Comparing Colonies: Canadian Trucking Vs. Australian Trucking

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Australia and Canada share little in common, but the trucking industries of these two countries are quite similar. From the heavy aluminum bumpers to the short sleepers, the B-trains to the Lightforce spotlights, Canadian and Australian truckers agree on
              Although located at opposite ends of the globe, two British offshoots share a distinct similarity in their trucking industries. Both nations also share notable differences. Canadians drive on the right side of the road, and Australians drive on the left. The Canadian wilderness has bitter cold in December while the outback of Australia suffocates under searing heat. However, several parallel features of the equipment of both nations deserve mention: bumpers, lights, sleepers, and trailers.

                The Canadian wilderness boasts some of the largest game animals in the world including moose, elk, bison, musk ox, deer, and bear. When these animals contend with mechanical beasts on the highway, they can be the source of mayhem. Down under, roaming herds of cows, horses, kangaroos, and other large animals also interfere with traffic. To cope with these hazards and spare themselves large repair costs, many truckers in Canada and Australia install moose or kangaroo bumpers on their trucks. These heavy aluminum bumpers deflect the impact from collisions with animals and minimize damage to the truck.

                Darkness is a common characteristic of many undeveloped parts of the world. When the sun goes down, few electric lights stand to replace its glow. With Canada’s long periods of darkness in winter and Australia’s few outback street lights, truckers from both countries are compelled to provide their own light. Coincidentally, Canadian truckers and Australian truckies rely on Lightforce spotlights to pave the way in the dark of night.

                Because hundreds of truckers spend the night in their vehicles, sleepers have become a standard trait of the modern semi truck. Because of length restrictions in Canada and the length of Australian roadtrains, many truck sleepers in both countries are nearly the same length, 55 to 65 inches. In fact, some International 9900s in Canada would blend into the pack of Australian trucks if they were converted to right-hand drive.

                With their wide open spaces and low levels of traffic, both Canada and Australia share some of the largest road-legal trucks in the world. One popular trailer combination, the Super-B train, is found in both countries. Except for the third axle on the second trailer, this B-train is nearly identical in both countries. Although Australia does lead the world in truck length with its triple roadtrains, Canada’s turnpike doubles are essentially a double roadtrain up north.

                Although Australia and Canada are polar opposites in regards to geography, climate, and terrain, both countries do share similarities in their freight hauling industries. Not to say that a Canadian trucker could switch sides of the cab and drive on the left side of the road overnight, but the bumpers, lights, sleepers, and trailers of both countries’ trucks are quite similar. Perhaps this similarity owes itself to none other than the mother country of both, Great Britain.


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Joshua F
Posted on Jul 9, 2012
john doe
Posted on Jul 9, 2012