if you do get stranded. Stay with your car. If you’re stuck but the motor still works, make sure that your tailpipe is free of any snow or ice so that you can run the car intermittently for heat. Staying with the car also gives search and rescue teams a larger object to spot. Statistics show that 95 per cent of searches are successful within 24 hours. Find more information about risks, prevention strategies and treatment for hypothermia and cold injuries at www.ownthecold.ca. (NC) RT


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Glasvan Great Dane Controls Temperature in 2017

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lasvan Great Dane is now specifying ThermoGuard, the industry-leading high performance liner as a standard on all its new in-stock tandem high cube swing door refrigerated trailers. The liner, which extends the useful life of the trailer, increasing trailer

productivity and improving resale value, is exclusively available on Great Dane equipment. The announcement follows on Glasvan Great Dane’s excellent customer satisfaction ratings from hundreds of equipment owners who have repeatedly purchased their refrigerated trailers with the ThermoGuard liner over the last seven years. For more info and details, call 1 888 GLASVAN (452-7826) or visit www.glasvangreatdane. com RT

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Auto theft up for second consecutive year: IBC publishes 2016 Top 10 stolen vehicles list Ford F-Series trucks and luxury SUVs top list of most-stolen vehicles

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nsurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published its annual national list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles. Once again, Ford trucks and high-priced SUVs feature prominently. “For the second consecutive year, auto theft across Canada has ticked higher,” said Garry Robertson, National Director, Investigative Services, IBC. “After large declines in auto theft activity over the last decade, the number of stolen vehicles has gone up 6% from last year, to 78,849 across Canada. The biggest increases were in Alberta where stolen vehicle numbers are up 32% and Prince Edward Island where they are up 19%.” National Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles List This year’s 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada are: 1. 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 2. 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 3. 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 4. 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 5. 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 6. 2015 Toyota 4Runner 4-door 4WD SUV 7. 2003 Cadillac Escalade 4-door 4WD SUV 8. 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 9. 2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Pickup 10. 2010 Acura ZDX 4-door AWD SUV “We see from this list that criminals continue to favour all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, older, high-end vehicles,” Robertson added. Keep your vehicle safe It pays to be vigilant about deterring car thieves. “A vehicle left running unattended is not only easy to steal, it has increased value as a stolen vehicle because it comes with the keys,” Robertson said. Cars are stolen for a number of reasons. Stolen vehicles may be shipped overseas, where they are sold to consumers who don’t know they are buying a stolen car; they are scrapped for parts; or they might be used to commit another crime. “If you have gone to the trouble of buying a car that has a theft deterrent system that makes stealing it tougher, don’t make it easy for thieves by leaving the keys in the car,” added Robertson. IBC reminds you that it takes less than a minute for a car thief to steal your vehicle. Protect your vehicle by following these tips: • Never leave your vehicle running when unattended. • Park in well-lit areas. • When parking your car, always close the windows and lock the doors. • Put valuables and packages in the trunk, where they’re out of sight. • Keep your car in the garage at night. • Don’t leave personal information in the glove box. Take your insurance and ownership documents with you when you park your vehicle. Report the crime To report an insurance crime, call your local police, IBC at 1-877-IBC-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 1 800-222TIPS. For more information about auto theft, visit www. ibc.ca. RT

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Mercedes-Benz at CES 2017: Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive

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n January 2017 Mercedes-Benz will be underlining its leading role in future mobility at CES in Las Vegas. The appearance at the show will focus on the new corporate strategy CASE, with its four pillars Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive. The Concept EQ and the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van will share a stage for the first time. Under the banner “Fit&Healthy”, Mercedes-Benz will present a vision of how society’s increasing health consciousness can be intelligently combined with future mobility. With exhibits on artificial intelligence and on connecting the vehicle to the “smart home”, Mercedes-Benz will provide exciting insights into the latest work of its research and development teams. A particular highlight will be the chaired live discussions with Mercedes-Benz experts, which will be streamed live via Facebook and the Daimler Media site. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). the focus will be on the

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corporate strategy CASE. This links the megatrends networking, autonomous driving, flexible usage models and electric drive systems. MercedesBenz is already playing a leading role in these four areas; with CASE the company is pooling its competence in these fields and consistently promoting their development. Our CASE strategy will help us to shape the future of mobility. The objective is to make the car a platform for future mobility concepts and a space that offers a digital experience. The car of the future must be networked, autonomous, emissions-free and deliver the possibility of shared mobility,” stated Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and, from January 2017, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Under the banner of CASE, MercedesBenz will be presenting the Concept EQ and the Mercedes-Benz Vision

Van on the same stage for the first time in Las Vegas. In the Concept EQ, a study with the appearance of a sporty SUV crossover, Mercedes-Benz provides a glimpse of a new vehicle generation with battery electric drive. The Mercedes-Benz Vision Van, a revolutionary van study for urban use, combines a wealth of innovative technologies for ‘last mile’ deliveries in an integrated system. In addition, Mercedes-Benz will be demonstrating the next steps on the road to developing the cognitive car, while “Fit&Healthy” will provide a vision of how society’s growing health consciousness can be intelligently combined with future mobility. The subjects of artificial intelligence, innovative solutions for networking vehicles with the smart home and Mercedes me will play an important role at the show. The cult brand smart will also be premiering the new, innovative “smart ready to share” service. RT


INDUSTRY NEWS The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, has released the results of its Truck Parking Diary research, where commercial drivers provided detailed documentation of their challenges in looking for safe, available truck parking. Participating drivers recorded their parking experiences and issues over 14 days of driving, representing over 4,700 unique parking stops documented in the diaries.

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TRI’s report brings important granularity to the specific issues faced by drivers compared to other truck parking studies. Among the findings, drivers looking for parking between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight face a confluence of challenges including increased search times, and truck parking spaces clogged by noncommercial vehicles, which results in drivers parking in undesignated or unauthorized locations such as roadway shoulders or ramps during those same times. ATRI’s diary research also documented the amount of lost revenue time that drivers experience by parking earlier than they otherwise needed to, just to find parking. With an average of 56 minutes of revenue drive time sacrificed by drivers per day, the parking shortage effectively reduces an individual driver’s productivity by 9,300 revenue-earning miles a year, which equates to lost wages of $4,600 annually.

The ATRI truck parking diaries also quantified the negative impact that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will likely have on the parking issue. Drivers utilizing ELDs were more likely to spend over 30 minutes looking for available parking than did drivers without an ELD. Based on the diary findings, ATRI’s

report offers recommendations for a number of industry stakeholders, including public sector providers of parking at rest areas, private truck stop operators and motor carriers — all designed to reduce the challenges faced by commercial drivers when looking for available parking. RT

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Bendix Wingman Advanced Now Available for Order on Kenworth Medium Duty T270 and T370

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he Bendix Wingman Advanced system is now available for order as an option for Kenworth T270 and T370 medium duty trucks. The radar-based collision mitigation system delivers adaptive cruise control with braking, along with autonomous emergency braking technology to help drivers mitigate rear-end collisions. Using a radar sensor mounted to the front of the vehicle, Bendix Wingman Advanced delivers both warning alerts to drivers and active interventions. The system provides following distance, impact and stationary object alerts, which are always available – whether or not cruise control is engaged. When drivers engage cruise control and set speed, the system will actively intervene to help them maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine

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designed to produce a behavioural effect, like reducing driving on clogged arterial roads. In addition to road pricing, such as tolls or congestion charges, it examines many other tools available to policymakers looking to make roads flow more smoothly, including: 4Improved coordination between land use and transport planning 4Intelligent traffic management measures, such as: 4Freeway ramp metering 4Reversible lanes 4Variable signage 4Variable, intelligent speed limits 4Demand management measures outside of road pricing, such as: 4Access controls (time-of-day restrictions on truck traffic and time-of-day speed restrictions) 4Parking controls 4Support for ride-sharing 4Support for bicycle and pedestrian facilities 4Investment in public transit 4Road network capacity expansion

The report also makes it clear that an honest public discussion of the costs and benefits of road pricing must include a full accounting of who pays, who benefits and by how much. The report – and a previous report released by the Conference Board of Canada, Where the Rubber Meets the Road – discusses how many of the costs of road use, such as maintenance, congestion delays and fuel costs, are already ‘internal’ to road users, either individually or as a group. If a congestion reduction strategy is to cost drivers more, it must be very clear about the reasoning behind those costs and the associated benefits. “Drivers, more than anyone else, appreciate the need to reduce congestion,” concludes Di Felice. “We only ask that politicians looking to reduce congestion be clear about their goals, how they are going to achieve them and how the benefits will outweigh the costs.” RT

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Guest Column

Want the fastest route to your destination?

Get focused!

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ife is so busy these days that multi-tasking is a normal part of our day. We all do it or try to do it and I hate to say that many multi-task badly even when they think it is going well. The truth is it doesn’t really matter what you are doing whether it is trying to get your career going, workout at the gym, or get to your destination on time, you have to focus. This is easily seen on the road on a regular basis. Those drivers are called ‘truck stop drivers’ where they basically go from truck stop to truck stop, wait around to run with other drivers, and take their time getting to their destination. At the end of the month they are the same drivers complaining they are not making as much money as their counterparts in the industry. I recently saw a guy at the gym that was trying to multitask while working out. He was on a machine answering his email and phone messages. As I continued doing my workout routine he sat on the one machine on his phone. I worked out on three machines while he worked out on one machine because he was answering email. One of us had focus! I shouldn’t have to mention distracted driving as the statistics alone will prove my point. Even those that think they do it well or argue that it is legal to do can look at the statistics to know that multi-tasking doesn’t work in this area. I don’t talk on the phone while driving because I have found for myself that my attention wasn’t there when on the road. If you don’t believe me then realize that if you continue to practice being distracted while driving it won’t be ‘if’ something will happen it

will be a matter of ‘when’. What does focus mean? Does it mean Bruce Outridge Bruce that you only do one thing and forget Outridge is transportaeverything else? Of course you need to tion consultant with do different things; the trick is to focus over 30 years experion one task at a time by improving your ence in the industry. time management skills. That means He is the host of The planning out your day, week, or month Lead Pedal Podcast so that you cover the important items for drivers (www. that you need to accomplish. So let’s theleadpedalpodcast. take a look at how that can improve the com), author of the scenarios mentioned above. books Running By The Let’s look at the truck driver scenario Mile, and Driven to above. Drivers only have so many hours Drive, and is a trainer per day that they can drive or work. If and consultant for you have ever been running with another the industry. You can driver that likes to stop a lot, or has learn more about Bruce lots of time to get to their destination and his work at www. you know it can be a slow process. They bruceoutridge.com stop where and when they feel like it without any focus. They still get to their destination, but not in the most efficient manner. Now compare that to the times when you run on your own, you plan out your trip, focus on grouping all the services you need into one stop and stop at scheduled intervals. By operating that way you will see a tremendous difference in your efficiency for the trip. Take the guy at the gym. Part of working out is to get your intensity up with your exercises so that it helps to elevate your heart rate and burn fat. If you work out doing the same exercises but focus on your routine, reduce the rest phases between exercises, you will get double the benefit from the workout than answering your email inbetween sets. With distracted driving there are too many examples. View the statistics, videos, and television shows on the loss of life, damage to property, and those that have lost family members and stop driving while distracted. As we move into 2017 there will be even more noise coming into your world, making it even harder to focus. It is up to you to decide which of that noise is important to you and how you can have the best information to help you succeed. Look at all the things you do everyday and find out the best way to prioritize, organize, and improve your efficiency and you will see the difference in the important areas of your life. I wish you well for 2017. 

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AJAC AWARDS

“BEST NEW LARGE CAR Volkswagen Golf (Alltrack) (L to R) Maria Stenström, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

“BEST NEW PREMIUM SPORTS /PERFORMANCE CAR BMW M2 (L to R) Hans Blesse, President and CEO of BMW Group Canada with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

“BEST NEW SMALL UTILITY Subaru Forester (L to R) Ted Lalka, Vice President, Product Management, Marketing & Customer Experience, Subaru Canada Inc., with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

Eight “Best New” Winners Announced for 2017 AJAC’s 2017 Canadian Car of the Year Awards

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ight “Best New” category winners were announced last month by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, better known as AJAC. The results were tabulated by KPMG, the accounting firm that works with the association and its Canadian Car of the Year awards.   The eight “Best New” categories cover the full new-model spectrum, including Best New Small Car, Best New Sports/ Performance Car, and Best New Utility Vehicle.  Most of these core categories are then further broken down into Small, Large and Premium to cover a wide range of types of vehicles. The vehicles named will now compete for the overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year honours, which will be announced at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February. AJAC will also announce the winners of its Canadian Green Car of the Year awards at the Vancouver

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International Auto Show in March. The category winners represent the voting results by the largest group of Canada’s best-known automotive journalists, who gathered this October in Clarington, Ontario for a four-day test-drive evaluation of brand-new or significantly changed models. The event, known as “TestFest,” was hosted by Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and welcomed Michelin, BF Goodrich, Canadian Black Book and the Steel Market Development Institute as partners, for this year’s program. “TestFest is the most intensive new-vehicle evaluation process on the planet,” said Gary Grant, cochair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “No other organization employs such stringent testing methods to determine its award winners.” The rigorous testing program includes real-world driving on public roads, exactly where consumers drive, so the test data and vote results are

directly relevant to potential car and utility vehicle buyers. The results are not based on the personal opinion of just one or two journalists. Instead, over 60 automotive journalists each drove vehicles in their categories backto-back on the same day, under the same conditions, to ensure fair and objective comparisons. “Our program is absolutely testingbased,” said Justin Pritchard, cochair of the Canadian Car of the Year committee. “We have dozens of experienced vehicle testers driving dozens of vehicles, back to back, over the course of several days. This testing process generated 1,384 test drives, producing over 100,000 data points and 1058 category ballots. It’s important to note that every aspect of this testing data is shared online via our website, so shoppers can see how any given vehicle won its category, or how it stacked up to the category winner.” And the winners are…..:


AJAC AWARDS

“BEST NEW SPORTS / PERFORMANCE CAR Hyundai Elantra (Sport) (L to R) Don Romano, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

2017 CANADIAN CAR OF THE YEAR “BEST NEW” CATEGORY FINALISTS BEST NEW SMALL CAR Hyundai Elantra, with 682 points, and scoring highest in Value. 2nd place Chevrolet Cruze with 680 points. 3rd place Subaru Impreza with 679 points. BEST NEW LARGE CAR Volkswagen Golf (Alltrack), with 680 points, and scoring highest in Exterior Styling, Throttle and Engine & Transmission Performance. 2nd place Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid with 674 points. 3rd place Kia Optima HEV with 672 points. BEST NEW LARGE PREMIUM CAR Buick LaCrosse, with 656 points, and scoring highest in Fuel Efficiency. 2nd place Volvo S90 with 655 points. 3rd place Mercedes-Benz E-Class (E

“BEST NEW SMALL CAR Hyundai Elantra (L to R) Don Romano, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

“BEST NEW LARGE UTILITY Chrysler Pacifica (L to R) Bradley Horn, Product Communications, FCA Canada with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

300 4MATIC) with 653 points. BEST NEW SPORTS / PERFORMANCE CAR Hyundai Elantra (Sport), with 682 points, and scoring highest in Occupant Environment and Ride Dynamics. 2nd place Ford Focus RS with 670 points. 3rd place Fiat 124 Spider with 637 points. BEST NEW PREMIUM SPORTS / PERFORMANCE CAR BMW M2, with 658 points, and scoring highest in Value. 2nd place Porsche 911 (Carrera 4S) with 656 points. 3rd place Mercedes-AMG C-Class Coupe (AMG C 63 S) with 648 points. BEST NEW SMALL UTILITY Subaru Forester, with 678 points, and scoring highest in Value, Off-Road Capability and Occupant Environnent. 2nd place Ford Escape with 670

“BEST NEW LARGE PREMIUM CAR Buick LaCrosse (L to R) Mike Speranzini, Brand Director, Buick Canada with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

points. 3rd place Kia Sportage with 664 points. BEST NEW LARGE UTILITY Chrysler Pacifica, with 664 points, and scoring highest in Interior Styling, Occupant Environnent and Ride Dynamics. 2nd place Mazda CX-9 with 663 points. 3rd place GMC Acadia with 634 points. BEST NEW PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE Mercedes-Benz GLC (GLC 300 4MATIC), with 658 points, and scoring highest in Value, Noise, Vibration and Harshness (N/V/H).   2nd place Buick Envision with 654 points. 3rd place Cadillac XT-5 with 650 points. RT

All photos courtesy CNW Group/Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

“BEST NEW PREMIUM UTILITY VEHICLE Mercedes-Benz GLC (GLC 300 4MATIC) (L to R) Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada with David Taylor, CCOTY Committee Member

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INDUSTRY NEWS

ATSSA Toronto organizes Annual Charity & Fun Night

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he Toronto Chapter of the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATSSA) held its Annual Christmas Charity & Fun Night on December 13th at the Red Rose Convention Centre in Mississauga. The evening was made possible by the gracious support and sponsorship received from Abrams Towing, ULT Powertrain, Classic Towing, Premier Truck Group, Fort Garry Industries, Road Today, Tallman Group, Evans Waterless Coolant, Texis Truck Exhaust, Solarteck Auto Glass, Mid-West Truck & Trailer Services, Transit Spring Service, Quality Collision Centre, Just-Rite Truck Service, Hendrickson Industries, Superior Truck & Trailer Repair, Cooksville Tire, Pro Force Marketing, Bolton Alignment, Automann Heavy Duty Canada, G & D Truck Repair, Meritor Aftermarket, C&R Transmission, DPF Cleaning Specialists, Prestone Antifreeze, Haldex, Red Rose Convention Centre, Peel Regional Police, Seva Food Bank, Salvation Army, Nobleton Golf Club amongst others. Generous contributions were made by ATSSA membership as they raised cash and nearly 200 toys towards the ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign of the Peel Regional Police and Salvation Army. Over 700 lbs of non-perishable food was also collected for the Seva Food Bank serving in Mississauga. Mark Bennett entertained the gathering with some hearty laughs as well. RT

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LIFESTYLE

Forget resolutions: 10 daily health commitments for success

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he top new year’s resolution is living a healthier lifestyle, but three quarters of Canadians who make a resolution eventually break it — often in the first three months. Instead, experts say making health commitments rather than resolutions is more effective, because each time you make a decision, it’s like doing another rep at the gym, exercising your willpower and making it stronger. enough water, take a In a new study from Centrum, multivitamin, avoid junk food or 48 per cent of Canadians identify take the stairs. evenings as the most challenging 2. Write it down. Account for your time of day to make healthy choices. daily commitments and actions Similar to how your muscles get with a written record. tired toward the end of a workout, 3. Plan ahead. Pack a lunch for the strength of your willpower fades the next day every night before over the course of a day. bed. People with a plan are more successful in keeping their For better success, commit to commitments. these daily small steps to help 4. Replace bad habits. Have a ring in the new you: vegetable or fruit for your snack, 1. Set a daily intention. Drink instead of a sugary treat.

5. Book time in your calendar. Schedule a 30 minute workout — it’s as important as any other appointment. 6. Keep things you need to stay on track. Have healthy habits helpers like your step counter, reusable water bottle or multivitamin where you can see them, like on your kitchen or bathroom counter. 7. Set a reminder. Use your smartphone calendar to make things like stretching or drinking water automatic. 8. Tell someone. Let a friend or coworker in on your daily goal so they can check in and keep you honest. 9. Tie it to something bigger. Commit to a larger goal that you can work toward daily. 10.Reward yourself. Recognizing and celebrating progress solidifies your commitment and provides ongoing motivation. (NC) RT

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Alliance Truck Parts Expands Fan Clutch and Clutch Product Lines

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lliance Truck Parts has significantly expanded its fan clutch and clutch product lines. The fan clutch product line, which originally included only four fan clutch rebuild kits, now features more than 2,000 part numbers including remanufactured fan clutches, rebuild kits and accessories. The clutch product line has also increased from eight clutches to more than 300 part numbers including clutches, components and accessories. Alliance Fan Clutch Product Line The expanded all-makes fan clutch line now includes all industry-leading styles of fan clutches, fan clutch accessories, 2-speed fan clutches and fan blades. In addition, the product line now includes: • Complete fan drives ready for quick installation • Cost-saving fan clutch rebuild kits • Alliance spring-engaged DM-style fan clutches that have the highest torque rating in the industry (more than 5,000 inch-pounds) • Air-engaged fan clutches that include 100% U.S. components, two-bearing design, higher-quality lining and superior Viton O-rings. Alliance Clutch Product Line With the expansion, the Alliance clutch product line now includes a complete offering of new allmakes clutch assemblies, install kits, flywheels and complementary components. The product line features the newest clutch technology, including Easy Effort and AutoSet Clutches with all new components, which is the latest in self-adjusting clutch technology. All heavy-duty clutches will be backed by a twoyear/unlimited-mile nationwide warranty.  All medium-duty clutches and fan clutches will be backed by a 1-year/unlimited-mile nationwide warranty serviceable at more than 800 locations including Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. RT

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Guest Column: Health

Hepatitis A

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appy New Year! Now that winter has arrived, many people will travel south in search of sunshine and heat. South America and the Caribbean are favorite winter destinations for Canadians. One thing to keep in mind when traveling to these regions of the world is the risk of contracting hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a virus which causes a highly contagious liver infection. This infection in turn causes severe liver inflammation and can affect liver function. The hepatitis A virus is usually transmitted from person to person via fecal-oral route. Essentially, a person becomes infected with the virus after eating a tiny amount of contaminated fecal matter. The spread of hepatitis A is most commonly caused by poor hygiene practices or contaminated water. The two most common ways of infection transmission are eating foods that has been handled by someone with the virus who doesn’t thoroughly wash their hands or drinking contaminated water. The symptoms of hepatitis A usually appear a few weeks after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include: 4Joint pain 4Fever 4Fatigue 4Right sided abdominal pain 4Nausea 4Dark urine

4Jaundice 4Clay-colored stool It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that you have hepatitis A. Your doctor will be able to detect the presence of the hepatitis virus by taking a simple blood test. The good news is that most people who are infected with this virus fully recover with no permanent liver damage. In general, mild cases of hepatitis A do not require any form of treatment and resolves on its own with in a few weeks. More severe causes may last several months. At this time, there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A. Treatment generally consists of rest and symptom control. Medications that help to reduce pain and nausea may be prescribed. In addition, it is important to rest the liver by not drinking alcohol and minimizing the amount of medication taking. It is a good idea to review your medications with your pharmacist if you have hepatitis A as some medications are very hard on the liver.

Like I always say, prevention is the best treatment. Practicing good hygiene which includes frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to Dr Christopher H. Singh reduce the spread Chiropractor, runs Trans of hepatitis A. It is Canada Chiropractic at 230 especially important Truck Stop in Woodstock, to wash your hands Ont. He can be reached after using the toilet, at 519-421-2024 E.mail: changing a diaper chris_singh@sympatico.ca or before preparing food. There is also a vaccine for hepatitis A that some travellers decide to get before they go on vacation. To add to this, it is always a good idea to research the resort or hotel that you are planning on staying at to see if the water is safe to drink and that they have not had any hepatitis A outbreaks recently. It is good practice to peel and/ or wash all fresh fruits yourself and only drink beverages of known purity. Whenever possible, drink only bottled water and use it to brush your teeth. Finally, avoid undercooked or raw meats or fish. Although hepatitis A is usually a not a life-threatening infection, it can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. Thus, keep these simple tips in mind and your liver will thank you for it. Until next month, drive safely. 

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Advertisers Index (A-Z) Name of Advertiser Ajay Lekhi CPA 

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ROAD SAFETY

Many Canadians Admit to Texting at Red Lights-it’s a dangerous habit, says CAA

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ne third (33 per cent) of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light in the last month, says a poll released by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). For British Columbians, 26 per cent come clean and say they’ve texted at a red light. That is despite evidence that your mind could still be distracted and not on the task of driving for up to 27 seconds after interacting with your phone – which lasts longer than the time it takes to drive through an intersection. The gap in attention after a driver switches their focus from texting back to driving means as people drive through an intersection, they’re still not yet completely focused on the task of driving. “Texting at a red light is a dangerous habit and these numbers are troubling,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs for CAA National. “The distraction effect of texting at a red light lingers well after the light turns green and a driver begins moving into the intersection where vehicle and pedestrian traffic are happening in all directions.” And while nearly 70 per cent of Canadians believe using their phone at a red light is unacceptable, this has not stopped people from doing it. “It’s socially unacceptable to drive drunk, and that’s where we need to get with texting,” says Walker. “Attitudes are beginning to shift, but our actions need to follow and drivers waiting to text when they’re stopped at a red light still isn’t good enough to ensure everyone’s safety.” Findings are based on a CAA poll of 2,012 Canadians.  A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.2%, 19 times out of 20.   RT

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