mix 142.JPGRecently I had agreed to do a ride-along with Willy’s Trucking Service’s HSSE personnel, Carol, in order to learn a bit more about the trucks they use and to see a day-in-the-life of a delivery driver.

What I thought I was going to be paying attention to the whole day, and what actually ended up happening, were two different things. 

Yes, I did get a chance to pull on the air horn (which, by the way, everyone should do at least once in their lives) but the real eye opener was realizing that I am not as safe of a driver as I thought I was. 

Not only does a semi-truck driver need to be pro-active by knowing exactly when to shift one of the many, many gears to slow or speed up the truck, but the reactionary vision they need to have due to ignorant car drivers was made clear to me that day. 

  • BLIND SPOTS- We have all seen the stickers, ”If my mirrors can’t see you, I can’t see you!” stuck nicely to the back, side, front, all over the truck. There’s a reason for that. It is really difficult to see everything happening around your massive 50 foot long box trailer. If you thought it was tricky to see what is in the next lane when your ironed, collared shirt is hanging in the backseat, well, this is a whole new ball game. So, don’t ride along in a truckers blind spots. Be wary of a truck making a right turn as well, as they need those two lanes to maneuver and don’t need you trying to squeeze past them just to crush your Civic. 
  • BRAKING- that sweet spot in front of the semi truck that is empty enough to slip your BMW in front of because you sped up and were enjoying swerving in and out of lanes too much to actually get in BEHIND the truck like you should of, but cut off the trucker instead? Yeah..that. Don’t do that. They need ample time to shift down to come to a safe stop and they need ALL that space they leave in between themselves and the car in front of them. Don’t worry, you’ll still get there even if you have to slow down a bit to safely merge in behind or when it’s safer.
  • SHIFTING – have you been in a semi-truck? Have you seen that gear shift? 18 gears. Ok? Not just “Drive” and “Park” but basically they become “one” with their engine. Listening to the sound of the RPM’s rising and lowering, watching the gauges, working the pedals, shifting from one little rectangle box to another. It’s an art. One of which I will enjoy being the spectator of!  
  • ICY ROADS + EMPTY LOADS= SLIPPING – Of course you can’t know if there’s a full load in that van or not, but, just be extra careful on icy roads. I was being driven by a very capable, seasoned driver but knowing how easily the truck could slide and jack-knife with an empty van was enough to make me stop breathing every time a car would cut in front then slam on their brakes or swerve in front etc. I can’t stress this enough… Try your best to give truck drivers plenty of space in between your car and them. Everyone can breathe easier that way!
  • TRUCKERS CARE – they care! These are people that operate big machinery every day and do their utmost best to make sure everything is delivered on time but most importantly, safely. These are the people that will pull over on a snowy, dark highway when they see someone in distress to help you change a tire or put chains on (I have experienced this first hand!) They work long, strange hours and are away from their families that want them home safe and sound. 

Thank-you to Willy’s Trucking Service’s for the experience. 

Do you have any tips to add to this article? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by Melody Mills

February Feature:Q&A with our client Deb Kalyn from Nykal Enterprises Ltd

1.  What prompted you to seek Willy’s Trucking Services? What situation or problem did you need to solve?

When Greyhound’s schedules between Edmonton and Peace River changed and the hours at the bus depot changed, we needed to look at other options.  We also found that there were fewer and fewer transportation companies to choose from and we weren’t particularly happy with their service.

2.  Why did you specifically select Willy’s Trucking?

We were referred to Willy’s Trucking by a friend and were impressed with the service from the first time we used them. We kept coming back!

3.  What made you believe that Willy’s Trucking was the best for achieving your desired result?

Consistency in service!  With the added bonus of free delivery from the depot in Peace River to our work site on Weberville Road.

4. How did you benefit from working with Willy’s Trucking?

I am confident that when I put my order in for  pick up of stuff in Edmonton, it will happen and I will have my product in Peace River the next day!  

5.What are the two most significant improvements that have resulted from your work with Willy’s Trucking?

Reliable product delivery

Product always arrives in good shape(not beat up)

6.What exactly did Willy’s Trucking do to contribute to the outcome you wanted?

I don’t have to worry that my product will not arrive.  I know that my project will not be held up.

7.Describe why you feel that working with Willy’s Trucking was successful.

Confidence in service.

8.In the future, what type of businesses would most benefit from working with Willy’s Trucking?

Anyone in the construction business that needs to source product out of town.  We build houses and we also install municipal water and sewer services.  We know that when we need our pipe, it will get to our job site on time.

9.If a potential client was on the fence about whether to work with Willy’s Trucking or not, what would you say to them?

First of all, we are so glad we found your company! 

Willy’s customer service is the best in the trucking industry. 

I KNOW I will get my product the next day from Edmonton. 

They are reliable, trustworthy and friendly.  They will go the extra mile when need be to ensure their clients are well taken care of! 

Thank-you to Deb and Nykal Enterprises for their feedback! If you are a client of ours and have an interest in being featured on our blog, please email

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