Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ice Road Truckers

Have you ever heard of ice road trucking? Well if not this report will tell you everything you need to know about ice road trucking. In this report it will tell you what ice road trucking is and why did ice road trucking start. Also the dangers of ice road trucking, and training you need to be an ice road trucker. Finally what life is like on the ice road its self?
Season 1- at the top of the world, there's an outpost like no other…and a job only a few would dare. The mission: To haul critical supplies across 350 miles of frozen lakes to Canada's remote billion-dollar diamond mines. The challenge: to transport 10,000 loads in 60 days—before the road disappears. The rewards are great; the risks even greater. These are the men who make their living on thin ice.

Season 2- At the top of the world, there's an outpost like no other…and a job only a few would dare. The ice men return: two titans of the southern ice roads, and two contenders. Last season they drove loaded semis on frozen lakes…this year, the Arctic Ocean. Deeper into the deep freeze. Further out on thinner ice. The new mission: to haul the heavy metal of natural gas drilling rigs up a frozen river and across ice-choked seas. Ice road truckers have come to the edge of the earth. These are the men who make their living on thin ice.

Season 3- At the top of the world, there's a job only a few would dare. Last season, the dash for the cash was fought on the smooth playing field of Canada's Arctic ice. This season, two old pros join four of America's bravest truckers to tackle the tundra's deadliest ice passage. Just when you thought extreme trucking couldn't get more dangerous, ice road truckers take on Alaska. These are the truckers who make their living on thin ice.

Well what is ice road trucking? Well it is where people drive 18-wheelers across thin ice. Hauling supplies across frozen lakes for 3 diamond mines up by Yellowknife. Also hauling heavy metal of natural gas drilling rigs up a frozen river and across ice-choked seas by Inuvik and tuktoyutuk. Finally biggest challenge of the Dolton Ice Road. At the Dolton ice road they haul heavy metal and supplies across mountains and the Artic Ocean to oil rigs up north. They haul this in winter because it can’t be flown in by airplanes or moved by airplanes because the materials are too heavy to move by air so they have to be brought in by trucks.

Ice road trucking was started because to bring supplies that are not assessable by plane year round. This only happens once only a year when the water turns to ice to haul loads across thin ice. They haul food, drinks, medical supplies and what ever else is needed to last them part of the year when boats can’t get to these places. In the winter it is cheaper to get the ice road truckers to haul it cause the cost of fuel is cheaper and it is quicker to get it trucked where boats can’t get.

The dangers of the ice road are extreme whit out conditions is a very and most dangerous part of the ice road. It is the most dangerous cause in whiteout conditions on the ice road if you hit a crake you ether wreck your truck of risk going though the ice. Another big risk is speeding on an ice road. Why speeding is bad thing on the ice road cause it creates a wave underneath the ice and if you go to fast this wave will push through the ice sending you down when you hit the hole in the ice. One other danger is the really cold weather. It can be from 10° to -50°. It can go from -10° to -50° in minutes. One final thing is that if you don’t travel in a convoy and you get lost, spin out of control, or break down there is no one to help you.

Do you want to be an ice road trucker? Well here is what you need and training to be an ice road trucker. Well first of all you need a 1A license to drive a big rig. To drive on the Yellowknife road you need a semi and a boss that is a driver. This driver is a person who manages the people that he hired to be in his convey group. He manages the entire money they make and at the end of the season gets a big check. Then he puts the money on separate checks for his employees to take home their money cannot some one else’s money. For the Inuvik and Tuktoyutuk road all you need is a 1A license, winter gear, and work gear. In Tuktoyutuk and Inuvik they give you a semi. Also in the Dolton ice road you need the same gear as you need in Tuktoyutuk and Inuvik cause they give you a semi to run on the ice road for the season. When they give you semi, which means they give you a semi to drive for the season on the ice road. Other wise you don’t need anything else that your pride and confidence to do this job only a few would dare.

Well I got one final thing to tell you and it is what life is like on the road. One thing is that you will not see at normal trucking job is bears, wildlife, and amazing scenery. You will never know you are on the ice and water is under neath you cause once you drive3 on it for a while it will fell like your driving on pavement. Ice road trucking can also be exciting in many regards. Seeing wildlife, mountains, and frozen lakes is truly breath taking. Unlike a regular truck driving job, this unique segment of the industry offers great financial satisfaction in a short period of time.
Ice road trucking is where you drive supplies in 18-wheelers across thin ice where it is not assessable by plane or boat. One of the worst dangers in ice road trucking is when you get lost in extreme white out conditions. An important thing you need to have a 1A license to drive a big rig. Another amazing thing is the scenery you get to see when you drive on the ice road. In conclusion if you like the idea of driving big rigs over a frozen lake for two months

Monday, June 7, 2010


Smoking is a bad thing, so don’t do it. Did you now there are over 4000 chemicals in one cigar. I’m just going to tell you about a few of them and what the stuff they us them in. The first chemical in a cigar is Tar the sticky substance used in paving high ways (roads) and drive ways. Next Formaldehyde this is the stuff used to preserve dead animals, like frogs for biology. Cyanide, which is also the main ingredient in rat poison. Also Lead, used in some kinds of paint. Acetone is common ingredient in paint and nail polish remover. Ammonia, it is in many house hold cleaners. Carbon monoxide common pollutant and the same stuff that escapes from car exhaust. Hydrazine stuff used in jets and rocket fuel. These are just some of the chemicals and remember there are still over 4000 chemicals in them yet
The diseases it can cause are emphysema and bronchitis. The reason kid’s pressure kids to smoke are to make them feel better and the kids they are pressuring. Also kids say if you wouldn’t fit in if you did it. In a way it is perfectly ok to say no but if you can’t say no try these words “I’m allergic to smoke or the smell makes me sick”.