One of my favourite Johnny Cash Songs is One Piece at a Time. If you know the song you know that the character in the song steals parts from his employer to build a custom Cadillac. Now I am not suggesting you steal anything but this could be a great way learning how to do a proper pre-trip inspection. By the way you won’t be doing it under the truck, but at the show.
Depending on when your reading this you have an amazing opportunity especially if you are a student in a training facility. Truck World one of the largest truck shows in Ontario Canada is being held on April 21st-23rd 2022. The show comes to town every second year and switches places with their sister show Expocam held in Quebec every second year. If you want free tickets to attend you can use my promo code LEAD PEDAL below.
I would highly recommend you attend the show just to learn more about the industry and get an idea of the associations and organizations that can help you have a successful career in this industry. If you are in a training facility now and are learning things like pre-trip inspections, air brakes, and more then this is a great way to see the parts, talk to industry experts, and find out what knew technology is coming down the pipe. Hopefully this will really help you understand the parts.
If you are struggling with the parts of the air brake system there is no better place than talking to the team at Bendix about brake chambers and getting a hands on view of what’s happening in the air brake system. The parts will be clean, you can ask questions, and find answers to the areas you struggle with.
One of the benefits of attending the show is not only the networking with vendors but attending some of the seminars from the Ministry of Transportation or Police organizations on various subjects to do with safety and compliance in the industry.
Why not learn by attending as a class? If possible go as a group and take in the show. This way you will find different issues to address and you can test each other as you see items on display. If you get an answer wrong you can set the record straight by asking the expert on site. Make a day of it and you will become stronger as a class as well.
If you decide not to attend then you are missing an opportunity. Think about it, if you are in a training school the next time the show comes around you will be two years down the road in your career. You will have lost a chance to ask or clarify things in your mind and possibly missed some great networking opportunities.
Did I mention the Recruiting Pavilion? That’s right if you are in the position of looking for a job in trucking then this is the place to be. Carriers will be in one main hall so that you can talk to them all at once. Get your resumes ready and get a job at the same time. There are many benefits for new students to attend a show like Truck World, but you have to make the effort to get the most out of it. The more you get involved in the industry the more you will understand and benefit from what the industry has to offer. See you at the show.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a veteran in the transportation industry with over 40 years in the industry in a variety of roles from driver to fleet supervisor and more. Today he is a media specialist in the industry producing a number of programs for the trucking industry such as his trucking podcast The Lead Pedal Podcast for Truck Drivers at www.theleadpedalpodcast.com or his radio station Lead Pedal Radio at www.leadpedalradio.com
Disclaimer: This article is written and based on the opinion of the author and is for general information only