Arctic Trucker by Joseph Gustaitis

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In the United States, drivers need a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). To get one of these licenses, a person needs to pass a written test and a driving test. A truck driving school can help a driver prepare for the tests. S. Department of Transportation. Canada has similar requirements. Drivers looking for work often search online for companies that are hiring Arctic truckers. The website “Canadian Truckers” has names of Canadian companies that hire truck drivers. The Canadian immigration office accepts requests from non-Canadians who are looking for truck driving jobs in Canada.

29 ARCTIC TRUCKER GLOSSARY Arctic: The area of the Earth at or around the North Pole. avalanche: A sliding of a large amount of snow down the side of a mountain. blimp: An aircraft that is lighter than air and propels itself. cargo: Goods carried by a large vehicle. Cat train: A system of freight hauling that uses earthmovers built by the Caterpillar company. grader: A machine used to surface and repair roads. hovercraft: A vehicle that rides over land or water on a cushion of air. insulation: A material that is used to protect against heat or cold or to deaden sound.

North Slope: The region of Alaska that borders the Arctic Ocean. The North Slope contains the valuable Prudhoe Bay oil field. permafrost: Ground that is permanently frozen. portage: A road or path between two bodies of water. snow pole: A marker placed at the side of an Arctic highway to help the driver locate the edge of the road when the ground is covered with snow. subsoil: The layer of soil that is just below the surface. tundra: A treeless area in the Arctic where the soil is often frozen. The tundra supports low-growing plants like moss and small shrubs.

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