FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Tthanks
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.
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