It only takes a minute!

It only takes a minute for an incident to happen that stops your life or those of your loved ones in its tracks. It can take a lifetime of training to know what to do in that moment and depending on the situation that training may or may not help you. This winter alone I ttsao truck at sunset largehave had a couple of friends hurt in incidents and one in particular had an excellent career and lots of experience.

Where most people get mixed up is between training and judgement. Training is something that can be taught and over time can become like second nature so that during an incident a person knows exactly what to do during a situation. Judgement is more difficult in knowing whether an action is the right thing to do or not because often it is a personal decision based on the thought process of the person. Judgement usually plays a part before an incident and may even play a part in the incident all together.

So should you focus on judgment or training. The real key is to focus on both based on the information you have at the time. For instance you may have been trained to drive in the snow, so from a training standpoint you feel comfortable in winter conditions. That being said any experienced driver will tell you that knowing to drive in the snow is only part of the equation. The other factors such as vehicle dynamics, driver tolerance, road factors, and traffic conditions also play a part in whether you should be driving in the snow. As you can see the judgement encompasses all those other factors. With proper judgement you may decide not to drive in those conditions. Judgment is the key to successful training!

As I mentioned in the beginning I have some friends that have started the year off in a bad way. Both are laying in comas at this time and we pray for them. My hope in writing this article for you today is that you will learn good judgement while getting certified training through one of the TTSAO schools. The training may save your life and good judgement may prevent an incident all together, after all it only takes a minute for your life to change!
About the Author

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

Connecting the Dots!

Do you remember those games that used to come in the newspapers or sometimes in books by themselves? You circle a number on the page, then draw a line to the next number. You keep going until you have a picture completed through connecting the dots. When I was a kid and traveling with my parents they used to buy my brother and I one of those books before each trip. So why am I telling you about picture books in a transportation column?

What picture books did for us on an airplane the TTSAO is doing in real life. They are connecting the dots so to speak. By increasing the network of players interested in having safe, quality drivers on the road they are providing a whole picture for the industry. By having the carriers, the schools, and associates all having a voice as to what builds a professional driver, curriculums can be set in place to make sure the driver is well trained.

A few years ago the issues being discussed were mainly training issues because the only people in the room were training schools. Now that many other players are connected to TTSAO the issues and people attending the meetings have been more engaged than ever before. The TTSAO has now formed a Carrier’s Group to help carriers have a voice in the training of new drivers. An annual conference has been scheduled for February 2016 to discuss issues regarding retention for drivers. Last but not least TTSAO has connected with industry regulators to discuss changes in testing and other serious issues within the training circle. These are some serious dots that the Association has started connecting all over the last year. By doing that they are bringing the real picture of the training world to light.

So if you would like to help complete the picture then the best way is to get involved. Sign up for the annual conference on February 23-24th, 2016 and meet the other people in the network. If you are a carrier then you may want to get involved with the TTSAO Carrier Group with Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight Inc. If you are a certified school then join the group as a Member. If you work with schools but are not a training school then the Associate Membership is the one for you. No matter how you want to be involved there is a place for you. Just get your dot on the page and start connecting.

About the Author

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

CHALLENGER’S GEOFF TOPPING WILL LEAD TTSAO CARRIER GROUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jan 8, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors has
announced the official launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group.

The mandate of the TTSAO Carrier Group is to support the TTSAO in all efforts that will improve education and recruitment and retention for entry level and existing Professional Drivers. The TTSAO Carrier Group will work with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membered schools to increase awareness and education in reference to the educational needs of all carriers both for hire and private.

Geoff Topping, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Challenger Motor Freight is excited to be nominated and selected as the first Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Geoff commented, “I look forward to this opportunity to work with the TTSAO, the carriers and the partner organizations on this very important Industry Issue. The TTSAO schools and entry-level drivers are an important part of our recruiting plan at Challenger. Well-trained safe drivers are import to us as a company and critical to the success of the Industry. To have the Schools, Industry and Government all working in the same direction is critical. This is an exciting venture that we as a company are proud to be part of.”

Yvette Lagrois, President of the TTSAO says “This is the next step of many as our association continues to grow, expand, have purpose and meaning in the trucking industry. Mr. Topping is an excellent choice to lead and grow the TTSAO Carrier Group.”

The group will waste no time getting started immediately working with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membership. The first official meeting will be held in Cambridge in February and the agenda will include; carriers recruiting & retention issues, update on process of mandatory entry level training for commercial drivers, joint efforts moving forward with carriers and TTSAO schools.

The Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) sees great value and importance of the formation of the TTSAO Carrier Group. Mike Millian, President of the PMTC, also a TTSAO board member, ” The PMTC feels it is vital that the perspective of all carriers, both for hire and Private, are represented when it comes to the training standards that will be put in place. After all, the carriers are the end users. The New Carrier Group will ensure that carriers
have this opportunity to be fully represented with in the TTSAO. Geoff is a great choice to lead this new group, and we look forward to working with him to enlist representatives from all segments of carriers in the industry” Mike also added, “Private Fleets that have an interest in being represented at this first meeting, should register to be part of the initial kick off meeting and ensure your voice is heard.”

Additionally, Topping commented, “The TTSAO Carrier Group is open to all carriers regardless of size or what you may haul and are invited to the first meeting. All you need to do is register and let us know that you will be attending.”

The first meeting will be Wednesday February 3, 2016 at Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge from 9:30am to
11:00am. To register, call Sara Fitchett at 705-626-2529 or email your request to attend to ttsao@ttsao.com.

For more information about his Press Release:

Yvette Lagrois – President, TTSAO – TTSAO office – 1-866-475-9436 or OTTA office – 1-800-753-2284 or via email
at Yvette.lagrois@otta.ca

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – Northbridge Office – 1-800-265-7173 or cell (416)
473-3986 or by email at charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

Geoff Topping – Director of Recruiting & Retention, Challenger Motor Freight 519-653-9770 ext. 2624 Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada 905-827-0587

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You’re Invited to the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario Carrier Group

Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario Carrier Group Meeting and You’re invited!

Mark your Calendar, Wednesday, February 3rd, 9:30am – 11:00 am at Challenger Motor Freight, Cambridge Ontario.
Please invite your carrier friends to attend. Maximum 2 people  per company
Agenda
– Update on Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training
– Carrier Recruiting and Retention Issues
– Goals and Objectives of TTSAO Carrier Group Moving Forward
– Tour of Challenger Motor Freight “optional after meeting”
The mandate of the TTSAO Carrier Group is to support the TTSAO in all efforts that will improve education for entry level and existing professional drivers. The TTSAO Carrier Group will work with the TTSAO Board of Directors and its membered schools to increase awareness and education in reference to the educational needs of all carriers for hire and private.

To register please contact Sara Fitchett @ 705-626-2529 or email ttsao@ttsao.com

Trucking- A New Opportunity!

It has always been said that trucking is in your blood and it’s a very true statement. The problem is that it doesn’t always start there. When I started trucking it was just a job, but my passion for the industry grew and it became a career. There are many however that did not find that passion early in their career and have had bad trucking careers. That negative thinking about a trucking career has infiltrated our industry and caused good opportunities to be lost because of hearsay. What I have been noticing however is that those outside of North America are seeing the opposite, they see trucking as a viable and profitable business. Is this just a matter of looking at the industry in a different way? Much of it comes from the origins of the person and maybe there lies the secret into viewing new opportunities.

As I write this article I am vacationing on the beautiful island of Barbados. This is a weird place for a story about trucking in North America to begin but this story has a way of turning full circle and hopefully will illustrate my point about how others view the industry. I will call this person Tim to protect his identity. I met Tim originally in Canada through a TTSAO driving school. He had been to Canada in the past, had family in Canada and decided he wanted to become a truck driver here. He paid his own way, entered the course and got his licence. We met for a coffee to talk about the industry and we hit it off. He asked me to call him when I arrived in Barbados, so we met recently to talk about the process of moving to Canada. He was hired right out of school by a company and they are sponsoring him to Canada. Right now he is waiting on paperwork. As we talked I moved into some harder questions about his move.

He explained how the economy on this beautiful island is still in a recession and he doesn’t see it changing for a number of years. There are many issues from Government to income restrictions that are causing problems for the people of the island. As a business owner he is seeing changes in his lifestyle that is seriously affecting his family. He sees the trucking industry as an opportunity for success and change for his family. Making the wages that drivers do and the other benefits of living in Canada make for a very attractive lifestyle, something most of us take for granted. It is very ironic that I am on an island that I would love to stay for many months and those that live here are trying to get out of the economic downfall. Talking to someone like Tim can make us all feel a little prouder about living in Canada.

So as many in North America are putting down trucking maybe we need to look at it as the opportunity that it is. It’s not only a career, but for some the opportunity of a lifetime. Let’s stop focusing on just the dollars and address the industry on what it can offer as a whole. There is a world out there waiting for that opportunity.

About the Author

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

Have you started your educational plan for 2016?

Now that we have gone through the Christmas Season and are approaching the start of another year it is good time to build that educational plan for next year. What is an educational plan? There are many conferences and seminars throughout the year and all have good value and content for making us better. That being said it is very difficult and costly to attend every conference that comes along so having some sort of plan set up with what you would like to learn for the next twelve months is a smart way to go. So how do you set up this educational plan?

First decide on what information you feel you need help with to improve your career or life over the next twelve months. Maybe you want to learn how to manage your team better? Maybe you want to learn techniques to help you recruit new employees to your team? Maybe you are attending for the networking aspects of a conference? Whatever it is that you want to learn add that to your list.

The next item for developing your plan is to determine your budget for the year. How much money can you allocate to seminars and conferences for the year? Don’t forget to include any travel requirements such as hotel and air fare.

The last piece of the puzzle is the time commitment. How much time can you allocate to attending seminars and conferences? This time commitment may be dictated to you by your boss, clients, or workload. You can break the time piece in different ways. Do you want to attend a seminar or conference every month, every quarter, semi annually or annually? Don’t forget to include who should be attending with you if it is relevant to others employees on your team. Once you have all this information together you are ready to start choosing seminars and conferences that meet your educational plan.

Knowing why you are attending a conference will not only help you in retaining the information you are looking for, but will set you up for educational success and help you determine which events are right for you. Below is information that will be important to your educational plan.

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) is holding their first annual conference focusing on recruiting and retention. The conference will offer an interview session with Dan Einwetcher, Chairman and CEO of Challenger Motor Freight Inc. as he is interviewed by radio host Stan Campbell of Trucker Radio. Panel sessions include a recruiting discussion with members of the Private Motor Truck Council, recruiting strategies from trade publication experts, and retention strategies from panel members of top fleets in the country. Click here to check out the official line up on the TTSAO website. This conference will be important to those that have duties involved in recruiting and retention. John G. Smith, Publisher and Editor of Private Truck Council Magazine will be the Master of Ceremonies. You won’t want to miss this conference and it should be the first on the list of your educational plan. Seats are filling up fast so click here to register today!
About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry 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

Truck News comments on the TTSAO’s First Annual Conference.

Truck News Magazine recently did an article on our upcoming conference on February 23-24, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. Check out what had to say.  Click this link below to view the article from the publication.

The conference is filling up fast and if you would like to register then now is the time to do it. Just click here and it will take you to the registration page so you can book your seat.

Would you like to reach your target market? The TTSAO in partnership with PMTC has a special conference publication that will allow advertisers to reach new markets. If you would like to learn more about opportunities to advertise in this special conference edition then click here.

Reflection – Happy Holidays from the TTSAO

As we approach Christmas and the Holiday Season for another year it gives us time to spend with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and start the next year with a renewed energy. The Holidays have a way of making you look at the bigger picture surrounding your life and what you will want to change for next year. Before you can look to next year it is always best to reflect on how the current year went.

If you are new to the world of transportation what accomplishments have you made? If you were enrolled in a course did you complete it? Did you get the job with the carrier you were looking for? Is the industry what you thought it would be? These are all questions that a new person to the industry may have to reflect on?

As an association we too are reflecting on the past and where we are going. There have been great strides over the last year or so that have not only impacted our association but the industry in general. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has been on the forefront of many of these issues.

The largest gains have been bringing key people to the table on the subject of Mandatory Entry Level Training for new drivers. These key groups include politicians, transportation specialists, and career or college enforcement. TTSAO has been a leading force in this area and is instrumental in helping with changes for the future.

The association has also increased their presence on the internet through revised websites and social media platforms. This professional upgrade has allowed them to increase their exposure to the public helping them be noticed at the table for important topics. In addition to the web exposure the association has partnered with many industry associations to help build their brand and also create new areas of income such as the conference directory and advertising campaign.

The association has also begun to increase exposure on the forefront of education with their first annual conference to be held in February 2016. This conference will focus on recruiting and retention with some big names being part of the program.

So when most reflect on the TTSAO and where they were back then to where they are now we can see substantial growth in the association itself and also the value it brings to the industry. We can be proud of the strides we have made and the plans for the future. We have had a very successful 2015 and look forward to an even better 2016.

So while you reflect on your past year and the gains you have made be thankful for the accomplishments you have made. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and look forward to an exciting future. From our family of schools and associate members to you and your family may you have a wonderful Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at the TTSAO.

About the Author

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

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