Behind The Wheel Of A Big Rig

Ever wondered what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a big rig? Well, so did Marc Venema of CTV News Kitchener.

In this video, our very own Ron Klicka takes Marc out on the road to show him what it’s like to double-clutch and drive a 13-speed manual transmission Mac truck.

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What Can A U.S. Navy Seal Teach You About Driving A Truck?

No doubt about it...

Being a truck driver can be a tough job. Is it Navy Seal tough? Well, I can tell you that our AZ License Course doesn't quite compare to hell week. But still...

Trucking has its challenges. In this video, Red Viking Trucker, shares his experiences of working with a U.S. Navy Seal and how those lessons apply to driving a truck.

Below, I've included what I found to be the key takeaways.

Put your bags down.

Stuff happens and you have the choice to carry baggage with you or put it down anytime you want,.

Truck driving requires great focus, and a cool head. Many decision are made moving at 60 mph so you can’t let a rude dispatcher or grumpy border guard get in your head.

Focus on what’s in front of you.

You might be worried about how you’re going to learn to drive a big truck. You might be worried about living on the road for days or weeks at a time. Not sure how you’re going to get through it.

Rather than worry and stress about what MIGHT come. Focus on what’s in front of you and take it one day, or even 10-minutes at a time.

Learn to learn.

Driving a truck is a skill like tying your shoes. You’ll make mistakes. Have an open mind and a willingness to learn and make mistakes. Allow yourself to make mistakes but learn from them and strive not to make the same mistake twice.

Expect to succeed.

Doubt. Fear. Hesitation. All of these feelings and emotions are normal when learning something new. Despite all of this, you want to go into your new career, expecting to succeed.

Embrace the challenge.

It’s very likely that trucking is like nothing you’ve done before. All of it will be new. You can let this fact cause fear and doubt or you can embrace every new moment of the learning process and approach it with an attitude of wonder.

When stuff hits the fan, you can still decide who you want to be.

When stuff happens that is out of your control, it can be difficult to remain calm - especially when you’re driving alone. When you have no one to vent to, it’s easy to unleash your fury on others around you.

But in every moment, you have control over who you will be and how you’ll react.

Challenger Recognized As One Of Canada’s Top Carriers

The 2017 Shipper’s Choice Awards winners have been announced and Cambridge’s own Challenger has been named one of Canada’s favourite shippers.

Shippers across Canada vote for companies who demonstrate performance excellence and regularly exceed shippers’ expectations.

Congratulations to everyone over at Challenger for this award.

Staying Clean, and Smelling Good When On The Road

If you want to be taken seriously as a professional truck driver, then you need to behave like a professional. And part of that means taking care of your hygiene.

But staying clean, and smelling good when on the road isn’t quite the same as when you’re at home. Daily showers may not always be possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer in your own stench.

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