Summer is here and with heat warnings in effect and humidex values reaching close to 40, the high temperatures could carry a real danger for drivers. Studies reveal that even mild dehydration can be the equivalent of being over the drunk-driving limit causing driver errors such as lane drifting, late braking, or crossing the rumble strip or lane line. Mild to moderate dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and lethargy while severe dehydration can cause irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat or even delirium or unconsciousness.

While it is extremely important to increase your fluid intake if you are working outdoors, especially when tarping and strapping, water loss from the skin and lungs can also occur during a long drive due to exposure to air conditioning.

Stay hydrated throughout the year, but especially during the warmer summer months.

Here are 4 tips for staying hydrated:

  1. Drink half your body weight in ounces every day (i.e. if you weigh 200 lbs., try to drink 100 ounces).
  2. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
  3. Eat foods high in water, such as fruits and vegetables.
  4. Don’t avoid drinking to minimize bathroom stops.

Staying hydrated will keep you healthy and give you more energy to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Remember, if you ever feel drowsy, dizzy, or confused, pull over, get hydrated and don’t drive until you can do so safely.

For more information, contact Canada Cartage.

This infographic has the information you need before you head out on the road – as well as some other interesting facts about Canada’s transportation industry.

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Published by Ontario Trucking Association, June 28, 2016 —

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TORONTO, ON — Trucking HR Canada has announced that Canada Cartage has been selected as one of the country’s Top Fleet Employers. The award honours the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry.

Fleets of every size were rated on topics including employee recognition, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement, wellness, professional development, recruitment and retention. The award was evaluated based on a comprehensive application process, driver and staff surveys, and follow-up interviews.

“These fleets demonstrate a commitment to effective human resources approaches, and all have best practices to share” says Angela Splinter, chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada. “They are leading by example, and we commend them for their leadership in demonstrating that the trucking industry offers great places to work”.

Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Canada Cartage, commented that “we are pleased and proud to receive the Top Fleet Employer award. This recognition supports our continued commitment to build and maintain the best work environment we possibly can.”

Brad Gehring, Vice President, Human Resources added that, “this accomplishment would not be possible without a strong HR and Operations team across the country, implementing industry best practices, and listening to our employees input and feedback. We want to continue to work towards being the best employer we can be, and ensure that we are a leader in the industry.”

The Top Fleet Employers’ selection criteria reflects Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments, and has been validated by a panel of trucking industry experts and a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL). It also echoes Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence and considers every position in a fleet.

Continue reading at truckinghr.com.

Published by Truck News, June 21, 2016 —

TORONTO, ON — Noting that more homeless people die from dehydration in the summer months than freeze to death in the winter, Canada Cartage is once again taking steps to deliver drinking water to those who need it.

Canada Cartage and its employees Paul Hanson, Adam Mathour, Parm Dandiwal, Armand Mazerolle, Parmjit Dhillon, and Maninder Singh are working together to deliver four trailers of water from Nestle in Guelph to the Bargains Group in Toronto in support of Project Water.

The bottled water will be delivered to Toronto-area homeless through more than 150 social service agencies and homeless shelters. A total of 300,000 water bottles and 3,000 summer survival kits will be delivered.

“Water is the essence of all life and is an invaluable resource to those most vulnerable all year round,” said Jody Steinhauer, founder of Project Water. “We are extremely grateful to Canada Cartage and all of our partners in leading the charge to help save the lives of those living on our streets and in shelters.”

Since its inception in 2000, Project Water has delivered more than two million bottles of water to those most in need.

Continue reading at trucknews.com.

After years of study, the Canadian and U.S. governments are ready to make Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandatory for truck and bus drivers. Drivers will be required to track their hours of driving on electronic devices, rather than the mandatory paper logs that have been in use since the 1930s. The regulations would cover cross-border and interprovincial travel and should be in place in Canada when similar rules in the U.S. come into force in late 2017, Transport Canada says.

The goal of the move to modern technology is to track drivers’ hours on the road and rest periods to better monitor compliance with hours-of-service regulations.   Truck drivers can be behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in a day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours, eight of which need to be consecutive. The devices, which cost an average of a couple of thousand dollars depending on type of unit, track hours on the road and rest periods. The electronic units will make it easier for trucking companies, police and transportation enforcement officials to check on adherence to the laws.

Most large- and medium-size companies already have plans in place to make the move to ELDs.

However, legal experts are alerting fleet operators that the ELDs may create a new challenge – data management and storage.  Speaking at the recent Private Motor Truck Council of Canada conference in Toronto, Heather Devine of law firm Isaacs & Co., explained that ELDs will make it easier for plaintiff attorneys to look for non-compliance by carriers when litigating lawsuits for accidents.

ELDs will be transmitting significant amounts of data.  This data will need to be recorded and archived in such a way that it can be retrieved by plaintiff attorneys, much the same way that emails and company documents are requested in lawsuits.  Having poor data archiving will make this task extremely onerous, and runs the risk of demonstrating non-compliance with regulations simply through poor record-keeping.  Lawyers may also check the ELD data against other truck data such as engine telematics readings to look for inconsistencies.

If you’re a private fleet operator and concerned about the implications of the coming ELD program, contact us at [email protected].

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place on June 7 – 9, 2016.

What is International Roadcheck?

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted commercial vehicle enforcement program in the world, with an average of 17 trucks inspected every minute in Canada, the United States, and Mexico over a 72-hour period. During the three-day event, CVSA inspectors will conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver, and cargo safety and security.

Emphasis for 2016: Tire Safety

The special focus for 2016 International Roadcheck is tire safety (i.e., measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, ensuring no items are lodged between dual tires, and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure there are no deep cuts or bulges in the tire sidewalls). While checking tires is always part of the annual roadside inspections, the CVSA is highlighting tire safety this year.

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection – a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be:

– Asked to provide license, endorsements, medical card, and hours-of-service documentation;

– Checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs; and

– Participating in vehicle inspections that include braking systems, securement of cargo, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, and windshield wipers.

Put these safe driving practices in place now to prepare for Roadcheck 2016! For more information, visit CVSA.org or contact Canada Cartage for more information.

Outsourcing your private fleet is a big decision, and not one that should be taken lightly. While there are a number of benefits to outsourcing your private fleet, partnering with a reputable company will help you maintain – and improve – customer service levels.

Once you’ve made the decision to outsource your fleet to a dedicated fleet provider, there are several questions you need to ask to ensure you are partnering with the right company. You are embarking on a long-term relationship so take your time, do your research, and ask your potential outsourcing partner these 15 questions:

1. Is your company financially stable? Obtain bank references and ensure the dedicated fleet provider you are considering has the resources needed to properly service your company. Working with a financially stable company will give you peace of mind knowing they will be around for years to come.

2. Are you an established company? Find out how long the company has been around. Generally speaking, companies with long histories and several years of experience will better understand your outsourcing requirements.

3.  Do you have national coverage? Working with a supplier that offers national coverage will improve your customer service levels and allow you to grow your business down the road.

4.  Do you have the equipment and capacity to handle our regular routes and surge volumes, when necessary? A big benefit of working with an outsourced provider is the ability to increase deliveries during peak periods. Outsourced providers should be able to deploy additional equipment and drivers on a short-term basis, when needed.

5.  Do you have experience in my vertical market? Work with a company that has experience in your vertical market. Whether its specialty equipment for the gas & chemical industry, reefer trucks for the food & beverage industry, or specialized training for the healthcare industry, you will want drivers and equipment that are right for your business.  Ask for a list of the companies in your industry that they work with.

6.  What technology do you have in place to deliver detailed Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) reports? Understanding what technology is available, and putting the right KPIs in place will help you assess your outsourced fleet provider long after the project begins.  Ask for a copy of a typical customer KPI report.

7.  Have you been recognized in your industry? Find out if the outsourced partner you are considering has received any awards or industry recognitions. You will want to work with a company that has proven success in the industry.

8.  Do you have a thorough driver training program in place?A reputable outsourced partner will have a comprehensive approach to training to ensure that all drivers are certified professionals who are experienced and prepared for any road challenge.

9.  Are you a leader in safety and compliance and what programs do you have in place?You will want to work with a company that has safety standards that are ranked among the highest in the industry. Ask your outsourced partner about their CVOR rating in Ontario, PEVL in Quebec, and their National Safety Code in Western Canada.

10.  Will I have dedicated drivers on my account? In order to maintain and improve service levels, dedicated drivers who get to know the account, your procedures, and your customers will go a long way in ensuring complete customer satisfaction.

11.  What is your approach to risk management? Companies should have a thorough risk management and escalation process to ensure that claims and accidents are handled properly. Your outsourced provider needs to be accountable and responsible in the event of an accident investigation, hazardous spill, cargo claim, or insurance claim. Ask for copies of their processes and procedures to deal with an emergency situation when it arises.

12.  Are your customers happy? Ask for customer references and follow up with them to determine your outsourced provider’s strengths and weaknesses. This will help you align your company objectives with the right partner and identify any gaps.

13.  Who will manage our relationship? Talk to your potential partner about relationship management and who will be your point of contact for ongoing day-to-day management. Also, inquire about the escalation process and what that might look like to ensure any issues that come up are handled promptly and efficiently.

14.  What is your price point?Price is important and you should stay within your budget but you will want to be wary of suppliers who come in too low. Remember the old adage, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” You will want to focus on quality and efficiencies over the lowest price.

15.  What processes do you have in place if/when I decide to transition to an outsourced fleet provider?A reputable company will have processes in place to handle the transition from a private fleet ownership to an outsourced fleet provider. This can be a complex process but a reputable company will have the necessary processes and service level agreements in place to ensure a seamless transition.  Ask for a copy of their fleet transition project management plan.

Once you’ve determined which dedicated fleet provider meets the above listed requirements, you will have peace of mind knowing you are working with a top carrier.

Contact us at [email protected], or visit www.canadacartage.com to find out more about our dedicated fleet outsourcing services.

MUNDARE, Alta. – Kelly and Laurie Gordon did it 16 years ago, and they say you can do it too.

The couple, who live on an acreage east of Edmonton, made the decision to become full-time truck drivers when they were unhappy with the direction their careers were taking them and decided to steer a different way.

And since that day in 1999, neither has looked back. 

Despite his love of driving and the trucking community, Kelly said he is concerned with how the industry attracts new drivers, and believes that for the right type of person, trucking could be the perfect fit.

“Because of what’s going on in the economy, in Alberta in particular with a lot of people out of work,” he said, “I thought it was important to give insight into the fact that this can be done.”

Kelly studied journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and worked in media relations for Edmonton Police Services and Edmonton airports. Like most parents, Kelly’s wanted him to go to post-secondary school and as he put it, ‘be somebody.’ 

Kelly grew up in Kitimat, B.C., where he drove in a logging truck for the first time and fell in love.

“I’d drive by trucks and look at them and wonder what it’s like to be in there,” he said.

When Kelly met Laurie, the couple had a tradition where every now and then each took a turn purchasing something ‘extravagant’ for themselves, and being his turn, Kelly made the choice in 1999 that they get their Class 1 licences.

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