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elcome to the June 2012 edition of Road Today and thanks for your continued interest in the award-winning magazine for the changing face of trucking industry. The current edition carries stories, features, updates on new products and developments related to trucking industry. Regular features like Trucking Quotient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, Entertainment, Health Column, Kids Corner, etc. also make good read. Road Today Media Group extends a big THANK YOU to all sponsors, exhibitors, dignitaries, industry friends, volunteers and all the visitors and attendees for coming out in large numbers to the 4th annual Road Today Truck Show held at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. It was a delightful sight to see attendees from varied age groups visiting the show and embracing the insights of the industry. We have now started working on the grand 5th year celebrations to be held next year. Please forward your suggestions and creative ideas to us via email at truckshow@roadtoday.com The Brampton Road Safety Committee has launched a month long Distracted Driving Campaign to make roads and rail crossings safer. The campaign adopts a three-prong approach: enforcement, education and citizen engagement. We would like to request our readers to stay away from any kind of distraction while driving or using the roads as pedestrians to avoid collisions, injuries and unfortunate fatalities. Ontario drivers can now sign up to get email reminders for driver’s licence and licence plate sticker renewals. The email replaces the paper

notice sent by regular mail and could save up to $8 million per year in paper and postage costs if all eligible Ontarians sign up. We welcome such initiatives aimed to make it easier for families to access important government services, when and where they need them. We would like to thank Peel Regional Council for adopting the Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan - a collaboration of Peel Goods Movement Task Force (formed in 2009) members from the private and public sectors involved in transportation and logistics. As we all know, the efficient movement of goods is critically important for the economies of Peel Region, the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) and beyond. As we enter the busy summer season, drivers are reminded to help keep our roads safe by not drinking and driving, and obeying the rules of the road. By driving defensively and being on the lookout for impaired, speeding and other dangerous drivers, everyone can help keep Ontario’s roads and waterways safe. Let’s do our part to make our lives safer by driving sensibly. If you want to reach the Road Today team through social media, we are readily available on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And do tune in to our award winning radio program broadcast every Sunday on CJMR 1320 AM or listen online at www.roadtodayradio.com Drive safe. Always remember: someone back home is waiting for you!

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ISSN:1712-7602 Vol.9, Issue 6 JUNE 2012 AWARD WINNING MAGAZINE

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GOODS MOVEMENT PLAN RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM PEEL REGIONAL COUNCIL Peel Regional Council has adopted the Peel Region Goods Movement Strategic Plan - a collaboration of Peel Goods Movement Task Force (formed in 2009) members from the private and public sectors involved in transportation and logistics. The Region of Peel, along with the Task Force, will now work towards implementing the actions items.

CTA, OSA CANADA LAUNCH SLEEP APNEA SCREENING & TREATMENT PILOT The Canadian Trucking Alliance, in partnership with OSA Canada is launching a first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada to deliver a full service sleep apnea program to commercial truck drivers. Where ever you are located in the country, OSA Canada will visit your terminal to screen, test and diagnose drivers as well as equip and train identified drivers with sleep apnea to use their CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treatment machine and mask -- all within 72 hours or less.

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The 4th annual Road Today Truck Show was held successfully at the Powerade Centre in Brampton on May 26th and 27th. The show featured activities of interest for attendees’ young and old, including an indoor and outdoor trade show, job fair, a show and shine competition, Ontario Provincial Police rollover simulator, kids and family entertainment and lots more. See some select show pictures in the current edition starting Page 21 onwards and also visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/roadtoday for extensive photo galleries.


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more. About 100 exhibitors from a variety of sectors of the trucking and transportation industry took part in the trade show, including companies focused on trucks, trailers, heavy-duty parts and accessories, engines and power train components, servicing equipment and supplies, fuels and fuel additives, and financial and computer services. The participants, displays and activities of the show were tailored to give life to the show motto - Inform, Educate & Entertain. A large number of visitors came through the doors and were seen making the best use of available resources. The staff from Ministry of Transportation commercial vehicle enforcement division and CBSA eManifest Directorate was very busy answering the queries of truckers. The companies looking to hire drivers and owner-operators were quite happy to discuss available opportunities with the potential work force. The Brampton Road Safety Committee also launched a month long Distracted Driving Campaign during the Road Today Truck Show to make roads and rail crossings safer. The campaign adopts a three-prong approach: enforcement, education and citizen engagement. A ‘driving simulator’ was on-site where drivers were able to experience firsthand-- without putting their lives on the line—what can happen when driving while distracted. The show was visited by prominent dignitaries including Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, Parm Gill, Member Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, Harinder Takhar, Ontario Minister of Government Services, Dipika Damerla, MPP from Mississauga East—Cooksville and John Sanderson, Regional Councillor. Planning is already underway for the mega 5th year celebrations of the Road Today Truck Show lined up for May 2013. For show related pictures, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/roadtoday

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such technologies, which includes stability control systems, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and lane departure warning systems. After a state of flux due to their responsibility in meeting EPA emissions regulations, trucking original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) “focusing on soft technologies and system integration will stoke higher adoption rates because of the compliance, safety, accountability (CSA) regulation, possible upcoming legislative support and energyprice volatility,” the report states. “The development of ISS focused on collision mitigation, rising accident coverage costs and shortage of skilled drivers in the industry, point towards the need of advanced safety technologies for trucks.” Meanwhile, truck OEMs and system suppliers must work more closely with each other as well as with new market groups such as telematics service providers.

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Being a Leader in Safety Through Creativity Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for twenty five years. He now operates Outridge Consulting Services helping create professional drivers for the transportation industry. For more details please visit www.outridge.ca.

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ou are probably wondering why the guy who normally talks about business and leadership is talking about safety. In my mind safety is leadership and those that are promoting safety are the leaders of the industry. Now there are many in our industry promoting safety, you know who you are and I applaud you for doing it tirelessly every day. The reason I bring this up is that I talk with many associates in the industry and start to see a common theme that shows through. With fuel costs rising, driver recruitment in the forefront many times the safety budget get sent to the back burner. Safety should be on the front burner of any company and many of you have them where they should be. What I want you to think about with this article is the effectiveness of your safety program. Safety is continual, safety needs to be memorable, and safety needs to be creative. Did I say creative? Creativity should be at the forefront of any safety program to make it effective. Safety to most is boring and repetitive. Many companies focus on once or twice a year to have a safety meeting and it is usually reactive to either an issue with their CSA record, an incident that happened to an employee, or an agenda that has been sent down from management. The point is that the creativity gets stifled creating a predictable boring safety program. Think of safety like time management, to be on time you have to have a well thought out plan,

have the resources to pull it off, and have an end goal in mind for success. Safety is the same thing, you need a well thought out plan, the resources to pull it off, and an end goal in mind for success. So how do you define the goals and topic agendas for your safety program and get them implemented

with some creativity. Start with your operation, you may have specific topics that should be covered due to your industry such as construction, hazardous material, etc. Next take a look at your safety record and look for areas where you may be having issues, if you can go back a year or two and see if any issues are recurring on a regular basis. Once you have that information you can now focus the topics you need and start gathering information. Up to now this information should be straight forward, but now is the part where you

need to start getting creative. What will make your materials look different from what they have been looking like for the last year? If you think putting out the same memo on speeding that you used last year you are terribly mistaken. If you think that by having all your materials looking like a bad Powerpoint on white paper will make the team read your safety memo you are also very mistaken. Things have to be new, things have to fresh, and you have to be creative. I can sit through safety training sessions from many different people and see the same material. I even see the same videos that everyone has downloaded from Youtube. Realize the size of your team will dictate what avenues and budgets are available for delivery of your program, but there are inexpensive ways of making your safety program unique. Start by looking at things like adding humour, adding graphics that will stand out, figure out ways to make sure the message is reviewed no matter how simple the program may seem. The final piece is to do it regularly and in a timely manner. Don’t wait for your annual meeting and then have a four hour complaint session, have the safety program go all year and save the annuals for larger training, and company updates. Team leaders that are creative, unique, and plan are the ones that stay ahead of the curve and remain fresh and diligent. Review, change, and get creative with your program and get the results you want.

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o you’ve finally bitten the bullet and set your business up with an account on Twitter, Facebook or maybe LinkedIn. You spent hours finding the perfect template and background image for your page and there it now sits, complete with your company logo, contact information and profile. It is a thing of beauty, if you do say so yourself. You hit ‘publish’ and then sit back to wait for the masses to ‘follow,’ ‘like’ or ‘invite you to connect’ and do some business. A week later, you check in to see that the only people in your network are your wife, teenage kid and somebody whose Twitter name is @ sexyblonde. Before you throw in the towel and hit ‘delete,’ here are a six things you can do to start building a social media network that is relevant to your business: 1. Know Your Goals and Your Audience Don’t jump into social media just because everybody else is doing it. Make sure you have a clear idea about what it is you want to accomplish by using this medium. Do you want to grow your trading network? Improve brand recognition? Develop partnerships? All of the above? Make sure your purpose is clear. Once you have your goal in mind, you can then set the parameters for the types of people and companies you want in your network. These could include current and potential customers, trading partners, industry influences or others. Once you know who your target audience is, you need to start creating and/or sharing content that they will find useful and that will get their attention. Create your own by writing a blog and/or share good content being created by others by reposting, providing commentary and initiating discussions. Of course, sales and branding can be there too...but they

should be secondary to the content. 2. Bring Your Offline Network Online You will be surprised at how many people in your existing network are using social media. Go through your little black book, email contact list and rolodex. Visit websites and start checking email signatures for the growing number of people who are adding direct links to their social media pages in these places. Don’t forget the stack of business cards you have sitting on your desk as more and more people are adding social media page links here as well. In other cases, a simple Google search for ‘XYZ Company Twitter’ or ‘XYZ Company Facebook’ can also take you to the social media page of one of your offline contacts. 3. Follow Your Followers’ Followers One of the great things about social media is that it’s transparent: Once you have added someone to your network, you are then able to see (and add) whoever is in their network. Make a practice of skimming the pages the folks you are adding for people and companies that you know, recognize or that fit into whatever criteria you have set for your target audience...and invite them to connect. Yes, some people might ‘block’ you or decline your friend request, but if your invitation takes prospective network members to a page that is predominantly full of valuable content and not just a sales pitch, you will find that more people will join than not. 4. Generate ‘buzz’ Having folks retweet, repost or otherwise share a blog post, comment or link that comes from you 35

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Automotive Volvo Trucks’ Remote Diagnostics Maximizes Vehicle Uptime by Keeping Transportation Customers Connected Service

Superintendents Association (ATSSA )Important Update

Remote Diagnostics, standard on all Volvo-powered VN model highway trucks, provides a seamless, dynamically connected system of vehicle management tools to help maximize vehicle uptime.

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olvo Trucks recently launched its Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service for North America, which provides a seamless, dynamically connected system of vehicle management tools to help maximize vehicle uptime. Remote Diagnostics will be standard on all Volvo-powered VN model highway trucks. “Remote Diagnostics maximizes vehicle uptime by reaching far beyond proactive diagnostics to deliver total connectivity among the vehicle, Volvo and the decision-makers responsible for maintenance,” said Stephen Roy, Volvo Trucks senior vice president, aftermarket and soft products. Volvo was the first North American truck manufacturer to deliver a telematics solution, offering fleet management tools in 2002. Today, Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics provides proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance with

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detailed analysis of critical diagnostic trouble codes. The remote communication platform facilitates live dealer and customer communication through Volvo Action Service, Volvo’s 24/7 support team. Proactive diagnostics streamline service procedures with confirmation of parts on-hand before a truck arrives at a service location, increasing uptime. Remote Diagnostics also provides service case communication and documentation among Volvo Action Service, dealers and customers through ASIST, Volvo’s innovative web-based service management tool, which comes free of charge for two years with the purchase of all new Volvo trucks. Remote Diagnostics is the first service being offered under the new Connected Vehicle Services category of the Volvo Trucks Support Services bundled aftermarket offering.

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ccording to a news release received from ATSSA Toronto, in recent months some ATSSA Branch Executives have opted for a more individualized and less structured arrangement and to broaden their scope to include such as logistics. While the ATSSA remains focused on shop fleet maintenance, it is inviting all members and former members to provide input towards becoming more attractive to maintenance staff, sponsors, and other industry stake holders while remaining true to their core principles, values, and objectives. For further information/clarification on any of the ongoing ATSSA issues, readers can contact Dan Cushing, President @ 416 346 3294 or by email at atssaorg@sympatico.ca

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Indel B introduces second generation “Sleeping Well Arctic Plus” 12vdc No-idle Air-Conditioning System

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he first generation Sleeping Well Arctic 2000 (SW Arctic 2000) with 6,150 BTU of cooling power was a hybrid powered system with integrated 12vdc to 24vdc converters supplying power to the 24vdc compressors and compressor controls. The new Sleeping Well Arctic Plus (SW Arctic Plus) is still a three component system, but it is a full 12vdc system with the same 6,150 BTU output. The result of having a “true” 12vdc system has allowed Indel B’s air-conditioning engineers to make more than 30 system improvements resulting in better overall system performance and reliability. The first generation SW Arctic 2000 had two 12/24vdc converters, a number of relays and a second condenser cooling fan that are not present in the “New” SW Arctic Plus system design. The result is a dramatic 30% reduction in power (amperage) consumption, down to only 55 amps / hour at maximum 6,150 BTU output. This has important advantages for our customers in improving system runtime for extended driver comfort while resting, improved system reliability and extended auxiliary battery pack life. The over-all size of the SW Arctic Plus system’s three components have been reduced. It still has the same high performance “Sleeper Cooling Unit“ (evaporator) that is ultra-quiet and compact for easy sleeper installation, but now has a six speed fan that offers the driver more comfort choices. The “Compressor Box” has been slightly reduced in size and redesigned to better fit under the sleeper bed compartment in most trucks. The exterior “Condenser Unit” still has a standard stainless steel mounting bracket, but is 10% smaller and has also been redesigned to fit more easily on the rear external sleeper wall. A “New Drivers Display” with On-board Diagnostics can assist the driver in the case of a system failure to ensure easier and faster service if required. In most cases, the most common driver notification “E1” would let the driver know that he needs to recharge the systems auxiliary battery www.roadtoday.com

pack. An important feature of the “New Driver Display” is the driver “Option Button”. This feature allows the driver to lock the SW Arctic Plus unit at a reduced speed (output) allowing for extended system runtime for those unexpected longer stop-over’s. For driver convenience and ease of operation the SW Arctic Plus includes a “Driver Remote Control”. One important feature of the SW Arctic Plus system that makes it different from most of its competitors is the high sleeper placement of the efficient and powerful “Sleeper Cooling Unit” (evaporator). The Sleeper Cooling Unit’s return-air is located at the rear of the unit. What this means to the driver is that the SW Arctic Plus system is exchanging / converting the sleeper’s hotter air into cold air, thus removing the hotter sleeper air altogether, making a more comfortable environment within the sleeper. Most competitor’s have their return-air taken in under the sleeper bed thereby returning the cooler air off the floor to their cooling unit and forcing cold air up into the sleeper to cool the driver. Not so efficient! For further information or to reach a dealer in your area go to www.sleepingwell-ac.com

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Trigger finger Dr Christopher H. Singh Chiropractor, runs Trans Canada Chiropractic at 230 Truck Stop in Woodstock, Ont. He can be reached at 519-421-2024 E-mail: chris_singh@sympatico.ca

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s part of their jobs, many professional truck drivers put tremendous strain on their hands. Whether it is gripping the steering wheel or securing a load, drivers are more prone to developing a hand condition called trigger finger than the average person. The medical term for trigger finger is stenosing tenosynovitis. This condition is characterized by a finger or thumb being stuck in a bent position. When straightened, the finger releases with a quick snap similar to a trigger on a gun. Trigger finger most often affects people who continuously work with their hands. Repetitive gripping motions are by far the most common cause of this condition. The repetitive movement of the hand causes irritation and inflammation in the sheath that surrounds the tendon of the affected finger. This eventually leads to narrowing of the sheath which in turn restricts the movement of the tendon. At times the tendon will catch or get stuck in a bent position before popping straight. With prolonged inflammation, the tendon may thicken and scar which can lead to the formation of nodules. When this occurs, the movement of the finger is greatly affected.

The symptoms of trigger finger range from person to person. It can be as mild as morning stiffness in the finger. Another common symptom is popping or clicking of the finger during movement. In the most severe cases, the finger will lock in a bent

position. Trigger finger most commonly affects the thumb and first two fingers of a person’s dominant hand. However, more than one finger can be affected at a time. The diagnosis of trigger finger is usually based on a detailed medical history and physical examination by your health professional. In most cases, sophisticated imaging tests such as MRIs or CT scans are not necessary. The type of treatment your health professional will recommended is usually based on the severity of your symptoms. For mild cases, splinting is a common form of treatment. Your health professional may require you to wear a splint that keeps your

finger in an extended position for up to six weeks. The splint prevents you from moving or bending your finger which will reduce the irritation and inflammation. Another commonly used treatment is finger exercises which are aimed at maintaining movement of your finger. To add to this, avoiding repetitive gripping movements for a few weeks is a good idea. For more severe cases, your health professional may recommend anti inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. These medications may help to reduce the swelling and pain that is associated with trigger finger. Steroid injections are also a possible treatment for severe cases. Although much less common, surgery aimed at releasing the trapped tendon may be performed. Alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture have also been shown to help relieve the symptoms of trigger finger in some cases. If you do begin to notice the symptoms of trigger finger in yourself, it is important to consult with a health care professional as soon as possible due to the fact that this condition is much easier to treat in its early stages. Until next month, take care of your hands and drive safely!

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