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How to be Healthy on the Road and Handle Stress

Written by Boel Haglund, September 25, 2017

Long haul truck drivers face many risks while working in today’s fast paced environment. While some might consider the chances of being in an accident the most pressing danger to a driver, there are several other risk factors to consider. Lifestyle-related illnesses due to poor diet and reduced exercise are a problem in the industry and it´s not hard to understand why. Living healthy on the road is challenging. Drivers travel long distances which may require time away from home for long periods and the work in itself doesn’t always provide an opportunity for physical activity. However, eating healthy and staying fit is as important for you as a driver as it is for the rest of us in society.

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How to Spec your Fire Apparatus to Serve your Community

Written by Maritza Hernandez, September 15, 2017

Everyone loves a parade! Especially, a Fire Truck Parade, Lights & Sirens!

However, when writing the specifications for fire apparatus there are some things more important than looks. Two important factors when preparing to purchase a new fire truck is the vehicles’ function and the terrain in its “operating environment.” Not taking into account function and terrain could lead to ownership of a great looking truck that falls short of the end users expectations.       Image: Firemen march on the Champs-Elysées, Paris © Maxppp -

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Keeping the wheels turning: Today’s Truck Technology

Written by Leonard D'Orlando, September 10, 2017

Through major advances in technology, the trucks of today have surpassed the trucks of yesterday in terms of efficiency and safety. Today, not only can fleet owners and mechanics track the location of their trucks, they are also able to get real time diagnostic data while the truck is on the road. The drivers of these trucks also benefit from new advances in technology accomplishing the majority of their work from the safety and security of the cab.

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One of the safest modes of transportation in the world

Written by Eric Jones, September 1, 2017

My daughter first rode the bus to school about half way through her first grade year. After several months of her begging to ride, we swallowed our first time parent fears and allowed her to joyfully experience her first trip on the big yellow bus. She was excited to test her new freedom and we found out how much easier our mornings would become without the hassle of the school drop off.

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It’s August. It’s time to prepare your Christmas travels!

Written by Thomas Kaiser, August 25, 2017

Christmas? In August? Well, not quite, but this time of year many people around the world actually start booking their bus tickets for Christmas travels. Either for spending the holidays in the winter resorts or just for go visiting friends and families. These people have one thing in common: they plan and make early reservations to be well prepared and avoid unpleasant surprises.

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The New Generation of Truckers - meet Lotta

Written by Boel Haglund, August 17, 2017

When you think of truck drivers, you automatically think of the stereotypical male, macho, reckless driver, in a male dominated industry. However, women make up a small, but growing percentage of truck drivers.
 
According to truckingtruth.com, women truck drivers make up around 5.8 % of the 3.5 million drivers in the U.S, which is up from 4.8 % in 2010. More and more women are entering the trucking industry due to the uncertain economic climate and aging workforce. The biggest challenge in the recruiting process is convincing women that they are welcome (CNCB Transportation) especially now, when according to the American Trucking Association, there is a shortage of drivers. 
 
Meet one woman who made it, twenty-seven-year-old Charlotta (Lotta) Kopsch from Sweden.
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Is automated driving technology reaching the school bus industry?

Written by Maritza Hernandez, August 12, 2017

As our colleague, Ulrik Andersson, wrote earlier this year, “there has been much attention paid to autonomous cars and trucks recently” but what about school buses?

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5 Most Scenic Routes in the World

Written by Ulrik Andersson, August 8, 2017

For most drivers, the road is rather a workplace than a source for relaxing experiences. Out of the world’s circa 18 million kilometres of paved roads, most are just transport roads offering nothing but insignificant surroundings. However, some drives offer such breath-taking sceneries, that many find a worthwhile trip for their own sake. What routes are the most scenic in the world is, of course, a matter of personal preferences, but here’s my pick of routes I’d like to drive for the scenery.

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How Onspot Can Improve Your Daily Life

Written by Lucas Gulino, July 20, 2017

Whether you are picking up household waste in isolated villages, driving children to school early in the morning, or delivering to customers awaiting their orders, drivers are almost always on the road. The open road can be great, but sometimes, the conditions can change to much less than favorable in a matter of minutes or even a couple miles.

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Can Automatic Snow Chains be installed on a Dodge Ram?

Written by Thomas Kaiser, July 6, 2017

Onspot automatic snow chains can be used on several different types of vehicles; trucks, busses, coaches, rescue vehicles like ambulances and fire trucks etc. Occationally, customers come to us for help finding a solution where Onspots can be mounted on a new type of vehicle. One such exampel is the Dodge Ram. 

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