Get the Full Facts on a Career in Trucking

Have you got the proper information for a career in trucking? The trucking industry has more variables than almost any other industry due to the immense size of the industry, the different levels of opportunities available, and the people involved allow for a variety of opinions and experiences. If that’s the case who do you listen to?

It has always been said that you have to be careful who you listen to in this industry as there are many people with opinions but not the correct information. Visit any truck stop and sit at the counter and you will hear opinion after opinion on any topic. But how much of that is the truth? How much of what you hear in the news about the industry is the truth? Much of it is opinion. Let me show you how this can cloud your judgement on the industry.

Recently I was at an event for the trucking industry on becoming an Newspaper-clipping-w-Calculator-paper-owner operator and if you ask many people in the industry they will tell you not to become an owner operator, yet we have many successful owner operators. At the event there was a driver who owned a truck and was looking become an independent operator. They had been talking with people about how to move forward in creating the company and was told they were not going to be able to form the company the way they had wanted to. When the issue was brought up in the room of the event it was revealed that the information they had been given prior was incorrect. They had taken information given to them from sources in the United States that is counter to Canadian information. The opinions for the business were also from an employee standpoint instead of from a business to business standpoint. This information was causing headaches where there shouldn’t be any problems and an incorrect focus on the operation startup.

Another situation is the recent incidents and fatalities in the trucking industry. We have all heard about the fiery crash that happened on the 400 highway that killed a number of people as a tanker truck exploded. The news reports have been reporting that the truck driver was distracted and caused the crash. This has caused further discussion in regards to the safety of the industry as a whole and the people behind the wheel. On social media the reports of the same incident are quite different. Reports from people on the scene have written that the reports for the media have it wrong. According to social media reports the driver was cut-off by motorists swerving due to the stopped traffic and didn’t leave the driver enough time to stop properly with a fully loaded tanker truck. The investigation is still going on so we will see if the truth comes out in the future.

I am not offering opinion on any of these situations. I am just mentioning these to show you that you should be careful who you listen to about the industry. There are many industry colleagues and friends that have had long successful careers and are very professional at what they do. If you are embarking on a new business or looking into a new career make sure you get the proper information from trusted sources. It may determine the success of your 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

Good Truck Training Promotes Safe Driving

There has been some very unfortunate news out lately relating to the trucking industry especially in Ontario. There have been a number of fatal crashes in the area involving truck drivers crashing and killing people in the cars involved. Three drivers were charged in the crashes and it caught the attention of the public news outlets on popular networks. A few factors made these events newsworthy. First the crashes involved fatalities, second the crashes happened in a very short period of time, just a matter of weeks. Third the accidents involved trucks and distracted driving. Now I am not defending the actions of these drivers as I don’t know all the details of the incidents, but I am defending the industry. If you would like to read about the crashes here is a link to an article in the London Free Press http://www.lfpress.com/2017/10/27/fatality-comes-one-day-after-opp-put-truckers-on-notice-for-rash-of-deadly-collisions . Even as I am writing this article on the news is a report of another deadly crash.

Of course our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that lost loved ones in these deadly crashes. No matter how we change it will not bring those people back. The reports show that many of these incidents involved distracted driving and that is something that people have to regulate on their own. Truck crashes usually cause so much devastation due to the size of the vehicles that any crash involving a truck is big news for reporters. There will be great damage and possible injuries making for a great story. When things happen in a short period of time it creates an image of carelessness on the roads by truck drivers. If you just focus on those incidents you can certainly see that trucks are killing machines. To put things in perspective however you need to look at the bigger picture.

I am not making light of the situation, but there thousands of drivers ttsao truck at sunset large who are operating safely everyday. The average truck driver puts on 100,000 miles or 160,000 kilometers per year safely. Add to that the many Million Milers on large fleets with impressive safety records. When you look at the size of the industry in Canada alone with around 400,000 truck drivers it gives a better sense of industry safety. What you also have to remember is that trucks may cause the most damage, but are not necessarily the cause of the crash itself.

In July the Ministry of Transportation brought in new regulations with Mandatory Entry Level Training to ensure proper training standards are being met when training new drivers. As someone who trains with many of the certified schools I can tell you that proper training is being done in the schools and distracted driving is a topic that is front and centre in all the training programs. Certified schools train at a rate of almost double the required regulations with courses over 200 hours in length.

So as much as the news is troubling to all of us it needs to be taken in perspective. We all need to do our part to pay attention on our roadways. Carriers need to reinforce the message of turning off devices while driving and we all need to slow down and be courteous to others. Remember the size of the industry before judging us all as a whole.

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

PMTC Announces New Chairman of YLG

For Immediate Release

Matt Richardson becomes YLG Chairman

Milton, ON: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is pleased to introduce Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Manager of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. as the new Chairman of the PMTC Young Leaders Group (YLG). Richardson, who has been a director with the YLG since the re-launch in 2015, will take over the Chairman position from Michael Colwell, Transportation Superintendent at Praxair. Colwell has been the chairman of the YLG for the past 2 years, and will move into the Past Chairman’s position on the YLG executive.

Colwell commented “I would first like to congratulate Matt on his pmtc-young-leaders-logoappointment. Matt has been an integral part of our team since Day 1. Showing leadership, enthusiasm and innovative ideas throughout the re-launch of the YLG and all our initiatives since. I am very excited about the future of the YLG and what Matt can bring as its leader. I would also like to thank Mike Millian and the board of the PMTC for the exceptional opportunity to serve as leader of the YLG for the last 2 plus years. It has been a tremendous honor and I can’t thank everyone enough.

Thank you and please join me in congratulating Matt in his new role”
“I am very excited at the opportunity to help continue the growth that the PMTC YLG experienced over the past couple of years with Mike Colwell in the chairman’s position,” Richardson stated. “Along with Mike and myself, we have Marcus Mares of PeopleNet and Joanna Mendonca of Staebler on our executive who have been heavily involved with the success of the group since the re-launch in 2015. In addition to our current executive team, we look forward to adding 1 or 2 individuals from the general YLG membership as directors in the near future to help with the continued growth and success of the organization.”

PMTC President Mike Millian added, “on behalf of the PMTC Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Matt on his new role. I am very confident in the leadership team the YLG has put in place and in Matt’s ability to collaborate with his team and continue to build on the momentum of the PMTC Young Leaders Group. I look forward to working with Matt and his team to ensure the goals and needs of the YLG are met. I would also like to thank Mike Colwell for his effort since our relaunch in 2015. Mike was instrumental in getting us to this point. Mike will move to the Past Chairman’s role, so his advice and insight will not be lost. “

If you are interested in learning more about the PMTC YLG, or would like membership information contact Vanessa Cox info@pmtc.ca or 905-827-8212

Show Career Advancement to Attract Millennials in Trucking

In a recent safety conference the presentation on Millennials brought up a heated debate between different groups in the room. The presenter had gone through her presentation and was outlining what young people are looking for these days in a career. That information didn’t align with the Baby Boomers who made up much of the audience.

As we all know it can be hard to attract the younger generation to careers that are physically demanding and doesn’t provide lifestyle balance. Transportation has been especially hard hit by the lack of people coming into the industry with much of it due to the lifestyle and amount of time away from home, at least that is what we Baby Boomers believe.

We have been assuming that young people are not attracted to jobs that take them away from home for long periods of time which with trucking is a major part of the job as drivers. While many of us that have been in the industry know the benefits of being in transportation you often have to be part of the industry to really appreciate the people and benefits of being involved. Often we promote the benefits of the driving job such as independence, see the world, drive the open road and so on. That was what was important to the older generation at a time and what we felt was the attraction to a driving position in the industry.

What we found at a recent conference was quite different and cause Man-with-blue-truckfor challenge. The highlights of the presentation according to my notes were nothing to do about the job necessarily but what young people want for their careers. The presenter didn’t talk about how tough the job was or how long someone would be gone from home, but the higher benefits of lifestyle and advancement. It was highlighted that work/life balance is very important to young people when looking for a career.

While truck driving can be considered an isolated lifestyle and something that many of us cherish, it may be opposite of what many young people want. Millennials want to be connected and that can be hard to achieve with a life on the road. We see this in new office layouts in industries like technology and marketing where people are all working in an open concept space.

Career advancement is also very important to the younger generation and advancement of their career is extremely important and desired. This is where the point of contention came in as it was pointed out that Millennials expect to see advancement within two years of starting a position. This advancement can be a mix of promotion, bonuses, or other programs to help them recognize that they are doing a good job.

When the issue of career advancement arose during the presentation you could see many roll their eyes. In trucking it takes two years just to learn the ins and outs of being a professional driver. Many drivers stay in a driving career their whole lives and are very happy making good money and having great success. Promotions and advancements in the trucking industry can be few and far between depending on the company and this may be why we aren’t attracting people to the industry. Our industry requires you to put in your time and show your worth before advancement comes knocking at your door. In some small carriers there may not be enough areas for advancement at all.

What I took from the presentation is that young people need to see the career path of the industry and income stream before committing to the career. A good place to start is to start incorporating some of those career options in the training and recruiting programs. Our industry has not been set up that way over the years so all I can say is we have a lot of work to do!

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

TTSAO shows major presence at safety conference!

The Fleet Safety Council had their 26th annual conference last week and members of the Truck Training School Association were present to take advantage of the content and information coming in the industry. TTSAO was a proud sponsor of the conference. Below are some pictures of the day.

About the TTSAO

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is committed to providing the trucking industry with the highest quality driver training programs for entry-level individuals that earn and maintain public confidence, adhering to sound and ethical business practices. www.ttsao.com

Are you training for the future or the past?

I don’t think anyone would disagree that the world is changing at a fast pace. Technology is driving industries to drastic change, weather situations seem to cause more devastation, and people are constantly on the lookout for surprises outside of their control. While all these things are happening how are we keeping up with training to those coming into the industry in the wake of so many changes?

It is very hard to keep up with the changes happening in the world as they are happening so fast yet the technology may not be there to use yet. After all you can’t start training people to drive space ships if space ships aren’t available to the general public, where would you train them? We are not talking about training for things that you don’t have access to, but if you were to take a look at your training programs are they focused on the future or the past? What type of forward training am I talking about?

The training I am talking about is the near future. For instance in July of 2017 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) introduced a new electronic inspection which will now be known as a Level VIII Electronic Inspection. This inspection will be conducted by enforcement officers while the truck is rolling and allow CVSA officers to check vehicle registrations, safety status, driver qualifications and more. You can view more about the inspection here. http://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/all-inspection-levels/. Have you included this type of new inspection information in your current training programs?

Now there may not be anything specific that you can train on for person-on-technologythat type of inspection, but making students aware of this type of inspection method, introducing technology into the classroom as much as possible to get students thinking and aware of new technology are where you should begin. Are you introducing information in many formats including electronic means? Have you polled your students to see how they like to receive information as we move into a new era? A great way to do this is to have a module on the future of trucking where you talk about the new changes coming into the industry and how drivers will handle those changes.

Change is not over and technology will continue to change the way our work is done on the side of enforcement, training, and job processes. The trucking industry in the past has been very reactionary to changes and much of the push back to changes like Electronic Onboard Recorders are because we will lose how we perform our duties now. The truth is that it doesn’t change how we perform the tasks in many cases, but how we track compliance of those tasks. If we introduce these changes early on in training and understand how to perform tasks using technology it will take a lot of backlash away. Much of the problem is perception to the end user. is this being forced onto me and will it affect how I do my job? Take those issues out of the equation and it will help to change the thinking of the end user. Look at your processes and find ways to introduce the future into your programs. It will help everyone be forward thinking about change.

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

Coincidence or Fact-Is today the most dangerous day of the year for truck drivers?

I was reading a recent article in a trucking magazine that stated October 11th is known as the most dangerous day of the year for truck drivers with an increase of accidents between the hours of 7:00pm – 10:00pm. The same statistic is true for June 7th each year. Tires, brakes, and vehicle issues are mentioned as the main problems. You can read the article by clicking the link https://www.trucknews.com/health-safety/oct-11-historically-dangerous-day-truck-drivers/1003081296/.

Is it coincidence or fact? I am not very superstitious unless of course you count a black cat crossing my path, or I break a mirror for seven years of bad luck, or I don’t wash my hockey jersey while my team is in the playoffs? Then you may say I’m superstitious! My take on the issue is that it is more coincidence than anything else. Two things have me thinking that way. One the statistics are over the last three years which may or may not be long enough for proper assessment. Two of the areas that are mentioned are areas where conditions change very quickly due to the mountains in Nebraska and Colorado.

When you look at the mechanical issues brakes and tires are the main issues and both of those would be problematic in mountainous terrain. Now I am not disputing that these things happened or that they are even true. I just don’t believe that October 11th has anything to do with it.

How can you battle the superstition of October 11? The best way to battle statistics is to be prepared before you start on your trip. When you look at the issues of tires, brakes, and other mechanical Trucks in mountainsissues are the problem at any time of year. Of course doing proper pre-trip inspections is the first place to start. Making sure your vehicle is in good working condition is the best way to ensure minimal problems on the road. The second part of battling these problems is proper training on driving techniques. When you travel to areas like Colorado and start driving through mountainous regions proper driving techniques are key to remaining safe. Improper driving techniques can result in tire blowouts, lack of braking capabilities, and even fatalities. You certainly don’t want to have any of those issues while descending down a mountain.

It statistics like these that are part of the reason for the change in training regulations which happened earlier this year. It now requires that new drivers have Mandatory Entry Level Training to ensure they are properly trained to be on the road handling large trucks. That may or may not include mountain driving depending on the area of the training facility. If you are driving to mountainous areas ensure you have the proper training to do so.

On the other hand if you are superstitious, or are planning on driving through Nebraska or Colorado and will be driving between the hours of 7:00pm and 10:00pm then please take extra care today as it is October 11th at the time this article was posted. If that’s the case today is a good day to take extra time in inspecting your vehicle and revising your driving technique. If you are interested in becoming a truck driver then looking into certified training is the best way to ensure you are safe behind the wheel. A TTSAO certified school is a great way to start, visit 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

Do you understand the importance of the C.V.O.R.?

It was a beautiful sunny day as I drove down our city streets towards the local Canadian Tire. Oh I didn’t need anything for the house, I consider this famous Canadian store to be a great lunch spot as each one has a permanent hotdog stand outside the front door. Don’t worry the point of this article is not about my lunch. On this particular day my favourite lunch location was different.

As I drove up to the parking lot the first thing I noticed was the activity around the parking lot. The huge parking lot was sectioned off with tents and a flurry of police activity. The roped off area included police vehicles, truck enforcement vehicles, maintenance vehicles, and of course all the vehicles that were pulled over for inspection. That’s right this was a full blown inspection blitz that lasted a whole week.

City Inspection

Once I understood what was going on I could see the hidden particulars. Officers were hiding behind light poles, cruising the area in unmarked patrol cars, and targeting trucks that looked like they had deficiencies. It was publicized to the public each morning by the Police but that didn’t seem to slow down the string of people caught in the check.

As I watched the proceedings while purchasing my lunch I happen to mention to the server that there was lots of attention here today. His reply was, “ The guys here are loving it. They are getting paid for two or three hours while waiting for a repair truck. To them it’s free money!” I wasn’t about to begin educating the hotdog guy about a C.V.O.R. but it certainly wasn’t free money. All I said was, “They don’t understand how this is affecting their licence.”

Many of those trucks pulled into the inspection were smaller companies such as landscape companies, paving companies, and the like. These are the type of companies that have drivers that don’t understand the importance of the C.V.O.R. They are not working in transportation industry the way a normal truck driver is where they are trained on inspections and understand that every violation during an inspection can affect their own C.V.O.R. abstract.

However many drivers that do understand the C.V.O.R. were also included in this inspection blitz. I saw many drivers of dump trucks, cement trucks, and other city operations included in the blitz inspections. This is why it is important for all drivers to do proper inspections of their vehicles each day. Drivers that predominantly do city deliveries often think they are out of sight for inspection facilities because they travel off the highways.

Enforcement units are expanding to local agencies and are more targeted in an effort to minimize incidents on the roads. This is the reason that the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario now require a test be done so that new C.V.O.R. owners understand the inspection process since many of the drivers of these vehicles may not understand how an inspection process like this affects their licence. The best way to truly get your drivers trained properly is through a certified training program. The best place to start is 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

PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

For Immediate Release

PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

Milton, On: Today the PMTC is announcing a special offer to the young leaders, or future young leaders of the Transportation Industry. “The PMTC believes the Youth are the Future of our Industry, and an age group that we as an industry must do a better job of engaging.” Stated PMTC President Mike Millian.

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“At the conclusion of our Annual Conference in June, the interest from young people outside of our current membership to get involved was very strong. The YLG Leadership group came to our Board and asked for this special trial membership to reduce the barrier to an introduction to the YLG. Our Board fully supported this at a recent Board meeting, and as such we are now announcing this special offer to the public.”

Membership in the PMTC Young Leaders Group is a bargain at only $110.00 per year. For this fee you will receive many benefits, including an invitation to PMTC Board Meeting and YLG Board Meetings. You will receive member only pricing for Educational Seminars, Networking events, YLG Events, and the soon to be announced YLG “Driven to Lead” Educational Program. You will be on our email distribution list to be notified of any and all upcoming educational and networking events.

Normally to be eligible to become a PMTC YLG Member, your parent company would be required to be a PMTC Principle or Associate Member. To encourage more Youth to become active in our Industry and our Association, we are waiving this requirement for a 1-year term. If you are 40 or under, and involved in the transportation Industry, you are eligible for a 1-year YLG Trial Membership, with out the requirement of your parent company being a member. Once the one-year term is up, your company would then be required to become a PMTC member for you to remain a YLG Member. This gives you one year to become involved, see the value of the PMTC YLG, and the PMTC, before your company having to commit to becoming a full PMTC member.

Contact Vanessa at the PMTC office for more details at info@pmtc.ca., or by calling 905-827-0587. We believe you will see the value in joining our Young Leaders Group and taking advantage of this offer.

 

 

Women show their strength in trucking

If you believe that women don’t have what it takes to be a force in the trucking industry then you haven’t been to a trucking event lately. There have been a number of events this month showing the force of women in the industry and celebrating that fact. We are seeing more women getting involved in the industry and events that attract families are a great way to show off their strength.

Why now?

Women have always been working in the industry that’s nothing new, but there is now more opportunities, openness, and promotion for women to become part of the industry. Women like to follow women that have gone before them.

When I look at many of the other business groups that I belong to the trend is the same. Women tend to follow women, in fact many of them have set up women only groups that are very successful. I mention this so that you can see the importance of women being role models in an organization and in the field.

At a recent event bringing awareness to breast cancer women were Trucking for a Cure 2017front and centre at the event and it was good for promoting women in the industry. The cause alone is important to all women but they were instrumental in all areas of the event. The event was organized by women, primarily operated by women, and women were the contest leaders in many areas of the event. Possibly the most impressive part of the event was the group photo for women drivers only where they were all decked out in pink safety vests showing their strength to the world and the amount of women involved in trucking.

How does this affect the industry?

We have a huge employment problem in the industry and I think if we can get a number of issues changed in the industry it will be an attractive place for people to work. Right now what we find attractive in the industry are hidden items. Talk to anyone in the industry and many will tell you that they stay in the industry because of the people, the steady work, and the opportunities. Those items aren’t noticeable until you get into the industry and begin to work alongside others already involved. Where the changes have to come are in the attraction for people to the industry. We need to show newcomers what many of us see already so that they can come into the industry and experience those same benefits. Attracting people to the industry means making sure wages are at a respectable place, career opportunities are available for the future, and all genders are treated fairly in the industry. Thank you to women in the industry for stepping up and showing us that the trucking industry has opportunity for everyone.

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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