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Improve Your Confidence During Road Check

Improve Your Confidence
During Road Check

If you’re new to the industry you may not understand what “Road Check” is for drivers. Road Check has been going on for many years and is an enforcement initiative across North America. Each year usually in the first week of June the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conduct a 72 hour blitz of inspections throughout the United States and Canada. This inspection blitz is to show the public that enforcement officials take safety seriously in the transportation industry. The CVSA is made up of Police agencies, Department of Transport inspectors, Ministry of Transportation inspectors, and other agencies aligned with safety and enforcement in North America.

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What does that mean for the new driver?

As a new driver you don’t necessarily have to do anything different but understand that more eyeballs will be watching you while on the roadways. If you are still in a training facility this is a good time to review your notes and focus on your inspection process to get it down to a fine system. If you don’t understand something go back and ask those questions to your trainer or mentor.

If you are working for a carrier already then doing proper inspections and if possible have a mechanic go over the truck with you if you are new to the equipment. Go over the vehicle twice to ensure you haven’t missed any important components. Having a proper system for inspections and using a checklist are paramount for inspection success.

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What does Road Check mean for the seasoned driver?

If you are an experienced driver then you may be more at risk with Road Check than someone in training. A person in training will most likely have a qualified instructor with them helping them should they miss an item during an inspection. An experienced driver won’t have that extra set of eyeballs to help ensure they don’t miss any components. If you think of it the inspectors are not looking for student run vehicles because they know that those should be in good condition to begin with. Inspectors are looking for drivers that have become complacent and have stopped inspecting their vehicles properly.

Try these tips for success during Road Check

There are many things you can do to get through Road Check without too much trouble. The first tip is to get organized. Have a system for everything you do which will help you not miss items. This year Road Check is focused on Hours of Service which means they will be paying extra attention to your log book or Electronic Logging Device. That doesn’t mean they won’t be checking brakes, lights and anything else attached to the truck.

The second tip is to take that extra time and do a proper inspection. Inspect every component of your truck and ensure it is in top shape. If possible have a second set of eyes such as a mechanic go over important items and create a solid system for inspections that offer you confidence while on the road. If you go into an inspection station with confidence it is a first step to being a professional driver.

Good luck with Road Check and if you work for a quality carrier that believes in safety then you shouldn’t have trouble during programs like Road Check. This program happens every year so it shouldn’t be a surprise.

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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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New Industry Partners Get Involved in Hiring Event-May 26th

Many new industry partners are getting involved in the TTSA Hiring Event on May 26th. There is still time to get involved, click here!

Logos not included but registered include Tallman Truck Centre Ltd., and Rona

Get involved: TTSAO Industry Hiring Event Registration Form (Rev.002)

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TTSAO’s Guy Broderick is interviewed on The Lead Pedal Podcast about Hiring Event

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) is holding their first hiring event and Carrier Group Leader Guy Broderick is the organizer for the event. Bruce chats with Guy about the event and how it will help those looking at the industry find employment and successful careers at the event. The two chat about careers available outside of driving and how to prepare yourself as a new driver to put forth a good first impression. . You can learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event at www.ttsao.com  . You can contact Guy Broderick directly about the event at 416-623-5461 or by emailing ttsao@ttsao.com

Click here to Listen to the Interview

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About the Show

The Lead Pedal Podcast aims to be a positive voice for truck drivers in the transportation industry. The Lead Pedal Podcast is a show for those in the trucking industry wanting to improve their trucking careers or businesses. What does The Lead Pedal Podcast mean? The Lead (pronounced “Led”) stands for acceleration or fast-track of your career. It is a play on words and we certainly are not here promoting speeding in the industry. We are hoping this information will help you become a professional driver faster than if you didn’t know about many of these topics. www.theleadpedalpodcast.com

 

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TTSAO Streamlines with Groups Within a Group

When you join an association you get a variety of people involved in all business types or sectors and companies. It can take a new member a long time to understand who else is involved with a group and sometimes that can hinder the growth of a group.

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I am part of many groups in the world of business and each time I join a group I find it takes a long time to finally realize who else is involved. This is because you meet people one by one, learn about their business, evaluate whether their the type of business for your network, and then follow up with them and that takes time. Almost every group I have joined takes about a year to really understand the dynamic of the group.

When a group decides to put on an event the decision is either made up from the group as a whole or a specific Board or team that make the decision for the rest of the group. In a group with different member types this can cause many to feel as though the decision does not meet their needs.

I have been working with the people at the Truck Training School TTSAO LogoAssociation of Ontario (TTSAO) for a number of years and have noticed that over time they have started segmenting their people within the organization. When I first started working with them they had certified schools and associate members, you were either a school or not. Since the transportation industry is such a large sector of the population with a variety of people involved it got to be very confusing as to whom was in the room and how they helped the industry. Like many other industry groups the associate membership often out numbers the actual members and this was the case with TTSAO. They have started segmenting the groups to give a better view of the membership to the industry and it is helping them in growing their membership.

Over the last couple of years they have formed four groups within the TTSAO Association. They have the main group of Certified Schools, the TTSAO Carrier Group made up of any carrier that joins the organization, the TTSAO Insurance Group with any insurance partners involved with the group, and the Associate Membership which makes up consultants and other professionals from the industry. It’s been helping grow their membership because other companies involved in the industry can now see where they fit in within the group and who the members are.

If you would like to learn more about joining the TTSAO click here for more information.

The TTSAO is taking things one step further which is making the group even more powerful. They are giving power to each group to get involved on a deeper level within the Association. At events such as the annual conference each group will hold their own meetings with an agenda talking about their goals for the year and what they hope to get accomplished as a group. Some are starting to put on their own events to promote their particular expertise to the public. This is what’s happening with the TTSAO Carrier Group who decided this year to put on a hiring event. The TTSAO Hiring Event is a job fair for the public under the TTSAO name allowing people to learn more about jobs in the industry. All groups are welcome to participate and show what they have to offer the public within the industry.

Join us for the TTSAO Hiring Event on May 26th, 2018 Carrier-Group-Hiring-Event-Banner

The TTSAO groups within a group program is working out very well from an outsiders standpoint looking in. The groups are aligning nicely and the streamlined look is helping other companies see how they can be a part of the TTSAO.

If you would like to learn more about membership with the TTSAO please visit our membership page.

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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Check out the great companies registered for the TTSAO Hiring Event-May 26th

The TTSAO Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 has many great companies already involved. If you are looking to find opportunities for a long time career in the transportation industry both in the drivers seat and outside of the driver’s seat then this will be the place to be. Free to attend.

Would you like to be involved in the event? Register below:

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Companies Already Registered

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Learn more about the event here

 

See you there!

 

 

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TTSAO Wraps Up 2018 Conference

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) just TTSAO Conference 2018wrapped up their 3rd annual conference on March 1st of 2018. With a full house present TTSAO kicked off the conference with a bang. Their was a real difference in output and planning with this years conference and it was highly noticed. I have been to many conferences and the conference this year started off to a great start.

Day one began with the TTSAO Carrier Group and newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group holding town hall styled meetings with information on how they are planning to create community within the memberships of the TTSAO. Both meetings were well attended and the information covered was well received.

The next event was the Annual General Meeting and I have to say that I have been to many AGMs and very few have attendance where it was standing room only. The TTSAO has a lot of things going on for the future and apparently many wanted to hear how things would be progressing.

Once the meeting wrapped up it was time for the Conference Cocktail Party sponsored by Revolution Staffing. Held in the area with the sponsors the cocktail party offered beverages and food and a presentation from Kelly Henderson of the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council on Millennials and how to attract them to the industry.

Day two of the conference started out with the MTO presentation on M.E.L.T (Mandatory Entry Level Training) and an insurance panel focused on the myth of young people being allowed to drive at an early age and how to make sure anyone is qualified to operate a commercial vehicle. Guy Broderick of the Carrier’s Group was the moderator and host for the conference this year and did a great job.

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Young people were front and centre at the conference as the next two presentations spoke to members of the PMTC Young Leaders Group and a student panel from drivers currently going through training programs. Both presentations offered a look at what young people are looking for in a career and how they are looking for those careers. These were very informative sessions that were of real interest to the audience.

After a great buffet lunch a few key people were recognized for their contribution to the industry and TTSAO membership. Claude Chaulk of Manitoulin Transport received the Industry Service Award for his years of dedication and service to the industry. Also receiving the Appreciation Award was Charlie Charalambous for his dedication and service to the TTSAO and their membership. Congratulations to both gentlemen.

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The afternoon sessions wrapped up with a presentation on diversity with Jane Jazwary of Carrier’s Edge talking about women and culture in the workplace and how to make the workplace more appealing for the future. The final presentation was the five year outlook with Lou Smyrlis and a panel of industry executives discussing the future of the industry and where technology and regulations will be taking us over the next five years.

So the TTSAO wraps up this conference with a strong focus to the future. Their next event is the Industry Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 in Mississauga and they have already set the date for their 4th Annual Conference happening on February 27-28th, 2019. Stay tuned to the TTSAO website for updates and information as they take truck training into the future.

To see more pictures form the 2018 conference click here!

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 Goes to the Students for Their Passion in Trucking

As the TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) gets set to launch their 3rd Annual Conference on February 28th they will be asking trucking students themselves what brought them into the industry. This conference is heavily focused on youth in the industry and the future of trucking so finding out the reason young people come into the industry in the first place is important.

Mario Da Silva will be moderating a panel of students enrolled in the TTSAO Conference 2017truck training schools to find out why they got involved in the industry and how they see their careers developing for the future. The ideas is to find out what brought them into the transportation industry so training schools know where to focus their efforts in marketing to young people.

The days of getting into the trucking industry because a family member was involved before you or growing up in a truck while your parents drove are gone. Many of the people coming into our industry are from outside of North America and are looking for viable career options. The truck training schools want to ensure that people know trucking can be that viable career.

The conference will also touch on other topics such as diversity in the industry with a presentation from Jane Jazrawy. Transportation is a mix of different cultures and people and Jane will talk about what she sees in the industry as she deals with different carriers.

The 3rd annual conference will also look to the future with a presentation from industry expert Lou Smyrlis as he offers a five year outlook into the future. What can we expect as an industry and who should we expect to see behind the wheel in the future?

With a conference focused on the youth of today, the diversity of the World, and the technology of tomorrow there will be good insight for the those looking to the future. Where will you focus your energy as a business and where should we focus our energy as an industry? My bet is you will find that out at the TTSAO conference starting on February 28th.

Although registrations are officially closed as of Monday February 26th you still may be able to get a seat. Contacting the conference organizers at ttsao@ttsao.com may be able to help you should you still want to attend. You can learn more about the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) and get information on upcoming events by visiting www.ttsao.com. We hope to see you there.

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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What will the transportation Industry look like in 5 years?

There’s a question for you, what will transportation industry look like 5 years down the road? The person that can answer that question will be the person of the decade. The TTSAO (Truck Training School Association of Ontario) is attempting to answer that very question at their 3rd Annual Conference happening next week on February 28th. You can register for the conference through the link below.

2018 Conference Registration Form (fillable)

If we had a crystal ball showing the changes that will happen in the trucking industry I think it would be very confusing. Would it show trucks driving down the road with no drivers behind the wheel? Would it show an industry with a whole new set of regulations to combat the growing number of incidents on our roadways? Maybe it will be like a science fiction movie and show a desolate landscape with no drivers at all? At this point it is anybody’s guess as to what will happen so trying to answer that question will be a steep climb for anyone.

One thing we can tell you for sure is that the transportation industry is in a state of drastic change. Drivers are getting harder to find, industry regulations are causing people to question the future of the industry, and technology is far ahead of infrastructure. We are seeing it all right now. We have tests being done on self driving trucks. We have manufacturers taking orders and building technology driven trucks in the very near future speeding up the change in the industry. Yet on the other hand we are still falling behind in many important areas. The changes in regulations and Electronic Logging Devices have caused havoc with parking issues on the roads for drivers. We are still extending regulations on things like Citizen Band Radios (C.B) because no one is able to come up with technology to replace them or justify if having a C.B is even required. We seem to be in this middle of muddy waters and trying to find out which direction we should go.

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So the TTSAO will try to answer some of these questions next week at the annual conference and has brought in a top industry expert to help give us direction. Lou Smyrlis who has been reporting in the industry for many years will offer his insights into what the industry may look like in the next five years and where members of the industry should work on for the future. Should you focus on technology upgrades, recruiting more personnel, or get a better handle on regulations?

This is important information for any company involved in the transportation industry. If you would like to be part of the TTSAO’s 3rd Annual Conference on February 28th-March 1st the best place to start is on the TTSAO website on their conference page. http://ttsao.com/ttsao-conference/ , there are still a few seats left for this conference in Mississauga Ontario. Other topics included in the conference agenda are presentations on diversity in the workplace, bringing young people into the industry, and how insurance will affect the industry in the future. You can learn more 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

Check out the agenda for the conference below:

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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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRFQ5Y3

This is a FREE townhall for those attending the conference!

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