If there's one thing truck drivers can count on in Canada, it's an annual battle with an enemy known as winter.
Things got so bad in Newfoundland that the Canadian Armed Forces had to help dig the island province out from a record-breaking blizzard that dumped 2.5 feet of snow on St. John's on Saturday. Trucks had few options but to wait for the snow to be cleared and ferry service to return.
But on the packed roads of Canada's largest freight hub, the Greater Toronto Area, winter can be scary. At one point on Saturday, officers from Ontario Provincial Police were responding to more than 40 collisions.
Much of the trouble happens on Highway 401, often ranked as the busiest road in North America. There's even a Canadian reality show, "Heavy Rescue: 401," dedicated to the recovery of large vehicles, many of them trucks, from the road.
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To get a sense of the dangers to trucks on Highway 401, the Twitter feed of Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division is a good start.
Schmidt frequently posts about the all-too-frequent truck accidents on the highway. His photos and videos — including a deadly crash involving three trucks on Monday — can be difficult to look at.
His advice during a recent snowstorm: "#slowdown and drive according to the weather conditions."
Hammer down, everyone!
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