EMDECS Continues to Innovate

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EMDECS is the flagship fleet maintenance shop management system of BrightOrder Inc., the first software shop management system to be utilized via the internet in real time. For over two decades we have worked hard to constantly update and improve EMDECS to keep up with advancing technology. And we keep on updating and improving it.Continue Reading

 Collision Avoidance Systems for Trucks

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There are numerous factors that play a role in causing truck crashes. For instance, driver distraction, driver fatigue, boredom, following too close, driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs, road rage, poor maintenance practices, or bad driver behaviors of others on the road. There may be more causes but these are the most common.Continue Reading

Automatic Slack Adjusters

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Automatic Slack Adjusters (ASA)s represent an advancement in truck brake technology. In the days before ASAs manual slack adjusters required daily inspection and manual adjustment to maintain adequate braking on heavy trucks with air brakes. But how many drivers or shop techs actually did that daily? Back in the day, those of us who wereContinue Reading

Why Ontario Dump Truck Owners Protest

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Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) is a grouping of regulations designed to minimize heavy truck damage to Ontario roads and highways to extend road life and make for safer traffic conditions. It covers trucks and their trailers built prior to July, 2011. This post focuses on dump trucks and how their owners are affected underContinue Reading

Shortage of Safe Parking for Trucks

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    In Canada and the United States trucking associations are spreading awareness of the need for safe parking for large trucks. This may not be seen as a real problem by the non-trucking public. Most people sleep safe and sound in cozy bedrooms. Sleeping in a truck under unsafe conditions is different. Truck stopsContinue Reading

Hauling Steel Coils

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If you are new to hauling freight and are considering handling steel coils on a flatbed trailer, at first it may feel a lot like being a novice ice skater on a frozen lake. You never know what you’re in for. It takes much skill and strength to load a trailer properly and secure theContinue Reading

Truck Stops: Mom & Pop vs Major Chains

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  When trucks began hauling road freight, truck stops followed, springing up all across North America. The early years saw mom and pop shops offering fuel and food to weary truckers. But when the United States built the interstate highway system and Canadians made 400 series roads, many small towns were bypassed by travelers puttingContinue Reading

Cross Border Trucking

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  Cross Border Trucking Issues Many Canadian based fleets cross the border with the United States to pick up or deliver goods. Many US based fleets cross into Canada for similar reasons. But with the corona virus it’s not all business as usual even for these essential workers. The Government of Canada recently required useContinue Reading

International Roadcheck May 4-6

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection blitz will occur in early May and the best way to pass inspection is through proactive vehicle maintenance and by readying drivers ahead of the check blitz. Last year’s Roadcheck resulted in out of service violations for vehicles because of lighting issues. And for drivers, hours of serviceContinue Reading