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The SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) training program helps heavy‑duty
truck drivers improve their fuel efficiency by up to 35%. In addition to protecting
personal income and industry competitiveness, SDHT benefits include reduced
greenhouse gas emissions, less vehicle wear and tear, and increased safety.

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Follow these 4 easy steps for your chance to be in to WIN the TTSAO SmartDriver Challenge:

1 – Driver tracks trip data over a pre-established route and enters the data in the Fuel Consumption Form’s Pre-Training Assessment column

2 – Driver completes the SmartDriver for Highway Trucking online “Fundamentals” training (45-60 mins) at: https://smartdriver.eduperformance.com/client?culture=en-CA

3 – Driver tracks trip data over the identical pre-established route and enters the data in the Fuel Consumption Form’s Post-Training Assessment column

4 – Email your completed Fuel Consumption Form(s) to admin@ttsao.com

Remember$1600 worth of cash prizes and MORE* to be awarded to participating Truck Drivers and Driving Instructors/Fleet Managers!

*The first 90 completed forms received will qualify for an HONORARIUM!

*Honorarium for submitting New Driver data: $50 – drivers with less than 1 year of commercial vehicle driving experience

*Honorarium for submitting Experienced Driver data: $200 – drivers with more than 1 year of commercial vehicle driving experience

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Hard on the heels of the Conference, I  was involved in giving a presentation to the Peel Goods Movement Task Force last Friday, and I now know that we, as a group (TTSAO) through CHET are accepted as a stakeholder in relation to Training.    A big plus for the Association to be among such an elite level of planners, logicians and academics in transportation. To view the information check out the link below.

https://www.peelregion.ca/pw/transportation/goodsmovement/pdf/goods-movement-strategic-plan-2017-2021.pdf

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The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) had their 4th annual conference at the end of February with a lot of good information shared with attendees. There were new awards, many great discussions around truck training and how schools or carriers can work closely together. Check out the conference recap here.

A panel discussion led by Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight and consisting on Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport, Matt Richardson of Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc, Garth Pitzel of Bison Transport, and Philip Fletcher of Commercial Heavy Equipment Training talked about carrier and school relationships and how it affects students coming into the industry. One of the areas that I thought was interesting about the panel discussion was the fact that relationships between carrier, school, and student were extremely important in the success of a student becoming a professional driver.

Schools are working closely with carriers and developing strong relationships because they understand that carriers are playing a major part in truck training even if they don’t provide it. I have always said to new drivers that their first point of contact should be with a carrier of choice to find out what type of training they require and if they work with certain schools. This allows a student to get training knowing they are able to be hired once they graduate from the school.

Good certified schools also understand that truck training is more than just passing a test and that training is a foundation for your whole career. Having that relationship with a carrier allows a school to prepare that student for the carrier style of operation so the student is successful at the end of the training.

Carriers are investing in a student when they sign on and much of their orientation is focused on competency and skills training when a new driver starts with the fleet. The carrier’s job is to groom that driver once they have the basic skills and working with certain schools is offering that comfort that a new driver has been trained to certain standards. Although many carriers have formal mentor programs they know that mentorship and training happens best when it is a natural fit between the new driver and trainer. Many of us can remember our mentor or trainer when we got started hopefully as good memories. Carriers realize this and are focusing on soft skills and the customer service side of the improving a driver. Trust is a main factor in a relationship between a school, student, and carrier. Careers, safety, and the future depend on it.

As a new student or driver it is important for you to spend time building that relationship with a school and a carrier. Go to events and meet the recruiters. Call carriers and find out which school they work with in your area and why. Talk to the schools about their training programs and which carriers they work with to evaluate what job types are available. Start that relationship before you even choose a training provider and it will help streamline the process of becoming a truck driver. Not only will that save you time, resources, and money, but will also fast track you into a quality carrier right from the start. If you need help getting started then www.ttsao.com is a good place to start.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast for Truck Drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Fuel-Efficient Driver Training
The SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) training program presents fuel‑efficient
driving strategies for drivers of tractor-trailers operating in an environment of
rising fuel prices and growing demands for environmental responsibility. SDHT
offers a flexible suite of online, in-classroom, and on-road training materials that
can be used individually or as part of a blended learning program.

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The SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) training program helps heavy-duty
truck drivers become champion fuel-efficient drivers. Using a variety of proven
driving techniques including maintaining momentum, route optimization, speed
management – and much more – fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 35%.

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TTSAO would like to introduce to you our newly appointed board of directors for 2019-2021. 

We look forward to working together over the next 3 years.  Thank you for your commitment to the TTSAO.

Please give a warm welcome and thanks to the following persons:

Board of Directors

Ken Adams, Chairman of the Board-Crossroads, Ottawa

Philip Fletcher Vice- Chairman, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training

Yvette Lagrois, Past Chairperson-Ontario Truck Training Academy

Sean Essner, Modern Training Ontario

Jack Lochand, Alpine Truck Driver Training

Brian Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training

Kelly Perez, Zavcor Training Academy

Lesley de Repentigny, KnowledgeSurge Institute Trucking School

Ray St. Jean, Northstar Truck Driving School

Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communication and Public Relations

Mike Millian, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson, TTSAO Insurance Group

Guy Broderick, Chairman, TTSAO Carrier Group

Contracted Associates

Clarissa Maristela, Sara Fitchett Quest Consulting

Kim Richardson, President-TTSAO-TransRep Inc.

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Philip Fletcher of CHET was awarded the Volunteer Award for the Year for his dedication to the TTSAO association. Congratulations to Philip for winning a well deserved award.

Congratulations Philip Fletcher

You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com

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iThe new award of the year titled the “Instructor of the Year Award” was presented to Joe Texeira from Rosedale Transport. Joe has been with Rosedale for 32 years and was so emotional he almost couldn’t speak as he accepted this well deserved award. Joe is a top notch instructor in the industry and it will be hard to follow him for future award winners. The Instructor of the Year Award was presented by TTSAO and Paybright.

Congratulations Joe Teixiera of Rosedale Transport
  • Award presented by Paybright and TTSAO

Check out the criteria for the award and register your instructor for next year

You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com

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The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) just finished their fourth annual conference and I thought I would just give a recap on the conference.

It was really well done as a two day conference and started on the Wednesday, February 27th with a number of sessions with the Insurance Group, the Carrier Group, and then an annual general meeting followed by a cocktail hour which was well attended thanks to Revolution Staffing and Glenn Caldwell for presenting. The bulk of the presentations were on the Thursday and since I’ve been to a number of conferences I’m always wondering if there is going to be something new and I was pleasantly surprised with the TTSAO conference.

Thursday morning started off with a continental breakfast and opening remarks with Kim Richardson and Ken Adams, who is the TTSAO Chairperson. Comments by the IHSA and the provincial government offered an update on where they are as far as Mandatory Entry Level Training and other issues with licencing.

Technology and transportation were the focus of this conference starting with a presentation by Kimberly Biback on social media and marketing business strategies. A best practices for training panel followed which was moderated by Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight and included Matt Richardson of KRTS, Philip Fletcher of CHET, Garth Pitzel of Bison Transport, and Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport discussing what they do to help drivers once they complete training and how they help them be successful as professional truck drivers.

After a networking break, we heard from Kelly Henderson Broderick from THRSC Atlantic and she moderated a panel consisting of Stephen Laskowski from the OTA, Mike Millian from the PMTC, and Charlie Charalambous from the Fleet Safety Council discussing how associations work with different training schools, what to look for in an association, and why you want to be a part of these associations if you’re not already.

Philip Fletcher of CHET was awarded the Volunteer Award for the Year for his dedication to the TTSAO association. Congratulations to Philip for winning a well deserved award.

After a lunch break the new award of the year titled the “Instructor of the Year Award” was presented to Joe Teixeira from Rosedale Transport. Joe has been with Rosedale for 32 years and was so emotional he almost couldn’t speak as he accepted this well deserved award. Joe is a top notch instructor in the industry and it will be hard to follow him for future award winners. The Instructor of the Year Award was presented by TTSAO and Paybright.

Andrea Morley of Healthy Trucker took the audience through some stretching and health information for drivers and people in the training industry followed by another networking break.

A keynote presentation by Michael Thompson of ISB/ MEE was really an eye opener as to where things are going in the future for training, trucking, and for business in general. The conference wrapped up with some prizes and Brian Pattison of North American Truck Training won the early bird draw for the iPad.

I encourage you to join the TTSAO for not only the membership, but also for the next conference because there was a wealth of information presented and there’s going to be many changes in the training and transportation industry for the near future. You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com

TTSAO 4th Annual Conference Recap - YouTube

Check out the video above for an audio recap of the conference.

About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast for Truck Drivers. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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