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3 Steps to Surviving Valentine’s Day While Driving a Truck

Today is Valentine’s Day and as truck drivers there is a good chance that you will miss it. If the fact that you will be on the road bothers you on this day will depend on how long you have been together with your significant other and how important you feel this day is to your life. Some people find this a really big deal and if you miss it can be very disappointing. Others are like myself find Valentine’s Day just an excuse for flower shops and candy stores to make more money and will go out of my way not to do anything on this day. My wife has been told that this will happen as I am totally opposed to the commercial side of the day. Then there is the group of people that feel Valentine’s Day could come or go and their day wouldn’t change at all. Deciding which group you fall into is totally your decision.

 

Where the trouble starts is when you phone home to talk to your partner and they say, “Happy Valentine’s Day, I got you a special gift.” You now go into panic mode because you didn’t buy anything and was hoping they had forgotten. All the miles for the rest of the day will now have you thinking of how you can make it look like you had something planned all along. What do you do?

Here are 3 steps making it look like you were already prepared.

Step 1-Answer properly!

The first thing to do when on the phone and you aren’t prepared is to act like you are prepared. Answer back with “Happy Valentine’s Day” and follow with I have something for you too, but it’s a surprise and I will give it to you when I get home. This will give you hours or days to get prepared depending on your trip.

Step 2-Put your thinking cap on!

At this point try not to panic as that will cost you more. If you were man talking on telephoneto panic and send flowers home right away they will cost you an arm and a leg. Picking your significant other a hat from the truck stop possibly won’t go over as well as you wish either. Getting creative about what to give is a matter of knowing your partner and thinking about the bigger picture. If you are on the road all the time then time may be the biggest gift you can give, even if it is after the actual day. Most people will move the the romantic time of the actual day to another day when it falls during the week, so this works perfect for you.

Step 3-Make it Personal!

Step two just gave you some time to gather your thoughts. Step three is about making it happen by making it about the other person. If you can pick up a small gift while on your trip this will make it seem like you were planning things all along. But really make it special when you return home. Carve out time for a special dinner, date night, or some other idea to spend time together. Even a pizza can be special if thought has been into the importance of the evening. I am sure whatever you decide will work for you. Oh by the way, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

This stuff isn’t taught in truck driving schools because they focus on what’s important for the job. If you are looking for certified truck training the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is a great place to start. You can learn more about them at www.ttsao.com

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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TTSAO Insurance Group Holds Town Hall Meeting at Conference

On February 28, from 2:30pm -3:30pm, the TTSAO Insurance Group welcomes you to attend a townhall meeting taking place on Day 1 of the TTSAO 3rd Annual Conference. Don’t miss your chance to come be heard and hear what’s driving your industry.

During the session those attending will learn about alternatives to Lisa Arseneautraditional insurance (i.e. captive programs). Also during the session, the TTSAO Insurance Group will be discussing key issues including driver eligibility, compliance and instructor certification.

We have included a short questionnaire to help develop the foundation of the meeting. Please click on the link to complete the survey.

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This is a FREE townhall for those attending the conference!

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TTSAO Talks Youth and Diversity at 3rd Annual Conference

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is looking towards the future at their annual conference this year as they focus on youth objectives and the changing face of the trucking industry. There are many changes happening at this time in the industry from technology to equipment and none of those issues come with easy solutions yet all of those industry components affect the training industry in transportation.

With all of these changes in full swing this years conference will be important to help many schools decide on a direction for the future. Some of the questions hopefully answered at the conference will include how youth can become more involved in the industry with good career options? How new technology and autonomous trucks are going to affect the training industry? The insurance industry is also changing drastically within the industry and this area has always been an area of confusion for students and carriers. This is an area that hopefully will be addressed at the conference this year with the new insurance group that was formed at the end of 2017 by the TTSAO.

How will all these issues and more be answered? This is the TTSAO’s 3rd Annual Conference being held in Mississauga, Ontario on February 28th to March 1st with a lineup of various panels and industry experts. The conference will kick off with the Insurance Group led by newly appointed Director Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance as they talk about myths in the industry for students.

Youth will also be a focus of the conference in the industry and there are many areas that will be addressing youth issues. Many of these issues will be talked about in the Youth Panel and the Young Leaders Presentations scheduled for the morning of the conference.

Diversity is also being addressed as the industry changes the face of trucking. Diversity issues will be discussed early in the afternoon with a presentation on Diversity in Trucking with Jane Jazwary.

Finally the conference will wind up looking to the future with TTSAO Conference-Bannerindustry expert Lou Smyrlis as he offers an outlook on what the future looks like for the trucking industry. Smyrlis will offer a five year look into the future allowing participants to have an idea of where to focus their efforts for the future. This is an area everyone is looking towards to direct the proper attention to issues for the future.

How do you get involved?

Seating is limited for this event but there is space available for attendees and some sponsor opportunities are still available. The two day event will include after event parties, trade show styled sponsor opportunities, and much more. You can learn more about conference by visiting the TTSAO website under the conference tab and you can register directly for the conference by sending in the registration form included below. The last two years of the conference have been well attended and will include many industry supporters. You can learn more at www.ttsao.com

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2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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TTSAO adds new sponsors 2018 Conference

With the conference only a month away details are being finalized and sponsors are coming on board in droves. As of this week the agenda has been revised and here are the current sponsors involved.

There are still a few spots left for those wishing to become sponsors of the conference. Click the link below to view sponsorship opportunities. TTSAO Sponsorship Opportunities Chart (v5)

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If you haven’t registered for the conference there are still seats left, register today!

2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

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Trucker Refuses to Stop his Career Because of Wheelchair

What is holding you back from starting your career? Is it the thought that you can’t handle the daily tasks required to be a truck driver? Is it a lack of funding, drive, a disability, or knowledge? There are many reasons people get held back in their desired career path, but many times there are options to help you get around those issues and on your way to a successful career. Let me share a story with you that will hopefully inspire you to get started down the path of your choice.

In my mind truck driving is one of the most demanding careers someone can do. It involves long hours away from family, mile after mile on open highways, and unexpected delays that are out of a driver’s control. It can be hard days on the road as a professional driver and it would be easy to come up with excuses why a different career may be more enticing. What keeps people engaged in a career with so many obstacles?

For those that have been drivers or continue to drive will have a different take on a driving career. Drivers will often talk of the open road, the places they have seen, and the people they’ve met. Many enjoy the independence and not having a boss looking over your shoulder. Then there are the trucks themselves that keep many of us in the industry. There is a certain feeling you get guiding a big rig down the road. Then there are the people that take dedication to the next level and have the knowledge that without truck the shelves of your local store would be pretty empty.

I have read articles in the past about drivers that have found creative ways to get around their disabilities and have seen some creative ways they have done so. Every time I read about anyone overcoming an obstacle such as a disability in any industry I have to admire their dedication and creativeness. Recently I came across a video posted by another driver as a driver in a wheelchair was fueling his truck and taking care of the day to day duties of being a professional driver. Watching this video without any sound is inspiring in itself as this driver did not let the fact that he was in a wheelchair stop him from a career in driving. I will add the link to the video below but since it is on Facebook you may need an account to view it.

This video is so inspiring! No Excuses!

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To sum up the video for you in case you couldn’t view it this driver had a custom wheelchair ramp built in his truck in the sleeper part allowing him to get in and out of the truck through the sleeper compartment. The video shows him fueling the truck, washing the windows, and then getting back into the truck. Very inspiring to say the least.

So if a disability such as being in a wheelchair is still not enough to keep a driver from a career on the road as a professional driver then what is holding you back? If I had been this driver I am sure looking at the size of the truck and the configuration of the vehicle would have been enough to have me think twice about a career in trucking. Even if you think you can’t do it it is worth talking to people in the industry to see if there is a way around the issue. It may be all you need to start a great career.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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TTSAO Announces Addition to Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 24, 2018 – Hamilton, ON:

On Tuesday January 16th the Truck Training Schools Association of Lisa ArseneauOntario (TTSAO) Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new seat on the board. This new seat was created to include the newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group. Lisa Arseneau, current chairman of the insurance group, will fill the new seat. Arseneau has been in involved in the trucking industry, on the insurance side, since 1987.

Arseneau says, “With the trucking industry being so Driver reliant, graduates are going to play a vital role. I applaud my insurer partners for recognizing and participating in the TTSAO Insurance Group in such a positive fashion. I am very honored to be accepted to the TTSAO Board and look forward to an exciting year!”

The insurance group consists of brokers and insurance company ttsao logorepresentatives who are associate members of the TTSAO. The TTSAO has always viewed insurance companies and brokers as an extended customer of the TTSAO schools. Following a student’s successful completion of a TTSAO course it is very important to carriers to ensure students are insurable so that industry can hire them. The TTSAO Membered Schools certify thousands of students every year and are the number one supplier of entry level graduates collectively to the industry in the Province.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations says, “The TTSAO Board of Directors is very excited to include representation from the Insurance Group on the Board. Lisa brings many years of knowledge and passion for the industry and we are all excited to have her on the board as we continue to grow the association”.

For more information visit www.ttsao.com or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance – larseneau@staebler.com or (519) 743-5882

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Training could have saved this near miss incident!

I was talking with friends in the street when we turned to see this lady almost get hit by a truck. My heart stopped as I watched it happening and couldn’t believe my eyes. The first thing I thought was that safety training would have prevented this incident in the first place.

My wife calls me Mr. Safety and I am sure many of my safety and trainer colleagues are probably judged the same. You get used to looking out for unsafe acts on the roadways but even I didn’t see this one coming. As soon as I saw it happening this is the first thing you are taught not to do in any certified truck training school. Here is how this horrible near miss happened.

I was out for my morning workout on a busy two way street. There is Trucks in mountainsonly one lane in either direction and buses stop to pick people up and let people off on a regular basis. I happened to run into some friends and we began to chat on the sidewalk without really noticing what traffic on the road was doing. It turned out that the traffic on the road had come to stop as a small bus was letting passengers off. Traffic had started to back up quite a bit when a small truck at the back of the line decided to pass. He must have been in a big hurry and without checking his path thoroughly began to drive in the lane for the opposing traffic and speed by the other cars.

As we turned to watch this driver speed by the cars we noticed that there was an older person that had stepped off the bus and was now crossing the road into the direct path of the truck without noticing. We watched in horror as this truck was barreling down directly towards this lady. It was like witnessing a crash and wanting it to stop without having any way of doing so. Cars started honking as the truck nearly missed the woman as she arrived at the other side. I think my heart skipped a beat! The weird part is the look on the lady’s face looked as though she didn’t even realize she had almost been hit by a speeding truck.

We were all relieved that she made it across the street without incident and I remember the first words out of my mouth to my friends were, “The first thing they train you on is to never pass traffic on a roadway like that.” As my friends agreed with the statement I said there is a driver that needs training. I agree that the lady should have looked and checked her path before crossing the road, however the incident wouldn’t have happened at all if the driver had proper training on road driving techniques.

Certified training facilities start their training right from the beginning with the basics. This is done to make sure basic procedures are covered before going into more in-depth topics. Finding a certified school for your training should be the first priority of a solid career.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Could trucking use a Seasonal Workers Program?

It’s not until you get out of your own backyard that you see the talent and integrity of people from foreign countries. With so much bad issues going on in the World today people get lumped into the same group and causes us to overlook many of the good ones. As I sat in the Caribbean talking to locals the other day we got onto the subject of trucking. I am always fascinated by the trucking here in the Caribbean and am interested in finding out how it works. As our discussion grew on the topic I mentioned the driver shortage and the fact that over the years I have come across many hard working individuals that have the skills required by our industry. The person I was talking with said why don’t they use the Caribbean Exchange Program to get drivers? Over the years I have met and talked with people who have come to Canada, paid for their own training, and graduated top of their class but still can’t get work. One such individual ended up going to Ireland with the education he got from Canada. Many of these individuals have owned businesses, driven trucks, and worked construction.

Could we benefit from an exchange program?

The thought of the exchange program sat with me for a couple days after the conversation and I decided to look up the program to see how it works. Many times I have seen these workers on farms when I was trucking or even driving in rural areas in Ontario but never really thought about how those workers got there. The basis of the program is that there is an agreement with Mexico and the Caribbean to send workers to Canada when crop season is upon us and have workers pick the crops. A company can request certain workers year after year and everything is done through the Immigration Department. Workers can only come for a certain time and then have to return and much of the arrangement and investigation is done by the Country sending the worker. Here is a CBC report on the program: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-s-migrant-farm-worker-system-what-works-and-what-s-lacking-1.1142489

Are we missing a big opportunity?

Okay here is where the idea goes crazy. With a similar arrangement Schools could send people to train the people in those Countries and build a database of workers that are trained and knowledgeable on our systems. A system can be set up to bring in the drivers when freight demand is high and companies could choose from the database knowing that the workers have been trained by a Canadian Entity.

Hey I know this is a far fetched solution but if we have such a needCaribbean Truck Driver for workers in everything from driving to the trades I don’t understand why we aren’t looking at programs and seeing if they can’t be adopted to our industry. If I understand the Worker Program the sponsorship comes from the Caribbean Country and not the Canadian Entity and that is where we have some of the blockage in our system in Canada. So I will leave this idea with whomever would like to run with it. I don’t know the system as well as many of you may know it, but I do know the people of the Caribbean. It is my heritage and I have met many that have a work ethic and success philosophy far greater than many at home, they just need a chance to prove it.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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How will you improve as a truck driver this year?

As we move into another year with challenges and setbacks we have to ask ourselves how we can improve? What will you do differently in 2018 to improve your career as a driver? We all can improve in some way whether it be big or small. Does it mean more training to get better at your job? Does it mean being better at organizing your truck so that you are more efficient? Maybe it means getting more comfortable with technology so that you can improve communications with others? It will be different for everyone, but there is always a way to improve.

Here is why you may want to look at improving as a driver. We all know for the most part that drivers don’t make money unless they are rolling down the road and with the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) efficiency will be even more important. There are many things out of your control as a professional driver such as traffic, weather, and customer delays, which is why it is even more important to be as efficient and professional as you can.

Lets look at something like trip planning with ELDs. With technology speeding-truckeveryone can see when you reach your maximum hours of work and you will be forced to shut down at the end of that time wherever you are. You certainly want to maximize those hours and most new drivers will try to figure out how to keep driving right up until the last minute. Is that the most efficient way to operate though? If you plan to work the full 14 hours and something happens you may find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere with an unexpected delay.

A seasoned driver looks for those delays allowing buffer room should something happen. Efficiency may mean having daily goals of reaching certain destinations instead of just driving as long as you can. Much of this type of planning will be determined by the type of trip you are on and the areas you run. So efficiency this way means you run less but take into account all the delays that may hold you up.

Improvements as a driver doesn’t have to be just in trip planning or efficiency it can be in a variety of areas. Maybe you want to improve your education, try to get a better position in the company, learn about becoming an owner operator, or move to another division. Do you hope to get on a dedicated run or operate Long Conventional Vehicles? Having a goal for improvement has to come from within you. Even learning a new language while you drive down the road can improve your runs, expertise in the company, and even propel your career. So set a goal this year to improve in one area and decide how you will improve as a driver this year. I wish you much luck.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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PMTC’s YLG “Driven to Lead” Education Program

Milton, Ontario: The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) ‘Driven to Lead’ program is sponsored by KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca).

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The ‘Driven to Lead’ program is an experiential, practical leadership program that will take participants through hands-on and impactful exercises focusing on topics like culture, teamwork, accountability and strategy. It is intended for both up-and-coming and current leaders who are looking to advance and develop their personal and professional skills.

The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (www.eaglesflight.com) at their facility in Guelph, Ontario. Eagle’s Flight is known as a global leader in education for their approach to delivering training programs that are business-relevant and invoke lasting behavioral change.

The program consists of four separate full-day modules. Participants can elect to complete the entire ‘Driven to Lead’ program or select individual modules. Graduates of the entire program (all four modules) will receive free registration for the PMTC’s annual conference in June 2019 where they will be presented with their diploma. Graduates of individual modules will receive a certificate of completion for the module(s) they complete.

The ‘Driven to Lead’ program will commence in 2018. The full-day program modules have been scheduled for the following dates:
September 19, 2018 = Creating a Culture of Accountability
November 21, 2018 = Building and Leading Teams
February 20, 2019 = Communicating for Impact
May 15, 2019 = Coaching for Results

Both PMTC members and non-members are welcome. Registration costs for the program are as follows:

PMTC member
· Entire program (four modules) = $1,800*

· Per program module (one module) = $500*

Non-member
· Entire program (four modules) = $2,300*

· Per program module (one module) = $625*

* Registration costs are subject to HST

Not a member of the PMTC and the YLG? Take advantage of our trial membership offer. For $110, you can experience the benefits of YLG membership and member pricing for a 1-year trial period. For more information, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.

The YLG and PMTC want to recognize the ‘Driven to Lead’ program’s platinum sponsors, KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. and TransRep Inc. Your support of this program has made it possible and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

To register for the entire program or individual program modules, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587. More information about the training facility and program schedule will be provided upon registration.

This program is being offered as part of the YLG’s on-going mission to bring value to the next generation through education, discussions and networking. Get out! Get involved! Get inspired!

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