The Great White Unknown?

By Joanne Ritchie
OBAC Executive Director

Forgive me for thinking maybe you don’t like us or something. Walking the show floors of American truck shows – as I like to do – I often see U.S. carriers recruiting drivers with pitches like “No NYC” and “No Canada.”

Canada as bad as New York City? Hey, maybe it’s time you came up here and looked around for yourself.

OK, I admit we have some language problems. Y’all say things I puzzle over, and I get blank looks back when I mention loonies and toonies and two-fours. But get started on high operating costs, low freight rates, delay time, bad-apple carriers and the scarcity of places to park for the night, and it’s pretty clear that Canadian and American truckers aren’t that different after all.

The good news is, I’m getting more and more calls from American truckers – mostly OOIDA members who read about the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada (OBAC) in Land Line or hear me on the radio – what I hear suggests we have more things in common than we do things that keep us apart.

I know the border is an issue for a lot of you, and frankly, we have the same problems there, too. For what it’s worth, statistics show that Canadian trucks haul about 60 percent of all the freight moving between Canada and the U.S., so we’re no strangers to that foolishness.

While getting here can be a hassle, and running here can be a bit of a challenge, if you know what you’re up against before you leave, you can prepare for it. To that end, for this issue of Land Line, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help American drivers get across the border, and to keep them out of trouble once they get here. (Click here to read more)

If your map shows a vague nothingness above the 49th parallel, with sketches of amazing beasts and a warning “there be dragons” written along the border in some strange script, get yourself to the nearest truck stop for a “Made in Canada” map and come up and see us, eh?