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2016 Tax Deductions for Truck Drivers in the Trucking Industry

It’s tax time for truck drivers and every other worker in the United States. Because tax guidelines change year to year we’ve compiled a quick list of 2016 tax deductions available to truck drivers. This is not a complete list of tax guidelines, but a starting point, and a reminder of what may be deductible. […]

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5 Tips for Hunting with Your Portable Tree Stand

Whether hunting with a bow or firearm, utilizing a portable tree stand is a popular way to gain an elevated view of approaching game and ensure your scent is not easily detected down below. However, tree stands can result in serious injury without preparation, the appropriate tree stand accessories and proper installation procedures. Add the essential […]

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US Cargo Control Employees Experience Hands-On Training

Sixty employees of US Cargo Control were recently treated to a Continuing Education opportunity at their offices in Urbana, IA. Instructors from nearby Kirkwood Community College’s Professional Truck Driving program led four separate two-hour training sessions featuring hands-on experience with a variety of tools and equipment drivers use to secure cargo on a flatbed trailer. Freddie […]

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Moving Quick Tips

Moving is never easy, but having the right products and knowing some quick tips can make it go as smooth as possible. Have a tip to share? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook page: US Cargo Control Facebook. 1.) Maximize how you use moving blankets Moving blankets, or pads, […]

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8 Uses for Burlap Moving Blankets

As one of the newer types of moving pads on the market,  burlap moving blankets are becoming more and more popular thanks to the wide-ranging versatility that comes from combining two different fabrics in one blanket. While moving blankets come in a wide range of quality levels – from a simple moving skin to the thick, high […]

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New Guy Wire and Tower Erector Products Assisting Customers in the Field

The addition of new guy wire and other Tower Erector Products is helping US Cargo Control customers in the Tower Erection field find the quality tower supplies they need, when they need them. The company added several new products including 1×19 galvanized guy strand (EHS) and X7 galvanized guy strand (EHS), big grip dead ends, and end […]

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What are Frost Laws?

With the spring thaw comes talk of “Frost Laws” in our Northern states. But exactly what is the Frost Law? Also known simply as “Seasonal Weight Restrictions,” Frost Laws are restrictions on speed and/or weight limits on roads that are sensitive to weakening during a spring thaw. States and localities can impose jurisdiction as needed […]

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Temperature Ratings for Chain Slings

Although extremely strong, chain can still be negatively affected when exposed to temperature extremes. The acceptable temperature range will vary depending on the grade of the chain and will also vary in reduction of Working Load Limit (WLL). See the chart below from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) regarding standard B30.9-2014  and reduction in […]

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2015 Tax Deductions for Truck Drivers

Tax time is upon us again, so we’ve put together a quick guide of tax deductions for truck drivers in 2015.  Please keep in mind this is not a full, comprehensive list, but a great starting point and a reminder to look into items you may not think are deductible. Most tax deductions for truck drivers […]

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What is a Snatch Block?

A common question we hear is what is the difference between a snatch block and other types of blocks and pulleys? All of the items we sell in the Snatch Blocks & Wire Rope Pulleys category can be called blocks or wire rope pulleys, but snatch block refers to a particular type of block. A […]

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Hours of Service Exemption: Adverse Driving Conditions

We all know winter weather can make driving hazardous, but for truck drivers it can also affect Hours of Service regulations (HOS) set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Extreme weather and adverse road conditions can require extra road time, make parking difficult, etc., all of which can result in a driver exceeding […]

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Cargo Webbing: What’s the Difference Between Nylon and Polyester?

Cargo webbing is used for a variety of tie downs, cargo nets, seat belts, etc., but there’s a difference in the fabrication of the webbing. Polyester webbing and nylon webbing are the two major categories, along with another polyester fabric webbing that’s known in the industry as seatbelt webbing. While all three may seem similar, […]

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