While everyone in Canada and northern colder climates has to deal with winter conditions, few are as familiar with the necessity of navigating cold weather conditions as truck drivers. For truck drivers staying warm and comfortable in the cab and sleeper compartment is essential and can even become a matter of mortality.

Thankfully we live in a world where auxiliary heaters exist. Today we’re going to try and shed some light on the benefits of these cab warming devices, and perhaps we’ll even make a case that every trucker on the road (or at least those who spend any time in cold climates) should consider investing in one.

Sadly winter is never far away in the “great white north”! Once you accept this cold reality (see what we did there ;-), you should know that whenever winter approaches truckers need to prepare their rigs for the challenges cold weather brings.

While in recents winter seasons we MAY have seen a bit of a trend for milder winters (but then again, this purported winter mildness depends upon your opinion of what a mild winter is and where exactly you live), it’s essential to be proactive in making sure your rig is ready for potential drops in temperature. To help truckers navigate through the cold season, here are some tips to ensure your rig [...]

As winter sets in, truckers face a host of challenges on the road, from icy conditions to freezing temperatures. To help navigate through the cold weather and avoid winter-related trucking issues, we’ll share some invaluable tips to keep your rig running smoothly.

First and foremost, prioritize preventative air system maintenance. This includes servicing your air dryer and conducting thorough inspections to detect and repair any leaks. Ensuring proper performance of your air system is crucial in preventing breakdowns caused by freezing up—a common issue in cold weather conditions.

But air system maintenance is just the beginning. To maximize your rig’s performance and fuel economy during the [...]

In the world of business, controlling delivery operations while optimizing working capital allocation is a common challenge. Often companies can find themselves in a balancing act between needing to move products efficiently, while at the same time not overcommitting resources to transportation costs.

Fortunately, there’s a solution: leasing. Businesses can leverage leasing options to manage delivery operations effectively while preserving capital for core business activities. A great option, some would even way a company at the forefront of this solution… is Alpine Leasing, a sibling company of Gerrys Trucks.

Alpine Leasing specializing in tailored leasing packages designed to meet the needs of businesses across various industries. [...]

Alpine Leasing, a sibling company to Gerrys Truck Centre, is a trusted provider of transportation solutions tailored to the needs of truckers and trucking companies alike. With a range of services designed to offer flexibility, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, Alpine Leasing stands out as a valuable partner in the trucking industry.

So, what exactly does Alpine Leasing offer? The company provides access to Class 8 trucks, tractors, and trailers for rent on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

This rental option serves as a lifeline for truckers facing seasonal business fluctuations, unexpected breakdowns, or those experiencing overall business growth. By offering rental solutions, Alpine Leasing ensures that truckers have access to [...]

Time for a new rig? Should you buy or lease a rig? Decisions, decisions! Often each and every time a truck driver or trucking company needs a new rig they have to consider this choice. And in many cases, each and every time the decision is a hard one because each approach offers its own set of advantages and considerations.

Today in this post we’ll shed some light on the key factors to consider when making this decision. We’ll start with purchasing (which is also known as financing) a rig. In this case, the main advantage of buying is actual ownership. Once the financing payments are complete (or the check [...]

As any experienced trucker knows, tires are a significant investment—and maximizing their lifespan is essential for both safety and cost-efficiency. Fortunately, today we’re going to share some valuable tips on how truckers can increase tire longevity and get the most out of their investment.

First and foremost, we want to stress the importance of staying on top of mechanical issues. Loose or worn steering components, suspension problems, or inadequate shocks can all contribute to premature tire wear. By addressing these mechanical issues promptly and maintaining a rigorous maintenance schedule, truckers can extend the life of their tires significantly. Additionally, regular alignment checks are crucial for preserving tire life. Poor alignment can lead to uneven [...]

When the temperature drops and winter approaches, truckers need to ensure their rigs are ready to tackle the challenges of cold weather. To help you prepare we have some invaluable tips to get your truck winter-ready.

First and foremost, truckers need to appreciate the importance of checking your rig’s air systems. Compressed air contains moisture, and when warm, moist air encounters cold air tanks, brass fittings, valves, and hoses, it can lead to reduced system efficiency and potential issues like corrosion and frozen air lines. To prevent such problems, service the air dryer annually, ensuring optimal performance throughout the winter months.

Moving on from [...]

For truck owners that are handy, the option of servicing their rig themselves can be a tempting proposition. After all, it offers the potential to save on labor costs and provide a sense of empowerment. However, before diving into the world of “do it yourself” (DIY) truck maintenance, it’s essential to consider both the advantages and drawbacks. Let’s explore some insights on the pros and cons of self-servicing your rig. First and foremost, the decision to service your own rig hinges on your mechanical and technical proficiency. If you possess the necessary skills and knowledge, DIY maintenance can indeed lead to significant cost savings by bypassing professional labor fees.

However, the potential pitfalls of [...]

For truckers in Canada, staying current on licensing requirements is necessary if you want to have any career longevity. Recently (as of the time of this post), there have been significant changes to the process of renewing air brake licenses, aimed at simplifying and expediting the procedure. Here are some of the details you should know…

Effective as of September 2023, truckers now have the option to complete the Air Brakes Refresher Training module online before visiting a DriveTest center to renew their air brakes or Z license. This means that the traditional knowledge test at the DriveTest center is no longer a mandatory step in the renewal process, making it more convenient for [...]

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