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Here we come, prying into your personal lives again. This time, we're curious to know how you're doing financially and where you plan to be in the future. Staying in trucking, ready to retire, bailing for greener pastures, or putting up until something better comes your way? We hope you won't mind sharing this bit of information with us, and we'll put it to good use. Promise.

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Cabotage Rules
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) describes what Canadian drivers can and cannot do while operating in the United States.

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Cargo Securement Driver's Handbook

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has produced a driver's handbook to assist in understanding and compliance with the North American Cargo Securement Standard.

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Be Safe Tonight
Looks like we've got ourselves some convoys.
Life and Family

Heavy Lifting
Truckers get passing grade from Roadcheck.
Doing Your Job

Changing the Public Image
Even in Afghanistan, if the soldiers got it, a truck brought it.

The Other Log:


Outlook 2011: A look at the top issues facing truckers.
Plus: What the future holds.
Ad closing date: Dec. 1
Ad material date: Dec. 10


Fuel Efficiency:Driving advice and spec'ing tricks.
Plus: The latest in aerodynamics.
Ad closing date: Jan. 1
Ad material date: Jan. 10


Business Guide: Insurance, taxes, financing, money matters in general.
Plus: Contract negotiation.
Ad closing date: Feb. 1
Ad material date: Feb. 10


Cleaning and Customization:Different ways to dress up a rig.
Plus: Tires and wheels.
Ad closing date: Mar. 1
Ad material date: Mar. 10


ExpoCam: A rundown of the show's highlights, including our 2010 highwaySTAR of the Year.
Plus: Mid-America 2010 show.
Ad closing date: Apr. 1
Ad material date: Apr. 10


Engines: We check on the performance of 2010 engines.
Plus: The latest environmental initiatives.
Additional Distribution:
Atlantic Truck Show
Ad closing date: May 1
Ad material date: May 10


The Top 50 Fleets: A statistical look at the for-hire industry.
Plus: Buying a rig: new vs. used.
Ad closing date: June 1
Ad material date: June 10


Doing Your Job: A refresher on keeping employers and enforcement officers happy.
Plus: Tips for crossing the border.
Ad closing date: July 1
Ad material date: July 10


Truck Shows: A rundown of our favourite moments from the summer's truck shows.
Ad closing date: Aug. 1
Ad material date: Aug. 10


Maintenance: The top 10 must-do items and how to deal with them.
Plus: Brake systems.
Ad closing date: Sept. 1
Ad material date: Sept. 10


Health on the Road.
Plus: In-cab entertainment systems.
Ad closing date: Oct. 1
Ad material date: Oct. 10


The Best of Product Watch 2010:
Lockwood's favourites.
Plus: GPS units and mapping software.
Ad closing date: Nov. 1
Ad material date: Nov. 10

Full 2011 Events Listing

highwaySTAR Careers: Careers for Drivers

[Nov. 24/10]

What's your story?

As the incoming editor of highwayStar, I'll be doing more listening than talking.

By Allan Janssen

Well, as the incoming editor of this magazine, I guess I should start by telling you something about myself.

I suppose that's only fair since it will be my job in the coming months to ask you a lot about yourselves. I might as well set the tone by being as candid as I can.
The first thing you should know about me is that I'm not a trucker. I love big rigs, and I'm actively pursuing my A-Z. But I wouldn't dream of calling myself a trucker. That would be presumptuous and, frankly, insulting to you.
The second thing you should know, though, is that I'm definitely on your side. As a journalist, I'm here to tell your stories, celebrate your successes, and pass along the wit and wisdom I hear when I talk to you one on one. I'll be doing a lot more listening in this job than talking.
If that approach sounds familiar to you, it should. It's long been the mantra of my predecessor, Rolf Lockwood. In fact, about the best thing I can say for myself as the new editor of highwayStar is that I've worked alongside of Rolf for well over a decade and I plan to cover the world of professional trucking in much the same way that he did. (Although without his skill and natural flair, I'll have to work a lot harder to achieve the same results!)

Rolf has always stressed that it is our job as journalists to inform, entertain, and help our readers make a buck or two.

In pursuit of those goals, I want to talk to as many of you as I can. I want to hear about the issues you're facing, and learn how you're dealing with them. I want to understand what you think this industry needs to do to stay efficient, competitive, and profitable.

I may be a stranger to you now, but if I do my job properly a good number of you will get to know me quite well. I'll be calling you up to get your views, buying you coffee at some far-flung truck stop, and walking the aisles of truck shows with you.

My first stop was the biennial Truxpo show in Abbotsford, B.C. I brought some business cards and introduced myself to as many people as I could. I was struck by how friendly and open everyone was. And there was no shortage of opinions!

You told me about ongoing confusion over hours of service, the dearth of proper rest stops across the country, the importance of staying up to date on new technology in this ever-changing industry, coping with increasingly burdensome government regulations, and the reason some companies can't retain drivers. But the issue that I found most compelling was how you're all dealing with an economy that has been less than kind.

Allan Janssen
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