New Hazmat Regulation: Drive Smart and Safe

CaptureWhenever a new hazmat rule is rolled out there’s no question that you want to make sure you’re fully up to date and in compliance.  “I didn’t know about the new rule,” isn’t an excuse that’s going to buy you a lot of leeway.  So when a new hazmat regulation came out starting on October 25, plenty of people took notice.  The language reads:

“Drivers hauling hazmat may no longer cross a highway-rail grade crossing unless there is sufficient space to drive completely through without stopping.

This rule was made in collaboration by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).  The rule change had been considered since 2011, but it was only recently that this regulation was put into effect for haulers of various toxins, hazardous materials, and other similar agents.

A need for signage

While both the National Tank Truck Carriers and American Trucking Associations prefer that appropriate signs should be added to the 21,000+ railroad crossings across the country where it’s not possible for a driver to pass through completely without stopping, the PHMSA and the FMCSA have stated that they do not have the authority for such a mandate.

The concerns have been heard

There’s been some grumbling that it’s not always easy to know ahead of time when a route is appropriate or not and that certain routes might not have appropriate detour routes especially in extremely industrial or port areas.  The good news is that officials recognize that these issues can happen and they even suggest that enforcement of the rules shouldn’t be iron clad 100% of the time, but should be enforced at discretion based on the circumstances.

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Technology can help

Another effort to help hazmat drivers obey the new rule comes in the form of a free mobile app that can be used by any iPhone or iPad.  The Federal Railroad Administration created the Rail Crossing Locator app to help provide hazmat-friendly routes to drivers, as well as a clear understanding of the grade crossings that were known. The app can locate crossings by Crossing ID, address, or geo-location. Crossings can also be identified by special characteristics. Users can also check accident history for each crossing.

 

 

 

 

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Men from US Cargo Control

We know it can be hard to find us guys a great gift…so we thought we’d help offer up a few ideas since our US Cargo Control website has a lot of items men would like to add to their “collections.”

Presenting our top five great gifts for men:

2" ratchet strap from USCargoControl.com

This 2″ x 18′ Ratchet Strap is a great all-purpose ratchet strap. With a universal wire hook end fitting, a working load limit of 3,335 lbs. and an assembly break strength of 10,000 lbs., it will hold down most anything.  This would work for strapping down ATVs, large motorcycles, even cars on a trailer.  Two straps make a great gift, but pick up four for that Dad of the Year recognition. Coming in at $12.99 each, it’s a great deal. To see more tie downs, see check out this page on our website: Ratchet straps and tie downs.

 

image of TeamStrap moving strap from USCargoControl.com

Moving straps are an ingenious invention. If the guy you are buying for ever needs to move something big and heavy, TeamStrap Furniture Moving Straps is the way to go.  A time saver, and a back saver, it’s designed to make the strong muscles of the body take the brunt of the lifting and saves the back in the process.  They are priced at a fraction of the cost of a chiropractic adjustment at just $19.95.  A couple of similar options are also available, you can see them on this page: Moving straps and mover bands.

 

2345-moving-blanket-supreme-mover-cotton-blanket-sold-ind_1_375 Staying in the moving theme – no guy should be without a few moving blankets. These can be used to move large pieces of furniture, to protect and cover items in transport – or just left in the back of the car or truck for a great last-minute cover when hunting, tailgating, etc.  These are so strong – one customer shared how he used one to move a 1200 lbs. safe across a cement floor, after the moving dolly broke.  This super strong supreme moving blanket is only $17.99, and other lighter weight options are also available here: Moving blankets and moving pads.

 

image of recovery strap / tow strap from USCargoControl.com

Always topping the list as an absolute must-have: the 2″ x 20′ recovery strap.  O.K., now we’re getting serious. Some people also call this a tow strap – either way, they are awesome and if the guys you’re buying for have a truck…they need to have one of these.  It’s mandatory to keep their man card.  These are a steal at $26.99.  If you do decide on the recovery strap…don’t forget to add a couple of shackles, he will need them to attach to the strap when pulling cars and trucks out of the ditch in the winter – or mud in the summer.

 

image of motorcycle tie downs from USCargoControl.com

If you have a motorcycle guy on your list – check out the 4 point motorcycle tie down anchor kit.  This will allow him to mount some small anchor points in his truck bed or trailer floor so hauling the motorcycle is  a breeze.  This kit comes will all the hardware to install it too – as well as four complete straps and soft loop handle bar straps.  This is a great all-inclusive kit for the guy who rides- all under $90. We’ve got more kit options, plus individual straps and other accessories on our Motorcycle tie downs page.

 

And there you have it- five great gift ideas for guys on your list. But here’s the best part- if you’re not exactly sure what you need, give our sales team a call at 866-444-9990. They’ll be more than happy to help you. Happy shopping!