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for pick­ing up the De­cem­ber 2016 edi­tion and your con­tin­ued in­ter­est in the award-win­ning mag­a­zine for Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural truck­ing in­dus­try. In­side you will find the lat­est up­dates re­lated to the truck­ing in­dus­try plus all reg­u­lar fea­tures like Truck­ing Quo­tient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, En­ter­tain­ment, Health Col­umn, Kids Cor­ner, and much more.

On­tario, Que­bec, New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia have har­mo­nized their re­quire­ments for long com­bi­na­tion ve­hi­cles (LCVS), al­low­ing car­ri­ers to trans­port goods more eas­ily and ef­fi­ciently across the four prov­inces while re­duc­ing emis­sions and low­er­ing ship­ping costs. We wel­come this an­nounce­ment, as har­mo­niz­ing the re­quire­ments al­lows for the free move­ment of LCVS across these prov­inces, pro­vid­ing both eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

With win­ter quickly ap­proach­ing, we would like to re­mind driv­ers to plan ahead and stay safe on the roads this sea­son. Get your ve­hi­cle win­ter-ready by get­ting a main­te­nance checkup and as­sem­bling your win­ter sur­vival kit. Please keep safe dis­tance, slow down and ad­just your driv­ing to suit the road and weather con­di­tions. Re­mem­ber that bridges, over­passes and shaded ar­eas freeze first, so watch for parts of the road that look black and shiny -- they may be icy. Driv­ers can ex­pect to see snow plows and other win­ter main­te­nance equip­ment be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter a snow­fall so be sure to stay well back and never pass a work­ing snow plow. The cur­rent edi­tion car­ries de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and ar­ti­cles to help you be safe dur­ing tough win­ter driv­ing con­di­tions.

The Hol­i­day R.I.D.E. (Re­duce Im­paired Driv­ing Ev­ery­where) pro­gram di­rected to­wards the de­tec­tion and elim­i­na­tion of im­paired driv­ers off the roads is un­der­way by the law en­force­ment agen­cies and will run through­out the hol­i­day sea­son. Im­paired driv­ing re­mains one of the lead­ing causes of crim­i­nal death in Canada. Please don’t drive while high on drugs or un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, it’s just not worth it. We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to have an al­ter­nate plan to get home be­fore they get be­hind the wheel this hol­i­day sea­son.

The sem­i­nar se­ries pre­sented by Road To­day Me­dia Group and Outridge En­ter­prises has com­pleted the 2016 sched­ule. We thank all in­dus­try spon­sors and par­tic­i­pants for mak­ing this ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tive ini­tia­tive a great success. The 2017 plan­ning is un­der­way and will be an­nounced in due course.

Thanks for watch­ing Road To­day 360 TV Show (avail­able on Bell, Rogers, On­line) and send­ing your valu­able feedback as well. We look for­ward to strength­en­ing the con­ver­sa­tion with all read­ers and stake­hold­ers through our so­cial me­dia plat­forms on Youtube, Twit­ter and Face­book. Team Road To­day ex­tends Hol­i­day Greet­ings to all read­ers, pa­trons and in­dus­try friends. Make these joy­ous mo­ments spe­cial by spend­ing qual­ity time with your loved ones. En­joy the fes­tive cheer and shall see you with many in­dus­try lead­ing an­nounce­ments in 2017.

Manan Gupta

It’s no sur­prise that Cana­dian win­ters can pro­vide driv­ers with many chal­lenges on the road. Whether it’s heavy snow or slip­pery ice, weather con­di­tions can change with­out warn­ing. Few mo­torists know how to stay safe on win­ter roads, so here are some help­ful tips from Do­minic Por­porino, vice-pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions at UPS Canada, where driv­ers are trained to deal with the worst win­ter storms.

“Our train­ing helps en­sure our driv­ers mas­ter safe driv­ing meth­ods, no mat­ter what road con­di­tions they’re faced with. Safety means ev­ery­thing to us,” ex­plains Por­porino. Here are his top tips: • Win­ter­ize your ve­hi­cle. Check your flu­ids and make sure your ve­hi­cle has win­ter tires. • Min­i­mize dis­trac­tions. Leave your phone out of reach and map your route in ad­vance. • Stay on main roads. Snow is of­ten cleared

off these roads first. • Leave plenty of space. It’s ideal to leave at least two car lengths be­tween you and the ve­hi­cle ahead. • Ad­just your speed for road con­di­tions.

Icy or snowy roads call for slower speeds. • Check the weather. Keep cool and plan your trip around chang­ing weather pat­terns and dif­fi­cult con­di­tions. • Stay alert. Pack wa­ter and snacks to keep you en­er­gized for your trip. If you’re feel­ing too tired, stay at home

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