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Industry events showcase safety products

Written by Maritza Hernandez, November 16, 2017

Canada’s Waste & Recycling/Municipal Equipment Expo (CWRE) - 2017

Most of us attend trade shows and expect the same old exhibits but then you stumble on a product and wonder to yourself – why didn’t anyone think of this before?

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Tips & Tricks for Mounting Onspot

Written by Lucas Gulino, November 6, 2017

As a mechanic, every day, you have to find new solutions to the problems you encounter. You are reflective, rigorous, and logical, and we know that it is not always that simple...

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Automatic Snow Chains – how it really works

Written by Lars Holmgren, October 10, 2017

A press of a button and the chain wheel swings out. Then, strands of chain are slung under the tyre, increasing traction. It’s as simple as that – for the driver. But, if we take a closer look at the ingeniously simple principle behind, we realise that Onspot Automatic Snow Chains requires a good dose of engineering to become such a reliable tool for safety and convenience. Here is why!

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How to Improve the Environment for Refuse Trucks?

Written by Lucas Gulino, September 28, 2017

In a world where we are more and more “connected,” technology plays a major role in the working environment. Do you remember when we were introduced to the “internet” for the first time? This novelty was not so long ago, it has only been about twenty-three years! It’s the same for the trucking industry! New advances in truck equipment happen every day and these innovations change the work environment for refuse trucks and drivers’ safety.

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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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