Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Truck Training

Monday, December 17, 2012

This is the last week of our food drive for the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program.



This is the last week of our food drive for the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program. Please support this great cause by dropping off a non perishable food item to the Saferway office and enter to win on of three gift baskets.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Cummins Aftertreatment System - Driver Training for Cummins On-Highway H...




Published on 2 Dec 2012


Part 14 of 15 in a series of chapters from the Cummins On-Highway Heavy-Duty Truck Engine Driver Training DVD produced in 2010. This segment discusses the Cummins Aftertreatment System.

Bendix Tech Talk: Benefits of Oil Coalescing Technology



This Bendix Tech Talk discusses the importance of oil coalescing technology in commercial vehicle air dryer filters. Oil coalescing technology prevents oil from damaging air management systems and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Bendix Tech Talk Series, presented by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC at the annual Mid-America Trucking Show, aims to help educate drivers and fleets about topics such as advanced safety technologies, energy management solutions, CSA, and reduced stopping distance. Information in this video is accurate as of March 21, 2012. For more details, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visitwww.bendix.com.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Driving the supply chain, looming driver shortage, Louise Yako, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association



“ With an anticipated increase in container volumes and a looming driver shortage, we need to use every tool available to ensure port intermodal operations are as efficient as they can be.” - Louise Yako, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association

Driving the supply chain

Help Saferway Support the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program.


Help Saferway Support the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program. We have just 3 weeks left of our food drive and our donation bins are not full yet. Please consider dropping off a non perishable donation and entering to win one of our great prizes.

This photo is from drop off last year where we had a group of young parents and their babes who were super appreciative for the food.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bendix® Air Management System




View an introduction to the Bendix® air management system, a total air management solution that helps fleets and owner-operators reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while increasing vehicle performance.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Help Saferway Support the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program.





Help Saferway Support the The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program.

We have just 3 weeks left of our food drive and our donation bins are not full yet. Please consider dropping off a non perishable donation and entering to win one of our great prizes.

This photo is from drop off last year where we had a group of young parents and their babes who were super appreciative for the food.

Say Hello to the Tow Plow: A New Weapon Against Snow Covered Hwys





Say hello to the latest weapon against snow covered highways in B.C., the Tow Plow, a new technology used to maintain our roads. This unit is actually two plows in one; it allows one truck and operator to do the equivalent of two passes, which translates into cleared roads, faster!

While the tow plow may look very wide and difficult to handle, it is more responsive than the traditional wing plows; the operator can quickly manoeuvre around obstacles on the road like signs or parked cars. This is fairly new technology, and you can expect to see them on selected B.C. highways this winter.

TranBC allocates approximately $356 million each year for highway maintenance with maintenance resources across British Columbia and in every corner. They are busy each and every day maintaining 42,000 km of road and 2,700 structures.

MICHELIN® X One® Tire Testimonial - Mark Randolph





Mark Randolph is a third-generation owner of J. Grady Randolph, Inc. trucking company. Whether you are hauling giant earthmover tires or everyday loads, X One wide single tires can save fuel and weight. Listen to Mark talk about his experience with X One tires.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Next ICBC Approved Air-Brake Course January 5th 6th and 7th 2013



Next ICBC Approved Air-Brake Course January 5th 6th and 7th 2013

Class 4 Training Course (Unrestricted)



Driver Training

Class 4 Training Course (Unrestricted)

Whether you want to drive a small school bus or special activity bus, Saferway's class 4 program will provide you with instruction on the on-road driving knowledge and pre-trip inspection procedures to successfully complete the ICBC road test to obtain a Class 4 licence.

Driver Training Class Two - Bus.





Driver Training Class Two - Bus.

Driving careers with a class two bus licence it can also be a valuable accreditation for clubs and school faculty members who need to transport passengers to and from excursions and field trips.

To book your lessons call Amie at 250-385-8212

Driver Training Class One Truck Training





Driver Training Class One Truck Training


I think a Western Star with a big Texas Bumper looks good in any weather.

Victoria International Airport Yard to the Barge, Big Joe powered out and had to get help to haul this heavy Machinery - Now that's Trucking


















Big Joe gets ready to haul Ramsey Machines work out from the Victoria International Airport Yard to the Barge, Big Joe powered out and had to get help to haul this heavy Machinery - Now that's Trucking

Thursday, November 29, 2012

We provide ICBC Certified Instructor Courses.




We provide ICBC Certified Instructor Courses.

The ideal candidate will be:

Passionate about promoting and improving the professionalism of truck drivers.
An experienced operator.
Have an interest in and demonstrated aptitude for teaching.
Comfortable with computers and advanced technology.
Willing to work shifts and weekends if necessary.
Able to relate to teaching a variety of people, this is one of the most important attributes that a good instructor must possess.
Happy to be home every day.

We provide ICBC Certified Instructor Courses.

Start a New Career:

The job of a Driving Instructor is interesting and very rewarding.
Class 1, 6 and 5/7 Driving Instructors.

Call 250-385-8212 for information

Driver Training - Class 1 Instructor Training Course



Driver Training
Class 1 Instructor Training Course

Tomorrow is the big day for these upcoming driver training students. If they are successful in there practicals tomorrow they will have completed the two week car Class 5/7 portion of the training and will receive the Class 5/7 Instructors Certificate to present to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and it will leave them with the pre-requisite to move on to Class One Commercial Transport instructor Training Portion of the program.







These student have good skills to be successful but tomorrow will be there time to show they have the skills. They must get a minimum of 80% on two Practical Exams to be successful


 

  


Good luck to all and thank you for such a great attitude and want to improve safety on our highways. We will keep you up dated in the process.

Randy A. Eckert
President
Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Bendix Tech Talk: Meeting New Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) Regulations

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Help us Support The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program

Help us Support The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program





The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program is a place where people can find hope and direction when they are the most vulnerable and in need . . . a community of caring individuals who believe there’s more to social services than providing programs . . . because love is the bottom line.

WIN $100 Saferway Gift Certificate!

The Saferway Food "Drive" this year there are even more chance to win!!!

Drop a non- perishable food donation off to our office at 2328 Government Street between now and December 21 and receive and draw entry ballot. This year there will be 3 draws:

Basket #1
P and R Western Star Jacket
P and R Western Star Hat and Toque
$50.00 Saferway Gift Certificate

Basket #2
Steve Drane Harley Davidson t shirt
Steve Drane Harley Die Cast
Saferway Toque
$50.00 Saferway Gift Certificate

Basket #3
Kal Tire Water Bottle
Kal Tire Hats (2)
Saferway Toque
$100.00 Saferway Gift Certificate

Driver Training - Truck Drivers Wanted



Truck Drivers Wanted

Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, inter-urban, provincial and international routes. This also includes shunters who move trailers to and from loading docks and within trucking yards or lots.


A Class 1 licensed driver may also drive any other vehicle or combination of vehicles except motorcycles.

There is currently no minimum training standard for truck drivers. At present, employers have their own standards for hiring.
  • Typically employers require:
  • Secondary school level education
  • Previous experience
  • Completion of professional driver training
  • The appropriate class of license
At Saferway we provide hourly training all the way up to a comprehensive truck training course which is Federally approved and HST except.

All of the CERTIFIED courses below include:

20 hours Certified Air Brakes Course
16 hours Commercial Transport Theory
4 hours Transportation/Handling of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
3 hours Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
7 hours Load Security Theory
8 hours Load Security Practical
30 hours observation time of on road training

All textbooks included. A certificate is issued upon completion. These courses are HST exempt and tax deductible and tuition receipts will be issued.

Certified Class One & Three Course:

In-Truck Content:
Daily pre-trip inspections
Daily log books procedures
Defensive driving
Shifting techniques /clutch control and techniques
Gear selection, up-shifting and down-shifting
Strategic positioning in traffic / intersections and cornering manoeuvres
Highway and down-town driving, and night driving
Safe backing procedures, straight backing, offset backing
Parallel parking
Coupling/un-coupling the tractor-trailer unit
Introduction to B-Train, Flat deck and Dry Van
Last session includes final road test with ICBC

As a professional operator you will be exposed to various challenges and traffic conditions on a full-time basis.

At Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. our trained professional instructors take a great deal of pride in helping you develop and maintain professional driving techniques and skills. Saferway uses a variety of trailer configurations in its training from Vans to Flat deck configurations to help prepare you for your new career. These skills will allow you to handle driving situations in a safe and confident manner. Since 1968 Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. has provided quality training to thousands of satisfied graduates.

Truck drivers in British Columbia require a Class 5 with an Air-brake Endoursment this allows you to operate any two axle vehicle with air-brakes, a Class 3 commercial license to operate vehicles with more than two axles. This includes smaller commercial vehicles such as tow trucks and dump trucks. For trucks with semi-trailers, drivers require a Class 1 driver’s license. Drivers must be at least 18 years of age to obtain a Class 3 license, and at least 19 to obtain a Class 1 license. All drivers must also meet required medical standards before receiving a license. Vision, hearing and physical and medical conditions are screened prior to licensing. To get information about types and classes of driver’s licences in B.C., go to: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) www.icbc.com


Our friendly staff will work with you to design a schedule that best works with your needs.  Come in and check out our job board.  Our job board is updated on a daily basis.

Give us a call at 250-385-8212 - Email us at info@saferway.com - or drop by and check out our training facility, we look forward to seeing you. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Truck Driver Training Victoria, BC

Driver Training Victoria, BC


As a professional operator you will be exposed to various challenges and traffic conditions on a full-time basis.

At Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. our trained professional instructors take a great deal of pride in helping you develop and maintain professional driving techniques and skills. Saferway uses a variety of trailer configurations in its training from Vans to Flat deck configurations to help prepare you for your new career. These skills will allow you to handle driving situations in a safe and confident manner. Since 1968 Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. has provided quality training to thousands of satisfied graduates.

To find out more simply navigate through our courses by using the links on the left hand side and top of this page, or Call our office at 250-385-8212 and our friendly staff will walk you through our courses that best suited to your needs


Friday, November 16, 2012

Truck Driver Training, Victoria BC | Truck Driving Courses

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Truck Driver Training, Victoria BC | Truck Driving Course










Saferway has been providing quality training in Victoria, Sidney, Colwood, Sooke, Duncan, Naniamo, and the on the Mainland. for over 44 Years.

We are a full service driver training school, offering a complete range of programs.

Truck Driver Training can be done on an Hourly Rate, and you can choose to add in other programs to meet your choice. You can also opt to choose one of our Federally Certified Courses which are exempt from HST. Training is tailored to meet your demands. Please call our office or drop by our new training centre to discuss what training or program works best for you. Our friendly staff will be waiting to discuss your needs.

Some of our training includes:

  1. Trucks Driver,
  2. Cars,
  3. Motorcycle,
  4. Air brake,
  5. Instructors Training; class 1 trucks Class 2 bus, class 5 car, and class 6 motorcycle. Saferway's many years of experience has been providing quality instructor training on Vancouver Island.
  6. Drivers wishing to retrain or upgrade their skills. We are committed to providing high quality training for all of our students.
  7. Driver Assessments.
  8. Hazard Perception/Defensive Driver Courses
  • Saferway is licensed by ICBC and bonded to protect students.
  • Saferway is licensed by ICBC and bonded to protect students. All instructors are qualified and licensed by ICBC.
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Better Business Bureau Accredited
  • BBB Rating A+
  • Better Better Business Bureau since 1984
  • BC Trucking Association
  • Saferway Receives BC Trucking Association Award for 25 years Commitment to the Association and The Motor Carrier Industry. A Member since 1985
  • Registered with Revenue Canada
  • Saferway is registered with Revenue Canada as a certified commercial training center.
  • Established in 1968, Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Driver Training, Victoria, BC - Class 1 Truck Driving Driving Instructors Course Starting on Sept. 10th to the 14th 2012.

















Class 1 Truck Driving Driving Instructors Course Starting on Sept. 10th to the 14th 2012

Commercial Truck Instructors:


Full Time & Part Time Career Opportunities Teaching. We are seeking individuals with a background in the trucking industry as a professional truck driver and a strong interest in training.

The ideal candidate will be:

  1. Passionate about promoting and improving the professionalism of truck drivers.
  2. An experienced operator.
  3. Have an interest in and demonstrated aptitude for teaching.
  4. Comfortable with computers and advanced technology.
  5. Willing to work shifts and weekends if necessary.
  6. Able to relate to teaching a variety of people, this is one of the most important attributes that a good instructor must possess.
  7. Happy to be home every day.

We provide ICBC Certified Instructor Courses.

For employment opportunities at Saferway please contact our office.  Call Amie at 250-385-8212

Driver Training - Instructor Training Course - Starts on November 19th 2012
















Class 5/7 Instructors Course - Starts on  November 19th and ending on the 30th 2012.

We offer several courses: Class 1/5, Class 5, Class 1 Upgrade (from Class 5) and Class 6.  The courses are exempt from HST, tax deductible and meet requirements for funding

Car and Classroom Instructors:


Driving instructors come from all walks of life; teachers, ex-service personnel, factory workers, secretaries, housewives, office, administration staff, salesmen, tradesmen, drivers, commercial operators, the self-employed and many others.

The skill of being able to relate to and teach a variety of people is one of the most important attributes that a good instructor must possess.In addition to the people skills, you will also need some degree of self-discipline, professionalism, and a good sense of responsibility that a job such as this requires.

Job satisfaction is high. There is nothing like the feeling of a job well done, when a pupil passes their test.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Do you enjoy driving? Do you like to work with people?
  2. Would you like the opportunity to be able to teach?
  3. The job of an Approved Driving Instructor is interesting and very rewarding.
For More Information Call Amie at 250-385-8212

Driver Training - TDG & WHMIS November 18th 2012

November 18th 2012

Call 250-385-8212 for details.  

Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Course Content:


This four hour course covers the identification of dangerous goods and the safety requirements of packaging, loading and unloading, and the transportation of dangerous goods, as well as the displaying of proper placards on the vehicles.















Workers Hazardous Material Information System

Course Content:

This 3 hour course covers the Canadian Worker’s right to know more about the safety and health hazards of materials often used in the workplace.
The WHMIS course covers identification of workplace hazardous materials and the safety requirements for packaging and handling as well as identification requirements and labels.



Next TDG WHMIS -

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Driver Training - B.C. jobs scene just keeps trucking on

B.C. jobs scene just keeps trucking on


Job seekers are in luck when it comes to the commercial road transportation industry in British Columbia.
Trucking companies throughout BC require professional drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and operations staff right now, which means that job seekers with experience and/or training may find work within their preferred region.

For those considering training prior to joining the workforce, demand for skilled workers in the industry is likely to grow – to 2020 and beyond.

There are a number of reasons for this. For truck drivers, the industry is facing a North America-wide shortage because most are 45 years of age or older and nearing retirement (in fact, in Canada, according to a report by the Canada Trucking Human Resources Council, 58 percent of long-haul truck drivers fall in this age range).

Similar shortages exist for other jobs, including diesel engine and heavy duty mechanics.

Aside from worker shortages, economic growth in the Asia-Pacific Gateway is also driving demand for workers in transportation.

By Contributed - North Island MidWeek
Published: November 13, 2012 3:00 PM 
Updated: November 13, 2012 3:18 PM
Read more:  http://www.northislandmidweek.com/news/179195611.html


In June of 2010 Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. received an award for Appreciation of 25 Years of Commitment To The BC Trucking Association And The Motor Carrier Industry.

It is 27 Years now and we are still committed We have a dedicated and committed staff on board that are passionate about the industry. I would like to give special thanks to the staff of Saferway for their commitment. I am proud to have such a good team.


Randy A. Eckert
President
Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Drivers Wanted


Drivers Wanted


Canada and the USA need Truck Drivers


Say Check out Women in Trucking. Bethany she has her own Facebook Page

I’m a prisoner of the highway, farmer and lover of Mother Nature, the moon and stars, my long and...http://facebook.com/onegirltrucking

Driver Training -



Driver Training -


It all starts with a good attitude, to be a safe professional operator, the will to learn, it can be intimidating or overwhelming at first It is not all serious, If your not having fun your not learning.

Here is to the thousands of professionals out there that trained though Saferway, Trucking it really gets in you blood.

Driver Training / Instructor Training



Driver Training / Instructor Training


Taking a break before the Class 1-5/7 Instructors Course starts Monday November 19th 2012. It is going to be hard work for the next three weeks.

There is an advantage to getting your class one license, after years of experience you could take an approved Instructors Course as in Saferway's and then you get to teach others how to be professional operators.

There is a need for Good Professional Instructors out there. As we will be training for another school on Vancouver Island, we are also taking the importunity to train another Instructor for Saferway.

One week in class.
One week practical out in the cars.
And one week out in the trucks.

I am getting excited see you out there.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Truck Training - Super B Train Training



Truck Training

With the Air-brake course completed, the Transport Training Theory finished today the students can look forward to the On-Road Practable Training net week.

It is quite rewarding taking someone whom has never driven anything other than a little Mazda and putting them behind the wheel of a 550 hp. Tractor 18 Speed Fuller Road-ranger Trans, and loaded Super B Trailer and training them to be a safe competent prudent professional operator.

Drivers Needed in Canada & USA - Truck Training- What we will be covered in the course.
















Truck Training - What we will be covered in the course.


Course Content:

  • Introduction to the Transport Industry Vehicle Configurations and RTAC
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Hours of Service (Canada and USA)
  • Vehicle Inspections CVSA Standard and DOT Compliance
  • Basic Control
  • Progressive and Professional Shifting
  • Safe Backing Procedures
  • Coupling/Un-coupling of the Tractor/Trailer Unit
  • Visual Search
  • Communications
  • Space and Speed Management
  • Night Driving
  • Extreme Winter Driving Conditions
  • Accident Procedures
  • Border Crossing
  • Trip Planning
  • Public and Employee/Employer Relations
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Load Security Theory
  • Documentation and Manifests
  • Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tandems Load Placement and Security
  • Tie downs, Chains, Belts Tie Down of Triple Deck Trailers and Concrete
  • Handling Cargo and Loading Procedures Dry/Van, Flat Deck, and Refrigeration Units and Maintenance

It is sure nice to have students with such a great attitude toward safety and learning. I think we have another great group of transport students entering a new working field of work.

Saferway Truck Training - An old Pacific Logging Truck

An old Pacific Logging Truck we respectably pulled over for when I was on my up into Toba Inlet on an Air-brake Course I flew in to teach.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Enter to win great prizes including a $100 Saferway Gift Certificate. Proceeds will support: The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program

Support: The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program


6 days into our food drive and we have already filled our first bin with food donations! Drop by our office at 2328 Government with a non perishable food donation and enter to win great prizes including a $100 Saferway Gift Certificate. Proceeds will support: The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program

Thursday, November 1, 2012

WIN $100 Saferway Gift Certificate!




WIN $100 Saferway Gift Certificate!

The Saferway Food "Drive" starts today and this year there are even more chance to win!!!

Drop a non- perishable food donation off to our office at 2328 Government Street between now and December 21 and receive and draw entry ballot. This year there will be 3 draws:

Basket #1

  • P and R Western Star Jacket
  • P and R Western Star Hat and Toque
  • $50.00 Saferway Gift Certificate
Basket #2
  • Steve Drane Harley Davidson t shirt
  • Steve Drane Harley Die Cast
  • Saferway Toque
  • $50.00 Saferway Gift Certificate
Basket #3
  • Kal Tire Water Bottle
  • Kal Tire Hats (2)
  • Saferway Toque
  • $100.00 Saferway Gift Certificate

All food will benefit the Cridge Center Young Parent Program. Please support this great cause!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Brake inspections a bigger deal - “It’s worth noting that drivers performing daily pre/post-trip inspections can visually check every item except brake stroke.”| Trucks at Work

“Since the brake chamber’s pushrod stroke is physically limited and can only operate effectively within a very narrow range of movement, a mere fraction of an inch of excess stroke can mean the difference between safe and unsafe braking,” Judson emphasized. “It’s worth noting that drivers performing daily pre/post-trip inspections can visually check every item except brake stroke.”


Read More; Brake inspections a bigger deal | Trucks at Work

Friday, October 12, 2012

CSA and the Professional Truck Driver



Every Professional Truck Driver strives to put safety first when on the road. Safety is not only about safe truck driving habits but it is also about driving safe equipment and being in compliance with Hours of Service regulations. CSA uses the BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) to define the different areas that contribute to safety.
Read More - CSA and the Professional Truck Driver

Police bust 262 people for distracted driving

According to Coquitlam RCMP, the force handed out 262 distracted driving tickets in the month of September during a recent distracted driving enforcement campaign.
For Details See - Police bust 262 people for distracted driving

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Saferway will be holding a food drive once again this year to support the Cridge Center Young Parent Program.



Saferway will be holding a food drive once again this year to support the Cridge Center Young Parent Program. Last year we gave away a $100 Saferway gift certificate. What kind of prize draws would entice you to bring in a food donation?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NHTSA Airbag Counterfeit Final

Canada needs truck drivers - This is a great time to join the trucking industry

READY FOR A NEW LIFE IN TRUCKING?
The road to a future in trucking may be paved with hard work and long days, but many drivers feel the benefits outweigh the challenges.

Canada’s Driving Force report states that the highest number (32 per cent) of people taking a Class 1 licence test were 35 to 44 years old. Only 17 per cent of the applicants were under 25 years old. The higher licencing age shows that people are not entering the industry straight from high school, and probably also means that trucking is not a first career.

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry that employs over 260,000 drivers and somewhere in the order of 400,000 Canadians overall. It's a diverse industry made up of a few large companies but dominated by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and independent owner-operators.


Trucks move 90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs within Canada and almost two thirds, by value, of our trade with the United States, our largest trading partner.


Without trucking, the wheels of commerce would stop rolling and Canadians would be unable to enjoy many of their favorite consumer products.

Snapshot of Canada’s Trucking Industry*:


As a whole, the trucking industry (including for-hire carriers, private carriers, owner-operators and courier firms) generated an estimated $67 billion in revenues in 2005.

With respect to trucking firms, in 2006, general freight carriers accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire revenues of the industry.

Truck carriers with annual revenues of $12 million or more accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire trucking industry.

Heavy trucks accounted for 21.8 billion vehicle-kilometers in 2006, compared with 7.4 billion vehicle-kilometers for medium-sized trucks.

Empty haul movements accounted for 13 percent of heavy truck vehicle-kilometers in 2006, compared with about 5 percent for medium-sized trucks.

Infrastructure:

According to the Canadian Vehicle Survey 2007, there were 789,272 (in scope) heavy trucks (gross weight of at least 4,500 kilograms) in Canada, of which 461,144 were medium-sized, weighing between 4,500 and 15,000 kilograms. A total of 328,128 were Class 8 (heavy) trucks.

Ontario (36 percent), Alberta (26 percent) and Quebec (12 percent) accounted for approximately two thirds of the heavy truck fleet.

Trade:

Trucking is a key trade facilitator. About 2/3 of Canada-U.S. trade moves by truck including over 80% of all US exports to Canada. The North American just-in-time inventory system is built around the truck.

Canadian for-hire trucking firms carry over 80 percent of total tonnage shipped intra-provincially.

In terms of value, in 2007 trucking accounted 58.8 percent of trade with the United States, rail 17.2 per cent, pipeline 13.8 percent, air 5.8 percent and marine 4.3 percent.

In 2007, the exports from Canada shipped by trucks totalled $174.3 billion (50.7 percent of total exports) down from $181.3 billion in 2006. Imports from the United States shipped by trucks amounted to $160.9 billion in 2007, down from $166 billion in 2006.

The Border:

The busiest trans-border trucking routes were Ontario–U.S. central region, Ontario–U.S. south region and Ontario–U.S. northeast region. Combined, they accounted for almost 80 percent of the shipments.

Heavy truck activity across the Canada–U.S. border fell about one percent in 2006 to 12.9 million two-way trips, still below the 2000 peak.

Environment:

On average, heavy trucks are driven 73,000 kilometers per year, about four times as much as medium trucks, which are approximately driven 19,000 kilometers per year.

Heavy truck fuel efficiency averaged about 33 L/100 km, with straight trucks averaging 31 L/100 km and tractor-trailers averaging 35 L/100 km.

Labour:

The trucking industry as a whole employs approximately 400,000 people in communities large and small all across Canada.

* The statistics on the trucking industry have been sourced through Transport Canada 's annual report – Transportation in Canada 2007. For the full report seewww.tc.gc.ca/pol/en/anre/menu.htm and through various Statistics Canada surveys. Please see www.statcan.gc.ca for more information.

What you need

For job seekers looking to get into driving, characteristics to have are good health and vision, time management skills and a customer service orientation. A person should like driving and not mind driving long hours and in poor weather. Often driving jobs include a large amount of lifting and moving freight, so a person must be physically able to handle the job.

Long vs. short

Long haul drivers transport goods over long distances and can drive at any time of day or night and work long hours. Short haul drivers transport goods over shorter distance and drivers have the benefit of being home every evening.

Companies may include living allowance, retention bonuses, camp accommodations or any number of other bonuses. Some companies also help drivers get their licence. In this arrangement, they may ask the employee to sign a contract and if they stay with the company for a certain length of time (e.g. a year) the company will cover some or all of the cost of training. With the cost of training and the test being well over $1,000, this can be a significant amount.

Salary and pay

Salary varies by the type of truck (e.g. tractor trailer, five-ton delivery truck), the kind of driving (e.g. long haul, short haul), the company and the employee’s experience.

By looking at recent job postings and talking to employers, Class 1 drivers in Fort McMurray can make from $25 to $35 per hour depending on experience. Class 3 truck drivers can make from $22 to $28 per hour. Class 5 drivers start at about $21 to $25 per hour.
See further in this issue for definitions of the different classes.

Jobs Guide -Canada needs truck drivers

Are ready for a new life in trucking?


Do you want to drive?

Do you feel that there's no better place to be than behind the wheel?

If so, why not make a career out of it?

Well, you've come to the right place. 

The trucking industry here in British Columbia and Canada for that matter, is full of opportunities and possibilities. It starts, of course, with all the truck driving positions you're probably already familiar with.

When you think about it, everything you ever buy arrives at the store by truck. Just imagine the number of people it takes to move everything safely, efficiently and on time. Now that's a lot of people!

Of course, we're not looking for just anybody - we're looking for people with drive and who want to drive.. Is that you?

This is a great time to join the trucking industry. There's a high demand for professional drivers in all areas of the industry. We hope to see you behind the wheel soon.

If Your Ready to Start or want information on a new and rewarding career:

Call Saferway at 250-385-8212
Our friendly staff are waiting to help you.



Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Heads up #BCTrks. As of Monday, commercial vehicles in BC must carry chains. From Oct 1 to Apr 30 to be exact the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Should Your Drivers Take Defensive Driver Training?



Should Your Drivers Take Defensive Driver Training?


Defensive driving training

Many of us have heard about defensive driving, but; unfortunately, many know very little about defensive driving in reality.

To start, let's try to understand what defensive driving actually means.

The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, ANSI/ASSE Z15.1, defines defensive driving as "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others Some would say that defensive driving means reacting to the driving environment. We believe defensive driving is much more than that. Defensive driving means understanding the driving environment so that you can proactively anticipate hazards before they happen, hazard perception, perceive or predict a potential hazard before it becomes a real one. In other words, it is essentially about being a proactive driver.

Sometimes, drivers tend to ignore safety signs or warnings and indulge in risky driving behavior. One of the primary objectives of defensive driving training is to help not only correct such problems, but also to prevent such problems. It not only teaches students important concepts of safe driving but also changes their thought process towards driving, making them a better driver.

What does one learn in defensive driving training?

There are many important aspects of defensive driving training that a good training course should cover. Some of the more important concepts that students learn about in such a course include how to stay alert and focused while driving, learning to analyze any driving situation and anticipate the actions of other drivers on the road, driving safely when the road conditions are less than optimal, yielding right-of-ways to other drivers, handling emergencies how we see and what we see with, and much more.

Drivers of commercial vehicles can benefit tremendously from specialized Commercial driver training courses that teach them these concepts and how to drive economically as well. Commercial driver training enables drivers to drive responsibly and avoid accidents and liability.

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