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!



BC Mandatory Driver Training.
The Government of BC says it will begin industry consultations this summer on mandatory driver training. BC wants to know if they can develop rules that will be consistent with other Canadian jurisdictions, as well as the guidelines current under development by the Canadian Council of Motor Transportation Administrators. Read the government news release.

New Document App
An Oregon company has developed a new mobile app to receive, store, and send, documents that need to be carried by drivers. All Canadian provinces and U.S. states, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii, must accept electronic images of International Registration Plan (IRP) cab cards and International Fuel Tax Agreement IFTA licenses. “Permit Book” ( is expected to be available mid-summer for Android and Apple. Read the full article.

US Holding Up USMCA
Mexico has ratified the new free trade agreement. Trudeau is prepared to call MPs back over the summer to ratify the agreement if need be. In the US however, politics have gotten in the way. Recent speculation is that the US “might” be able to ratify the USMCA by the end of the year. Read the latest.




ELD Certification
Canada has decided that electronic logging devices will have to be certified by a third party. All drivers now required to maintain a logbook will have to have a certified ELD by June 2021. Read the announcement article.


Saskatchewan Highway Rest Areas Staying Open
The Government of Saskatchewan was going to close nine rest stops along the Trans-Canada and highways 7 and 9 due to garbage buildup and general uncleanliness. That did not go over well with truckers or motorists. Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure then announced that the rest stops would remain open as they looked at ways to solve the maintenance issues. Read the news report.

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Prevent overheating: your car and your kids
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.
Be sure to pack a hat and make them wear it. Sunscreen is a must, and a light weight long-sleeve shirt to wear after several hours in the sun, will help prevent UV exposure.
Kids also need to be kept well hydrated. Use a separate bottle for each child so you can monitor who hasn’t been drinking enough. If your kids are really active, alternate a sports drink with water. Watermelon is also a great way to boost fluids.
Keep kids in the shade when possible, or at least get them to take a break from activities to sit in the shade to cool down a bit.
Pack a thermometer and watch for these symptoms (which also apply to adults):
• increased thirst
• muscle cramps
• headache
• dizziness
• irritability
• weakness
• nausea or vomiting
• confusion
• fainting
• cool, clammy skin

If you notice any of these (or are just concerned), take their temperature. If it’s one or two degrees above normal, which is 98.6 F (37 C), it’s time to take a break and cool down. If their temperature is higher than that, but less than 104°F (40°C), you need to take action to bring that down. Get to a cooler spot, remove clothing and put cool cloths on directly on their skin, and give them a sports drink. If they are too weak or sick to drink, if their body temperature doesn’t return to normal within minutes, or if they just don’t seem right, call a medical professional for advice. In BC, you can call a registered nurse at HealthLink BC by dialing 811.

If their temperature is 104°F (40°C) or higher, they’ve stopped sweating and their skin is hot and dry, or if they’ve become unconscious, call an ambulance. Move to a cooler spot, remove clothing and put cool cloths on directly on their skin. Don’t give them anything to drink unless they are fully awake and alert, and basically seem normal other than the high temperature.
Now, let’s talk cars and trucks. The two biggest overheating problems are caused by an existing condition with your vehicle, or overloading it. Have your vehicle serviced before your trip, and before you rent that camper, make sure that your vehicle can handle the weight, remembering that you’ll also have other gear to take with you.
If you are hauling or travelling a mountain route, it’s a good idea to take along a jug of coolant, and know how to check the level and refill it if necessary. Also, make note of where the engine temperature gauge is.
As you’re travelling, keep an eye on that temperature gauge. The outdoor temperature and any weight or climbing stress on your vehicle will combine. If the climbing is steep, shift into a lower gear and keep a steady, even if slower, pace.
If that temperature gauge starts to climb, look for a place to safely pull off the road for a bit. If the gauge is nearing the red zone, turn off the air conditioning and turn on the heat. Pull over as soon as you can. Use a proper pull offs if you see one, but otherwise, the side of the road on a straightaway where other vehicles can see you in advance, will do.
When you’re off the road, pop the hood with the inside lever. You want to open the hood the whole way, but it will likely be very hot, so protect your hands. Now, enjoy the scenery for at least half an hour. An hour would be safer. Open the coolant reservoir – not the radiator cap! Check the fluid level and top it up if needed. If it’s completely dry, or if you notice any leaks, unhooked hoses, or anything else troublesome, you’re probably best to call for a tow truck.
If everything looks ok, start the car and let it run for a few minutes. If the gauge is back in the normal range, carry on, but keep a close eye on it.
Happy trails!

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