Published: September 30, 2022

Australia’s National Transport Insurance (NTI) just released a suite of tools to help their staff and others better understand the different types of trucks and trailers used in commercial transport. We’ve borrowed some of their content to create a fun quiz so you can test your knowledge of terms used in North America. 

Published: August 25, 2020

It’s been eleven years since Bitcoin was created, and only the last few that we’ve heard much about it in the news. Most of us understand that it’s a currency that exists only online without any type of government control. What most people don’t know is that the foundational technology behind Bitcoin, called Blockchain, has many other uses and has the potential to revolutionize supply chains.

Published: Aug 31, 2022

While everyone enjoys a national holiday, few of us actually know the history of Labour Day. So, just in case you were wondering, here’s an overview of the last long weekend of summer.

Published: July 28, 2020

While it seems that pandemic related issues will remain at the forefront for a while yet, there are a few other things to talk about, namely the new NAFTA and staying on course in spite of protests and heat waves.

Published: July 29, 2022

The trucking industry has been challenged with labour shortages for several years now. Since the pandemic and so called “Great Resignation,” that challenge is now widespread. What has often been overlooked in news reports though, is that the current lack of workers was predicted decades ago, and isn’t going to be resolved anytime soon.

Published: June 30, 2020

They say there’s no rest for the weary, and we know that’s true for many of us. We keep on truckin’ because people are counting on us to get the job done. But it’s not just the work that is leaving us fatigued. The daily news is filled with strife that triggers all sorts of emotions, and that too is tiring. So whether you’re out amidst the uncertainty or isolated at home, here’s a way to take a little break.

Published: June 29, 2022

Safety is a big deal in our organization. We want our drivers, your goods, and all others on the road to get to their destinations safe and sound. As the first heat wave of the summer ends, we know there will likely be many more. To help keep you, your family, friends, and neighbours safe in the sizzling temperatures, we share this information about potentially life-threatening heat related illness and how to avoid it.

Published: May 27, 2020

While our Ameri-Can trucks travel all over North America, our headquarters is in BC, and we couldn’t be more proud to call this province home. Individual citizens, groups of friends, businesses and other organizations are stepping up to help us all through what’s turning out to be a weird and whacky 2020.

Published: May 31, 2022

It may not feel like summer yet, but plan a vacation anyway! We all need some downtime to clear our heads, calm the anxiety, and reenergize. A holiday from “life as usual” comes at all price points, so if you need some ideas, read on.

Published: Apr 28, 2020

R emember when people hated seeing a big rig on the road?
E specially when they had to wait to pass?
S ince some things have changed in this world…
P eople have a somewhat different perspective.
E specially those who ran out of toilet paper.
C heers to all those, including truckers, whose work is truly essential.
T hank a trucker. #thankatrucker

Published: April 29, 2022

Most adults know how much sleep they need to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. Unfortunately, sometimes we just don’t get quite enough. But is napping a good idea? Well, it depends.

Published: Mar 23, 2020

We want to let our customers and all those who rely on them for food products and other essentials, that supplies are on the way. The North American borders remain open to trucks carrying the things you need.

Published: March 30, 2022

The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming, and it’s officially spring. Time to take a nice long walk. If you’ve spent most of the winter on the couch, a walk may sound exhausting, but it really will make you feel better.

Published: Feb 18, 2020

Ameri-Can started out as a family business, and we still try our best to take care of everyone in our extended family of employees and their loved ones. We also know that every family has members who are vulnerable in some way to uses of technology that are downright dastardly. Whether it’s a grandmother on the internet, a new Canadian getting an unexpected phone call, or a youngster chatting with a friend online – scammers are taking advantage to the tune of $100 million a year.

Published: Feb 28, 2022

There’s a lot to celebrate in the month of March. From the little-known Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, to the very popular Saint Patrick’s Day. March 4th and March 8th are the days we want to talk about.

Published: Jan 20, 2020

Safety has always been Ameri-Can’s top priority. Protecting our drivers, others on the road, and our client’s cargo is simply more important than anything else. That’s why we applaud the efforts of governments and agencies across North America who are working to keep all of us safe.

Published: Jan 27, 2022

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to reinvigorate us. It seems like a fresh start, a time to make new plans, to do better than ever before, with another year of learning and experience to guide us.

Published: Dec 20, 2019

North America is a rich tapestry of diverse cultures and religions. Over the winter months, there are several different types of celebrations marked by gift giving, festive foods, and general merriment. 

Published: Dec 21, 2021

Oy vey. We’re not Yiddish, but we thank them for the expression that pretty much sums up how we’re feeling about 2021. We pride ourselves on being great at what we do – delivering your goods to where they need to go on time, every time. With various road closures across BC for many of the last six months, and now the loss of the Coquihalla, that’s been difficult, to say the least. Of course, we were only one of many businesses challenged by events this year, and we feel your exasperation too.

Published: Nov 26, 2019

Even if you’re not a truck driver, many people travel frequently and that makes it a bit more difficult to get your Christmas shopping done. One of the perks of the internet is being able to shop online from just about anywhere, and have your purchases shipped directly to the recipients. 

Published: Nov 25, 2021

Elizabeth Dunn is a researcher at the University of British Columbia. In a recent study, participants were given some money, with half told to spend it on themselves and half told to spend it on someone else. The findings showed that those who spent the cash on someone else felt happier than those who bought something for themselves. In the spirit of sharing happiness during the holiday season, here are four organizations that offer joy to the purchaser, the receiver, and the end beneficiary.

Published: Oct 24, 2019

The federal government provided a two year window for implementation of the more significant changes to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations. One of those amendments is the requirement for commercial drivers to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, as of June 3, 2021.

Published: Oct. 28, 2021

If you’ve listened to the news in the past few weeks, you’ll no doubt have heard countless reports about “the supply chain.” Those reports usually state upfront that there is a big problem. Then there’s an interview an expert of one sort or the other who mentions one or two of the major challenges facing a broken system. But here’s another perspective: If you overload a car, hitch on a trailer, and gun it up a steep mountainous road in 35-degree Celsius weather, what do you think is going to happen?

Published: Sept 24, 2019

There was an article in Truck News last week about Daimler Trucks North America’s efforts to reduce truck repair times to 24 hours. Daimler is opening new parts distribution centres in the U.S. and Canada; and implementing new technology at repair shops, to improve efficiency and keep drivers informed of repair progress. (You can read the article here.) 

Published: Sept 29, 2020

Over the coming weeks, many of our friends in North America will celebrate Thanksgiving. Others around the world will hold festivals marking a bountiful harvest. These special events bring families and communities together, and are a great reminder that we all have things to be grateful for. In fact, giving thanks every day for the positives in our lives, rather than focusing on the negatives, is a practice that can improve our lives.

Published: Aug 20, 2019

In hope that many of you are too busy at the beach to keep up with all the trucking news, here are digest versions of five recent articles. Stay safe and enjoy the summer!

Published: Aug 26, 2020

September has always been a milestone month in North America, marking the end of summer vacations and the beginning of a new school year. It’s sort of a refresh too, with new fall outfits and the start of new projects, as the crisp fall air moves in. This September will no doubt be a little different from those gone by, but we have to keep moving forward, right? Here’s what’s on our radar.

Published: July 23, 2019

Safety is always a priority for us at Ameri-Can, and we care about those in our communities as well. While we all enjoy those long, hot summer days, a few precautions are in order when you’re on the road. Preparation is key to keeping problems at bay. Let’s start with the kids.

Published: July 28, 2021

After more than a year of restrictions on where we could go, a road trip might be just what you need to regain your sense of freedom and adventure. It might also be time to take a little vacation from those devices that we’ve relied on so heavily these past months.

Published: June 25, 2019

Refrigerated trailers are called “reefers,” and we use them to transport perishable food products throughout North America. Some foods though, don’t need refrigeration, and in fact, can lose some of their quality if kept in a fridge.
As you’re planning your camping trips and other summer adventures, we thought we’d help you make the most of your cooler space by sharing this list of no-fridge foods.

Published: June 30, 2021

After being cooped up all winter, it may seem like a cruel joke to be encouraged to stay indoors again, but when the temperatures rise this high, you really do need to be careful out there. The current heat wave is expected to dwindle over the week, but it’s only the beginning of July, so there’s no doubt more to come. Here are a few tips for surviving the summer heat.

Published: May 20, 2019

There’s a lot to keep up with in this dynamic industry! In case you’ve been enjoying the warmer weather (rather than reading up on current events), we’re bringing you a digest this month on four news items you may have missed.

Published: May 25, 2021

The professional drivers at the helm of our eighteen-wheelers have a wealth of information about their rigs right in front of them. On their dashboards are a voltmeter, tachometer, engine oil pressure gauge, air pressure gauge, and a bunch of temperature gauges for various parts of the truck and trailer. Some also have navigation systems, and as of June 12th, most will have electronic logging devices too.

Published: April 2019

While you can always count on us to deliver fresh food for your local grocer, it’s fun to try growing your own vegetables in the summer. It may still be a bit cool at night but you can start planning now, and we found some great tips to maximize use of smaller garden spaces.

Published: April, 24, 2021

You feel fatigued. It’s hard to concentrate as your mind zips from one thought to another, and at the end of the day you don’t feel like you’ve accomplished very much. It might be time to go “old school.”

Published: 19 March 2018

When we talk about image, it’s what we see with our eyes that comes to mind. But image is more than what we look like, it speaks to our character, our values, and the contribution we make to our communities. Apparently, trucking has an image problem.

Published: Mar, 29, 2021

While you still need snow tires on to travel the Coquihalla, spring is officially here! Traditionally planting season, high-tech innovation in food production means your going to be seeing fewer fields, more greenhouses, and tall industrial-looking buildings sprouting up on farm land and city fringes.

Published: 19 February 2018

Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, recently announced that the federal government is going to be developing new training standards for semi-truck drivers. We support all initiatives that increase safety, and are thankful for the experience our own drivers have. We wondered though, if the average non-commercial driver really remembers everything they may have learned, or if they’ve kept up to date on new things, like round-abouts. See if you know the answers to these True or False questions.

Published: February, 25, 2021

Among the grants being offered to foster business recovery are two BC programs you may want to consider: the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant, and the Launch Online Grant. Here are highlights of what you need to know, along with links to more information and applications.


Published: January 2019

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is all about renewal; looking ahead and setting goals. With that in mind, we’ve been doing a lot of research on emerging industry trends and predictions. Reading through the opinions of pundits, we came up with a short list. Then, we realized, they were all related, and perhaps not so surprisingly, the common denominator is the continued advancement and adoption of technology.

Published: January 26, 2021

It sometimes seems like a bad dream, but 2020 was more of a wake-up call to a new reality. The ever-changing world changed at a pace unprecedented and unexpected. It wasn’t pleasant, but the lessons learned weren’t all bad. Still, it can be difficult to shake it off when “normal” is a word we can’t even define anymore. So, how are you approaching this new year? Here are a few suggestions that may help.


Published: 18 December 2018

Ameri-Can was founded by a farming family and we’ve now spent three decades carefully transporting fresh food all over this continent. While you’re enjoying your traditional holiday recipes, we thought we’d share a round-up of food industry predictions for 2019.

Published: December 22, 2020

2020 was a year
full of crazy, full of fear.
TP was in short supply,
everyone was baking pie.
Gatherings were not allowed,
contact beeps came from the cloud.

Published: 21 November 2018

While the cost of diesel fuel has risen steadily over the last decade, in 2020, the price could jump by 30%. The International Maritime Organization has taken steps to reduce the amount of sulphur pollution caused by ships, leading some to predict that these vessels will convert to diesel fuel, resulting in a significant demand related price hike.

With the rising cost of fossil fuels plus increasing taxes intended to reduce our reliance on them, it certainly seems that it is the time to take a serious look at the overall cost/benefit of electric vehicles for long-haul trucking.

But what’s actually available? Let’s have a look.

Published: December 7, 2020

While staying home right now is recommended as the best way to avoid the new big “C,” there’s another C we need to keep in mind when we do have to hit the road – Celsius.

Published: 23 October 2018

We move goods across the borders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico every day. So, when there are changes to the rules, we’re very interested.

The provisions of new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been agreed to, but won’t actually take effect until 2020; and then, only if formally approved by each country.

Published: November 2, 2020

If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland, know that you are among others taking this year – that there simply are no words to describe – one day at a time.

Published: 18 September 2018

Fall is definitely upon us, and that means winter is soon to follow. Your Ameri-Can team of drivers have seen some nasty wrecks in their travels, and they want you to stay safe! Here are their top five tips for a stress-free winter driving season.

Published: September 29, 2020

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of everyone doing their part to help one another. We’ve come to recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by those we often take for granted. 

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