Life and Family

Doing Your Job

Transport Canada Publishes New HOS Rule
"No surprises" rule takes effect January 1, 2007.


Click. Click. Click.
Next to the alarm clock, a failure in the starting and charging system is the worst sound youýll hear all day.


Winter Proofing
Trucks need a little seasonal prep work before winter sets in.


Drivetrain Spec'ing
Smart spec'ing is the difference between what you want and what you need.


Let’s Do The Twist
Understanding your engine’s torque curves can unlock the key to better fuel economy.


The Shining
Getting your ride ready for the show circuit takes a lot of imagination and a little elbow grease.


Have Your Say
The feds are inviting submissions to modernize the Canada Labour Code, and they want your input.


Trashy Trucking
Who cares if you have an air about you when you come through the door, at least you’re home every night.


The Perks of the Job
The scenery's good and there's not boss looking over your shoulder, but what are the perks that can separate one carrier from another?


Heads or Tails?
Which pays better: $1000 a week at 40¢ a mile, or $1000 per week at 35¢ a mile plus picks, drops, and border crossings?


Expedite and small-shipment carriers are carving a profitable slice out of the general freight world.


A Leap of Faith
Independence means there’s no fallback position.


Fuel Jockeys
Hauling petroleum products isn’t without risk – or reward – but the rewards outweigh the risks, for the right kind of driver.


All the Right Lies
In the U.S., it's all a matter of how you log your time, not what you do with it.


Terms & Conditions
Owner-op contracts define your relationship with a carrier


To the Edge and Back
There’s no textbook solution for success in trucking, so Saskatoon’s Trent Lalonde wrote his own.


The Final Frontier
It’s man and machine against the elements up in northern Quebec and Labrador. For Wayne Baltzer, it’s just another day at the office.


Big Expectations
Churning and turnover cost everyone in trucking a fortune, drivers and companies alike. It's avoidable.


The days of being tossed out the door with a resounding “You’re fired!” are all but over.


Understanding the Canada Labour Code
Is my boss allowed to deduct damages and/or freight claims from my wages?


Understanding the Canada Labour Code
How do you determine your eligibility for paid holidays, and at what rate?


Counting Your Blessings
Comparing carrier pay packages can be profitable work. Then along comes a new rule book.


For Your Eyes Only
On-line employment applications are great for introducing yourself to a carrier. But don’t give away the farm on the first encounter.


Career Path
What drivers have been missing for all these years is a career path. Here’s a pair of opinions about how to fill that void.


We Do Windows
In the world of just-in-time freight, where timing is everything, a 15-minute delivery window is all that separates success from sorrow.


The Facts of Life
Here are some answers to those nagging little questions you don’t always feel comfortable asking.


Broken Brakes?
Previously undetectable flaws in brake system design may cause more accidents than we'd care to know.


Weight and Balance
Loading for maximum axle weight is a science. But in the real world, there are just too many variables to nail every situation.


By the Clock
Our first in-depth look at the new hours-of-service rules in both the U.S. and Canada. Got your learning cap on?


Living Healthy
Tips to help you win the battle of the bulge and improve fitness.


Watch That Ground Pressure
Staying under the legal gross weight is challenge enough. Axleing-out legally is another matter.


The Other Option
Driver-service outfits have a lot to offer, both in terms of opportunity and flexibility.


Haulin' HAZMAT
It's an increasingly difficult job, but if you take to it, you'll end up being a better driver. Much better.


Ice Jockeys
Out here, one day is all it takes to weed out the adventure junkies.


Haulin' Bed Bugs
Household-goods moving is an entirely different kind of trucking.


The Never, Never Plan
Some of the lease-to-own plans out there really do work, but some don't. Here's how to sort them out.


Career Limiting Moves
A few tips to help keep your career on the blacktop.


So You Wanna Be an Owner-Operator?
There's more to it than meets the eye. Here are a few points to consider before taking the leap.


Going to Market
Can you profit from the so-called driver shortage?


Due Diligence
Who can predict what might await you around the next bend in the road?


Dump Trucks
Trading the highway for a hard hat, and maybe a little time off in the winter.


Two by Two
Team driving is a different way of life, and it can be profitable, if you're made that way.


The Next Steps
Pick a career direction and seek the training you'll need to get there.


Why Hire an Accountant?
Would you step over a dollar to pick up a dime?


The job doesn't stop with hiring the driver.


Paving the Way
Put your hard-earned experience to a noble use: make rookies whole.


Beyond the Wheel, Part III
Driver to dispatcher: a logical transition, but not every wannabe is cut from the right cloth.


The Tax Man Cometh
It's time to start planning your 2001 meal-tax strategy.


Beyond the Wheel
There are jobs in trucking besides driving. Here's how to plan your way into one.


Nerves of Steel, Heart of Gold
Nova Scotia driver trainer packs a career's learning into a mere 100 hours.


Tools of the Trade
How to build up a basic toolbox to save yourself a service call.


Going It Alone
Having your own operating authority is enticing, but it's no bed of roses.


Shop Tools
A compelling case for expanding your knowledge base on matters mechanical.


Do-it-Yourself Disaster
The one-man driver service: a scheme or a scam?


Sam's Yer Uncle
But is he your friend? The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service takes itself pretty seriously: you should too.


One Step at a Time
How to buy your way into a successful small trucking business. A primer for the owner-operator wannabe.


Freight Focus: Steel Coil Hauling
Big loads, good pay and plenty of opportunity for local work make steel hauling an interesting career option.


The Trip Inspection: Driver Liability
How the first 30 minutes of your shift can affect the rest of your life.


Is This Progress?
Current trip inspection regs are vague and confusing. Ontario's working on it.


Apples & Oranges
How to tell the difference between one carrier's deal and another's.


Freight Focus: Chip Hauling
Chip hauling means maximum cube and maximum gross - half the time.


Freight Focus: Expedited Trucking
It's the expeditors who keep the assembly lines moving when the big guys drop the ball.


Gino's Money Maker
Truck of the Month: fancy iron and an Alberta guy who likes to play in the dirt.


Freight Focus: The Flatdeck World
We peek under the tarp.


What's a Driver Worth?
It's hard to define the value of the work you do. But the pay should be rewarding enough to keep you coming back for more.


Tie-Down Traps
Are you sure you've got the right gear for the job?


So You Wanna be an Owner Operator?, Pt.V
There's more to it than meets the eye. This series of stories will shed the light on the challenges and rewards of owning and operating your own business.


Who's Who, What's What?
How do you tell what they stand for if you don't know who they are?


Words to Live By
Making the owner-operator contract work for you, too.


So You Wanna be an Owner Operator?, Pt.IV
Carrier offerings can get a little confusing. There might more on the table than you realize.


Safe...or Sorry
Fed up with ambiguity over who's got WCB insurance and who hasn't, some shippers are demanding proof of coverage...or you don't load.


Staying Power
There are lots of reasons to leave a carrier, but many more reasons to stay.


So You Wanna be an Owner Operator?, Pt.III
There's more to it than meets the eye. This series of stories will shed a little light on the challenges and rewards of owning and operating your own business.


Neat Gizmos
A few must-have accessories, and they're worth every penny.


Freight Focus: Workin' the Patch
Nothing even comes close to Alberta's oil fields.


My Mentor: A Head Start
Veteran truck driver Greg Swain is an instructor at the Northern Academy of Transport Training in Toronto.


Freight Focus: Grain Hauling
Prairie truckers are finding opportunity in adversity.


So You Wanna be an Owner Operator?, Pt.II
There's more to it than meets the eye. This series of stories will shed a little light on the challenges and rewards of owning and operating your own business.


Safety and Compliance: Mirror Image
No high-tech stuff here, it's just a matter of learning how to use 'em.


Freight Focus: Dry Bulk Hauling
A new meaning to 'no fingerprinting'.


Safety and Compliance: The Rhythm Method Works
Proposed changes to hours-of-service regs may finally let drivers get the sleep they need, when they need it.


Freight Focus: Patience Required
Heavy hauling is tough, challenging work, but the rewards can be considerable.


Then and Now: A Cost Comparison
Costs have been outstripping rates, but by how much?


So You Wanna be an Owner Operator?
There's more to it than meets the eye. This series of stories will shed the light on the challenges and rewards of owning and operating your own business.


School Daze, Pt.IV
So, you wanna be a truck driver...Part 4


Safety and Compliance: Recap This
More on hours of service.


Freight Focus: Portable Parking Lots
Cars certainly don't drive themselves onto dealer lots.


Safety and Compliance: Driver Training? Forget It!
The value of education.


Freight Focus: A Different Breed
Hauling livestock gets into your blood, but you've got to have the right kind of blood.


School Daze, Pt.III
So, you wanna be a truck driver...Part 3


Freight Focus: Automotive Freight
When hauling auto parts, a driver's biggest competitor is often the clock.


School Daze, Pt.II
So you wanna be a truck driver...Part 2


Safety and Compliance: Knowledge Gaps
How do you know what you need to know if you don't know what you don't know?


School Daze
So, you wanna be a truck driver...


Freight Focus: Pickup & Delivery
The P&D driver's job is changing: he's doing more dock work, as well as working more nights and weekends.


The Job Interview
The job interview is a time for you to ask questions too. It might make for a happy long-term relationship.


Yankin' A Tanker
Funny thing about liquid-tank drivers: given a choice, most of them wouldn't do anything else.


Who's Driving Tank?
The face you're likely to see behind the wheel of a tank truck is not the face of the average driver.