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Sep

Are There Education Minimums To Becoming A Trucker?

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In Ontario, there is no minimum education level to be a trucker. However, to be a trucker you will have to go through several tests. Here is what to expect: Who Can Take the Tests? The tests to get a trucker license is given by the government of Ontario. It is open only to people who: Are 18 years of age or older; Have a clean driving record; and Have passed a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) medical checkup. The checkup is taken at your own expense and will cost around $60. It will find whether you can physically handle the long hours and stresses of truck driving to make sure you won’t fall unconscious at the wheel. The checkup may find small possible problems, like high blood-pressure, poor blood sugar regulation, or asthma. Even if you have these problems, you can see a specialist to come up with a treatment…

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23
Sep

Discount Fuel Cards vs. Credit Cards – There is a clear winner!

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You’re company is paying too much for diesel if you are using a credit card instead of a discount fuel. Even if you use the credit card correctly and manage to pay the balance on time to avoid interest payments, you still end up paying too much for fuel. The posted cost of fuel that’s displayed on the big sign in front of the truck stop is a cash price only. The actual price you pay for diesel is much higher if paid for by credit card. You pay a premium price for credit card payments When he/she pulls into the truck stop, your driver may think that what he sees posted in big numbers is today’s price per gallon. He would be correct, but only if your company pays cash for the fuel. If you use a credit card, the price is higher! In the U.S. the difference can…

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14
Sep

How Important Is A Good Sleep For Truckers?

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Sleep is essential for people of all ages and of all professions but many suffer from sleep deprivation or just don’t get enough sleep. As a trucker, who is constantly on the road working long hours, your sleep schedule changes and often times it suffers. But your sleep needs to be a priority. As important as it is to get from point A to point B, your overall health and safety is most important. Signs of Exhaustion While Driving If you are extremely tired, your body will let you know. At time when you find yourself highly moody and irritable, you may be experiencing early warning signs that your body needs rest and your mind needs sleep. The next stage of symptoms will include slowed or slurred speech, apathy, impaired memory, the inability to multitask and inappropriate emotional responses. If these symptoms occur, that’s your cue to get off the…

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9
Sep

5 Safest Roads In North America

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There are a lot of ways to measure the “safest” road: lowest impaired driving rates, fewest total accidents, fewest injuries, fewest fatalities, safest urban roads, safest rural roads, etc. Each measure gives a slightly different ranking. We crunched the stats together to find the safest roads overall, and here’s how it breaks down. Nevada Nevada loves its Highway 15, and it shows. The beautifully maintained highway is one of the safest in the world, particularly because of the sunny Nevada weather that keeps rain and fog to an absolute minimum. Only impaired driving in Vegas keeps Nevada from being the safest place to drive in the United States. Utah Utah, a practical state that loves its truck stops, takes road safety seriously. Utah’s road infrastructure ranks among the best in the country. Even better, the Mormon Church’s longstanding stance against fun has led to a bottom-basement impaired driving rate. In…

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