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The Evolution of the Semi-Truck in the 20th Century

January 29, 2015

If you’re not entirely sure what a semi-truck is, you’re probably wondering why its name implies that it’s only “half” of something! Well, any professional with dispatcher training can tell you that a semi-truck consists of a tractor and a half-trailer. While the half-trailer of a semi-truck actually only has back wheels and no front

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4 Ways Dispatchers Keep Drivers Safe in Winter

January 22, 2015

It would be an understatement to say that dispatchers are the guardians of the trucking industry – especially in ravaging winter weather conditions. While truck drivers are limited to what they can do from their cab, dispatchers have access to a wide range of information from computers, radars and other drivers in their fleet. In

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How Technology is Reducing Semi-truck Accidents

January 15, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatalities in accidents involving semi-trucks has been on the rise since 2012. Increases as large as 18 per cent in some instances have continued to blight the American Trucking Association’s reputation every time the local 5:00 news runs a story about an unfortunate pile

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“Top Fit” Truck Keeping Drivers Alert and Safe

January 8, 2015

For truckers, the workplace is also a bedroom and living room – all contained within a 120-inch sleeper cab. It’s true that today’s sleeper cabs focus much more on comfort than those of the past. Many are equipped with stereo speakers, a mini fridge, a pull out table and even a microwave oven! That being

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Is the Trucking Industry Becoming More Environmentally Friendly?

January 1, 2015

There are approximately 650,000 heavy-duty freight trucks registered in Canada, making trucking a $37 billion industry. That being said, it is also an industry that has the capability to produce a lot of waste – sometimes in one day a single freight truck can produce as much emission as 150 cars! Despite the reputation of

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France to Phase out Diesel Powered Vehicles

December 25, 2014

Students who graduate from auto mechanic college can expect to fix fewer diesel-powered cars if they decide to go and work in Paris – or anywhere in France, for that matter. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, wants her city to be diesel car-free by 2020. French Prime Minister Manuel Vallas wants to implement a

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Heavy Duty Trucks for Heavy Duty Jobs: The Undying Popularity of Pickups

December 18, 2014

If you asked what the top selling car in America was last year, you may be surprised to hear it wasn’t a car at all—it was a truck. The Ford F-150, in fact. The second and fifth spots for top sales were both trucks as well. Clearly, North America has a love affair with heavy

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The History of Trucking and the Birth of Big Rigs

December 11, 2014

Today, trucking is seen as a cultural symbol of life in North America. Made famous through T.V., movies, and songs – long stretches of highway, truck stops and country music are all forever associated with the trucking lifestyle. But despite the prevalence of semi-trucks on the road today, trucking only truly began as an industry

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Infographic: The Evolution of Automobile Safety Technology

December 5, 2014

Although the first automobiles took the road in the late 19th century, safety technology only really began to develop midway through the 20th century. It took many accidents for inventors to begin devising ways to make automobiles safer for both passengers and pedestrians. Students enrolled in auto training school are probably aware of how far protective technology

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What Will Police Vehicles Look Like in the Future?

December 4, 2014

Students pursuing auto mechanic training know that some of the most interesting cars to work on are police cars. And these are just recent models. Who knows what engineers, auto training school graduates and car companies will come up with and actually produce as police vehicles over the next ten, twenty or thirty years. Hollywood

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