Thank you Truckers for Driving Us Forward During The Coronavirus Crisis

When hard, challenging times like this occur, that is when we need to help each other and build a community.

As we continue to feel uncertainty and adapt to altered daily lives caused by Coronavirus in America, there is one thing that is for certain. Trucking companies are stepping up and making heroic efforts to keep shelves in grocery stores stocked. This includes items such as food, cleaning supplies, and other necessities.

There is no doubt that with the increased demands of supplies, truckers are still keeping pace with the evolving supply chain. Because people are adhering to COVID-19 protocols, there is less traffic on our roads and highways, creating a safer situation for truck drivers. Although the roads and highways may have less traffic, you may notice it is difficult for them to dine in many restaurants, use amenities such as workout facilities, or simply get coffee from coffee shops.

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Although our grocery stores continue to have food and products that families need, it is a result of all of our truckers who are continuously protecting our supply chain.

truck drivers during coronavirus

It’s times like these when we need to help each other and build a community. We should spread kindness to our truckers for performing critical functions to keep America forward. Some ways we can spread gratitude could be writing thank-you notes, providing free lunches, offering them cleaning supplies, or giving them a shoutout through social media.

To our truckers, thank you. Thank you for your dedication to keep American citizens safe during this time of crisis. Your selflessness in these times of crisis is truly inspiring, and not forgotten.

Looking for ways to cook fresh, delicious meals in your rig? Did you know there are 6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment That Will Make Your Life Easier?

At US Cargo Control, we care about our customers and getting them what they want, when they need it. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

4 Spring Driving Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

With spring here, this means warmer and brighter days! But, there are still some things that need to be considered during the spring season.

Driving during the winter can be a dangerous time of the year for truck drivers. Snow and ice can make the roads challenging to drive on, and we don’t always want to deal with staying warm during the wintry months. With the first few days of spring already here, this means warmer days, more sunlight, and longer days!

With winter behind us, we feel much more at ease to be driving. Although roads are not as risky as they were in the icy months, there are still things that need to be considered during the warm spring season. Prepare for the spring by reading these 4 spring driving tips!

Be Aware of Rain and Hail

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Spring showers may bring more rain, but they also bring flooding and slippery roads. Go easy on your brakes while the roads are wet because if you brake hard, your wheels may lock up quickly. Just like how you would drive and brake slowly during the icy roads, take the same approach to when it rains.

Along with rain, beware of any hail that might arrive. You might drive through some of the more common states that often get hail storms such as Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.

Refresh your Emergency Supplies

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With allergies, the flu, and now Coronavirus spreading around, stocking up on the essentials is critical for your health. Restock any items in your emergency supplies, and stock on items such as water, food and snacks, batteries, and any other items you will need in case of a storm or accident.

Be on the Lookout for Potholes

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Besides rainy days and hail storms, the other thing to watch out for is potholes. What might have been a blessing during the winter, potholes can be an issue during the spring. Through the plows, salt, and harsh weather conditions from the winter, there are potholes that can grow to impressive sizes.

It can be a pain but drive slowly or avoid the potholes as much as you can to avoid your cargo being damaged. Not only that, but you also end up avoiding any damage underneath your rig.

Be Prepared for Some Chilly Nights

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Although warmer days are coming, there are still some chilly days in regions all around the country. Don’t toss out the winter equipment you needed for the winter! Keep some winter equipment around such as a jacket, blanket, and a heater to keep you warm during those chilly days.

Got your sleep schedule mixed up with the daylight savings change? Read 5 Tips for How to Sleep Better in a Semi Truck.

At US Cargo Control, we want all truck drivers to be safe and careful during the spring season. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

8 Green Cargo Control Products for St. Patrick’s Day

Check out 8 green cargo control products we carry at US Cargo Control and find your lucky charm!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Is your favorite color green, or do you want to rep your company colors? Do you want to get something green so you can be in the pinch-free zone? You’re in luck (no pun intended) because US Cargo Control has compiled a list of 8 green cargo control equipment for St. Patrick’s Day!

We categorized each product into one of the three industries that we serve in so you can find what you are looking for quickly. Whether it’s trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, or moving equipment, check out the green products we carry in each industry.

Repping Green for Trucking

Green Ratchet Straps

US Cargo Control sells green ratchet straps

We carry ratchet straps in many sizes and styles, and they come in many colors such as blue, red, gray and more. We’re just lucky we carry them in the color green, as well in darker green and camouflage. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can always get a ratchet strap customized to your needs.

Green L Tracks

L track rail

Installing L-Tracks on your truck or trailer will give you more secure tie down points where you need them. Made from aluminum, this light, sleek product will help hold your heavy, bulky items in place while you are driving. We carry 12″ L-Track and 24″ L-Track, and these items are designed to secure motorcycles, ATVs, utility tractors, and more.

Check out the video below if you would like to learn how to install an L-Track.

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Green EasyKlip Midi

easyklip for quick release fastener

The EasyKlip grip clips are easy clips to use when you need a quick release fastener on a grommet-free fabric or plastic surface. This means you can use the clips on tarps, banners, car or motorcycle covers, canopies, and more. Each clip can hold up to 220 pounds, and we offer them in a 4-pack and 10-pack.

Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle

the greenest Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle

For anyone that uses ratchet straps, are you looking for a way to secure loads safer and smarter? Consider the Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Tightening Handle that will make your job easier by giving you three times the leverage. We offer this product in the color green, what a coincidence!

We understand this is a little different from tightening the ratchet strap yourself. We included a video for you to see how to do it in action.

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The Greenest, High-Quality Lifting Products

Green Screw Pin Anchor Shackles

van beest shackles, with the van beest green pin
Van Beest Shackles

Made in Holland, this Van Beest Screw Pin Anchor Shackle has the trademarked green pin that attaches and detaches quickly, making them perfect for temporary or non-permanent lifting jobs. If you are looking for a shackle for quick or repeated connections or releases, this is the one for you!

Green Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle

bolt type shackle or bolt shackles
Van Beest Bolt Type Bow Anchors

If you need a shackle with more of a permanent or long-term installation, the Van Beest Bolt Anchor Super Shackle will do the job for you. Also known as a Bow Shackle, these Super Shackles are 50% stronger than a standard shackle.

When you are researching bow shackles, you will notice that these shackles have a larger O-shaped look, compared to chain shackles and D shackles. The larger O-shape will allow larger slings or straps to fit easier. If there is an application that requires a smaller loop, it is recommended to use anchor shackles and chain shackles.

Green Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling

also known as an endless sling

Our versatile polyester round slings are convenient and reliable to use for delicate cargo. The Endless Polyester Round Lifting Sling has many benefits for your lifting needs, such as flexibility, durability, strength, and cost-effectiveness.

When researching whether you should invest in a polyester sling or nylon sling, read Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Green Equipment to Keep You Moving

Green Rubber Bands

large rubber bands, or known as heavy duty rubber bands

Our green, large rubber bands are perfect for securing your furniture while you are moving or storing items. Stretching to double the size, these 30″ bands are ideal for securing moving blankets, holding can liners, and keeping drawers closed. If you have multiple rubber bands and would like to keep them organized, check out our Mover Band Holder!

If you would like to learn more about the products we carry at US Cargo Control, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990 and we will be here to help you.

From Houston to Orlando, Why Are the USCC Team Traveling Everywhere?

Wondering where the USCC team is going? Read to find out!

It is tradeshow season, and our dedicated USCC team members have been traveling to several states during the past two months! The reason why we attend tradeshows every year is because we care about making connections and cultivating strong relationships. Check out some of the shows we attended recently.

Also, leave a comment below if you have attended a tradeshow this year and if you saw us and our booths!

College HUNKS Annual Reunion

CHHJ trade show

One of the industries that US Cargo Control serves in is Moving Equipment, so since we have partnered with College HUNKS as a vendor for the past six years, we sought the opportunity to go to the reunion and support one of our partners! Some of our team members attended the show in Orlando, FL, and had a blast at this event. Along with that, we gave people the opportunity to enter the chance to win custom CHHJ Nike shoes! How sweet is that?

This was a great event to talk with new and existing franchisee owners to build relationships.  This event is instrumental in visiting with many franchisee owners in one location

Carla Weeks, sales

If you would like to learn more about our moving supplies, check out our high-quality professional moving equipment that will do the job whether it is big or small.

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Symposium

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Our salespeople Adam S. and Alex L. getting ready for this event

Another event we attended this year is the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) Symposium, and what a show it was! The meeting featured over 40 companies, and brought together oversize/overweight transportation professionals and permitting officials to discuss permitting harmonization and safety concerns.

Three of our salespeople Tim, Adam, and Alex enjoyed every bit of it. If you saw them in Charlotte, NC, you might have participated in a putting challenge.

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Tim S., Adam S., and Alex L. hosting the Ping Putter Challenge

To win the putting challenge, whoever makes the hole-in-one will have a chance to win a Ping Putter. We did have a winner, and it was Ben Mayer from Great Lakes Heavy Haul! Check out the snazzy picture below:

winner of the putting challenge at the trade show booth

The Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition

TMC Trade show

In Atlanta, GA, we attended the TMC annual meeting which covers the most innovative educational sessions covering all aspects of vehicle maintenance and design. At US Cargo Control, staying on top of industry practices is important to us, and this is a great event that covers industry practices for trucking and transportation.

What Else Happened?

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Our salespeople Alex L. and Adam D. at IUOE’s training facility

Recently, two of our salespeople had the amazing opportunity to tour International Union of Operating Engineers‘ training facility. At this tour, they had the chance to see the large cranes and machinery that our products are used on up close. While we have product experts who are so knowledgeable in every product we carry here at US Cargo Control, we will always seize the change to learn more about these machines up close.

The people that operate these machines are very smart and very well trained.   Products like lifting slings, shackles, spreader bars and lifting beams, are a critically important part of every lift, and it was inspiring to me to see these cranes up close.

Alex Ledger, Sales
international union of operating engineers training facility

Where is the Next Tradeshow?

This week, our team members are going to Nashville, TN to attend the LKQ Vendor Fair. Catch us there, and maybe try to find us at a hot chicken restaurant!

Want to learn more about USCC? Check our 4 Great Reasons to Do Business with the US Cargo Control Team

If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

Lever Binders and Ratchet Binders: What are the Safety Benefits?

Are you looking for which chain binder is best for your haul? Read to learn the differences of each binder.

When researching the benefits of lever binders and ratchet binders, people often ask “what can I do with a lever binder?” or “how to use a ratchet binder?” It can be scary operating these binders because of the injury risk it may bring. Read the differences of each chain binder and how to operate them safely.

What is a Chain Binder?

A chain binder is a tool used to tighten chain to secure cargo for transport. When shopping for chain binders, there are commonly two styles: the ratchet binder and the lever binder.

How to Use Chain Binders?

Ratchet Binders

a ratchet binder, also known as a load binder chain
Ratchet Binder 5/16″ – 3/8″

A ratchet binder, or a ratchet chain binder, includes a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain in order to safely secure the load. It has a handle, two tension hooks, and a cam and prawl mechanism to create a smooth, ratcheting action.

When you are using a ratchet binder, the lever and screw will work together to increase the force applied to the tie-down assembly. This will provide the least amount of work to bind the chain tightly to secure the load. Also, its handle takes much less pulling force than you would need with a lever binder.

Lever Binders

the other type of chain binders, the lever load binder
Lever Binder 1/4″

A lever binder, or lever chain binder, is the easiest to unbind quickly to unload your cargo. The lever binder has a lever and tension hook on each end, and the lever can increase the force when applying to a tie-down.

The lever binder will require more pulling force because it stores energy in the handle. With added tension, this can make it harder to tighten because it requires more strength.

chain and binder set
Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder 5/16″ – 3/8″

The lever binder is viewed as the least safe option because of the lever’s built-up tension when you release it. Recently, we added a new type of lever binder called the Recoilless Cam Action Lever Binder. This is one of the safest lever binders on the market today. This is because its unique design eliminates the whiplash that occurs when you release the chain tension.

If you are seeking a lever binder but want to add safety to it, this is the perfect choice for you. To learn more about this new product we added, check out our blog post on New Products Alert: Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Ratchet Chain Binder.

So, Which Binder is Best for Your Haul?

Although the lever binder can unbind quickly to unload your cargo, the ratchet binder is considered the safest option. With less built-up tension, this reduces the risk of the bar snapping back on you.

At the end of the day, the chain binders are only as safe as how you are using them. If you don’t use it correctly, it will become a danger to you. If you wish to learn more about our chain binders, give our team a call so we can get you the information that you need to keep you going.

At US Cargo Control, we care about your safety. When you’re ready to use chain binders, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

5 Money-Saving Tips for Truck Drivers on the Road

Seeking money saving ideas for when you are on the road? Cut down your expenses by reading these 5 simple ways to save money.

Looking to lower your expenses when you are on the road? We get it. It can be challenging to not run out of money when you need to pay for food, gas, and showers. But, you have the ability to change that.

If you stick to a budget, you can save better and keep that hard-earned money. Read these 5 easy ways to save money when you are on the road and live comfortably.

1. Make a Budget

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In order to stick to a budget, create a budget that you can hold yourself accountable. One way you can start this is by creating an organized log so you can keep track of how much you are spending on food, gas, and tolls. Once you see how much you are purchasing daily, weekly, or monthly, you will start to notice how you can allocate budgeting for each category.

Let’s use food for example. Let’s say you plan for $200 a month for food. You can log and track how much you are spending on groceries, food when you are on the go, fuel, and such. This can determine how you can save if you are close to your monthly budget or if you are budgeting well!

2. Pack Your Meals

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Speaking of food, consider preparing your own food for the long haul. Food is the biggest expense for the truck driver, but you can budget better by meal prepping your own food. According to AOL Finance, “a meal costs $5 to $7 at a fast food restaurant, but the cost of cooking at home averages out to $1.50 to $3 per person.” You can easily save money by investing in your own meals, and eat healthier.

Not only this, you can even invest in a reusable bottle because there are gas stations that offer drink discounts. To avoid spending half your paycheck on food, check out 6 types of truck driver cooking appliances that will make your life easier. Fun fact, you can invest in a Keurig!

3. Ask about CDL Discounts and Get your Rewards

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You already have your CDL, so why not put it to good use? Chances are there will be hotels and restaurants that have CDL discounts. Flash your CDL and you might get some discounts!

Not only that, most truck stops offer rewards cards and loyalty programs. These are usually free to sign up, and you can get a lot of discounts on many things such as fuel, coffee, food, showers, and more! Take advantage of this opportunity because you can potentially save up for $1,000-$3,000 per year.

4. Use the Free Wifi

good ways to save money is using the wifi in places that offer them
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Eliminate using so much data on your phone, and use the free Wifi that many public places are offering. It is getting more common to have free Wifi in more places like truck stops, coffee places, and restaurants. Don’t be shy to ask for the Wifi password, and use the free service so you can stay for a while!

5. Cut Down on Laundry

simple ways to save money is cutting down on laundry
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Unfortunately, laundry isn’t cheap on the road as it can take a toll on your wallet. Cut down on laundry expenses by packing more clean clothes so you do not have to use the laundromat multiple times a week. If you pack more clothes, you can have the option to wash all your clothes at once.

At US Cargo Control, we appreciate all the work truck drivers do. We know it’s not easy, but we thank you for continuing to drive America forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068.

Valentine’s Day Edition: US Cargo Control Products We Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we couldn’t hold back on sharing the love for our products. Read some of our top picks from dedicated experts and customers.

Check out some of our top staff picks

When you’re working with all of our products day in and day out, it’s hard not to have some favorites! From trucking and transportation, lifting and rigging, and moving equipment, there are hundreds of quality products to depend on for your individual needs. If you ask our USCC team members what are their favorite cargo items, they will tell you without hesitance.

In dedication to Valentine’s Day coming up, check out some of our top picks from our dedicated product experts and customers.

Single Leg Chain Sling w/ Sling Hook – Grade 100

crosby chain slings
9/32″ x 3′ – Single Leg Chain Sling w/ Sling Hook – Grade 100

If you need a lifting application where extra strength is required, this is the perfect choice for you! These chain slings come in different sizes, they are manufactured with grade 100, and its hooks are approved for overhead lifting. If it’s manufactured in grade 100, this means it is 25% more superior that grade 80 chain sling. Go above and beyond with a reliable chain sling that is durable and provides superior strength for your lifting needs!

“If you are looking for a good quality product to take care of your lifting needs, this is it! Our chain slings are made right here in Urbana, Iowa, right in the heart of the Midwest. We will make sure to get you a top-quality product on time!”

Jon W., Sales Rep

Moving Blankets – Supreme Mover

moving blankets can also be packing blankets
Moving Blankets- Supreme Mover 12-Pack, 90-95 lbs./dozen

Start moving like a pro with our Supreme Mover moving blankets! Also known as furniture covers, these are a beneficial tool to use to prevent damage and abrasion to your valuables.  Along with that, the rugged construction and superior level of padding make these moving pads a top choice for moving companies, furniture movers, and those who intend to reuse these blankets.  And guess what? It’s machine washable!

The MBSUPREME95-12PK is one of the heaviest and best quality moving pads on the market to protect your valuables from damages.  This pad is made to last and can be machine washed and hung to dry for even more long-term use. This pad is perfect the movers who require the best protection when moving

Carla, Sales Rep

Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit

Grade 70 3/8″ x 20′ Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit

Seeking a dependable tool to secure your load while you are driving for the long haul? Look into the Chain-Ratchet Binder Kit, our next product. These are great to use for flatbed trailers to ensure your load will stay through heavy winds and tough weather.

These chain binders utilize a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain and secure its load. Not only that, the forged steel handle offers maximum leverage, while the cam and pawl design allow for easier and faster securement. Transport chains and ratchet binders are great, and even better when they are in a kit.

Chain and binders are a flatbed essential. I love this combo as they work great together and will properly secure your load.

Jon L., Sales Rep

E Track Ratchet Straps

2″ x 16′ Gray E Track Ratchet Straps

Our Ratchet Straps are perfect for your tie down solutions. We have thousands of straps for many different uses and styles, and we will never have limited options. Tie down straps are perfect to use for whatever you need to stably secure your loads, and we have many sizes for your needs.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, then you have the ability to custom make your own ratchet straps! Just call one of our sales specialists at 866-444-9990 and we will be ready to answer your calls.

Our 5316SEF-GRY is a great option for trailers and trucks equipped with E-Track.  The fittings on each end securely lock into the track and the strap can be ratcheted tight to secure the load.”

Tim S., Sales Rep

What customers had to say about their favorite products:

36″ Extra Large Rubber Bands, 1 Dozen

extra large rubber moving band
36″ Extra Large Rubber Bands, 1 Dozen

If you’re looking to hold down the moving blanket that is covering your valuables, don’t forget to look into our moving rubber bands. These mover bands are great for securing moving pads, and they are highly durable and sturdy to use because of their heavy-duty design. They safely stretch to approximately double the size, and are the perfect accessory to use for your moving needs!  

“I have purchased every size of the moving rubber bands and they work awesome. I highly recommend them. We used to go through four 1500 foot 20″ rolls of shrink wrap monthly. Ever since we started using the various sizes of moving rubber bands, we only use one roll of shrink wrap per month now.”

Shawn

8″ Horizontal Galvanized E Track

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8″ Horizontal Galvanized E Track

E Tracks are a great choice for those who own trailers and enclosed trailers. They are simple to install in your trailer and will allow for quick and easy securement using our shoring beams. Not only that, the E track will promote load safety, so you will never worry about damaging your load. This galvanized E Track is made of strength, has a galvanized finish with a surface chemical treatment to withstand corrosion, and will keep your heavy items in check.

Great product made in USA. The customer service is excellent. Highly recommend this E track. It was well packed and shipped fast!

Gary

At US Cargo Control, we are your source for equipment for hauling, rigging, moving, towing and lifting all kinds of cargo. Whatever you need, we can help you find the product that you need to keep moving forward. Give us a call at 866-444-9990 and we will be there to help you.

The Biggest Cargo Net The Manufacturing Team Created Thus Far!

Did you know our Manufacturing team received the biggest cargo net order recently? Read to learn more!

What is this Giant Cargo Net?

Like many companies, manufacturing is the backbone of USCC. Just last week, our dedicated, hard-working Manufacturing team created their biggest cargo net yet. Without them, we would have not fulfilled this gigantic and unique order!

This giant cargo net comes in at a whopping 60′ x 80′, and it only took about a week for our team to create this product to life. This heavy duty cargo net could not even fit in our tarp area that is a 60′ x 40′ area. That is one huge net!

did you know our nets can be used for truck bed cargo net?

60 Feet by 80 Feet? How Did They Create This Large Cargo Net?

The team took on the project with a high level of enthusiasm and commitment, and we know it wasn’t easy. There were small-detailed tasks that they had to perform such as tacking the nets with a hot iron and sewing 3,300 individual tasks. To finally complete the tacking task, they must inspect each tack.

can also be used as truck cargo net

Way to Go Manufacturing Team!

We at US Cargo Control are proud of all the work each person did to create this product. The special thing about our Manufacturing team is they can create any custom product for you, such as ratchet straps, tarps, netting, lifting slings, and more! Without manufacturing, we wouldn’t be able to provide our customers with the custom solutions they need.

Check out more behind-the-scenes shots of the Manufacturing team while they were working on the net!

the team working on the large cargo net
Continual progress of the net
the process of tacking the net
The process of tacking
the complete product of the 60'x80' net
The completed giant cargo net
Packaging the large cargo net to ship it off!

Whatever you need, we got you. You can count on us to get you what you want, when you need it, so continue to keep placing your orders and our Manufacturing team will keep the quality products going.

Want to learn more about the cargo nets we carry and can custom make? Read the 4 Types of Cargo Control Nets and Their Different Applications.

If you have any questions about our Custom Cargo Nets or any of our custom products, give our team of experts a call at 800-404-7068

6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment That Will Make Your Life Easier

Stop wasting money on fast food. Read these tips that will make your life easier and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Did you know there are several cooking appliances you can use when driving for the long haul?

When eating on the road, truckers have an unlimited amount of restaurants to eat. This may be an easy solution, but those places aren’t always the healthiest or the most cost-effective when looking for balanced meals. Luckily, you have the choice to not live off of unhealthy snacks or fast food!

One thing you can do to avoid spending half of your paycheck is investing in truck-driving cooking equipment! Truckers can choose a variety of devices and appliances to cook fresh, hot meals right in their rigs. Read these few cooking pieces of equipment that every truck driver should consider investing in when driving on the road.

CrockPot

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If you invest in a crockpot, this appliance will have the ability to make plenty of meals on the road! You can make stew, soups, barbeque, pork chops, and more. When looking for a crockpot, look for one that runs from the cigarette lighter or a regularly-powered slow cooker if you have outlets in your truck.

To hold it together while you are driving, make sure to buy one with a cord for the lid. As the cord hooks under the handle, this can keep the lid down.

Check out fun pork slow-cooker recipes that are perfect for any season!

Mini-Fridge

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Having a fridge can provide a ton of options, and is great for storing fresh or frozen food. Not only can it make your meat, vegetables, and fruit last longer, but you can even store your cold drinks! The perk? You don’t have to continuously buy more drinks during truck stops and breaks.

The other perk about a mini-fridge? These fridges don’t require much space in your truck.

Microwave

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Investing in a microwave will be a more heavily relied appliance, and can save you a lot of money. You can use a microwave to reheat food quickly that you cooked or bought, or heat up frozen food. Having a microwave can even provide you a quick lunch or dinner when you’re in a hurry to get to the shipper.

Blender

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Bet you didn’t see that one coming. If you have the space for a blender, this can be a really unique appliance for you to have! This can step up the healthfulness of your road diet. You cut down prep time, and you have the ability to create smoothies or protein shakes.

Tip: With a freezer, you can prepackage and store smoothie ingredients.

Portable Stove

What Truck Driver Cooking Equipment Do You Need?
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When deciding whether to buy the microwave or a portable stove, you can’t go wrong with either appliance. A portable stove can create many different types of delicious meals and bring food back to life. Also viewed as a lunchbox stove, you can use it to heat up leftovers, canned food, or cook frozen food.

Keurig

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Need a quick cup of joe when you wake up? Want a cup of hot chocolate before you go to sleep? Coffee or hot chocolate is not your cup of tea? With a Keurig, you can make coffee, hot chocolate, and tea! There are a variety of pods that you can grab at a grocery store or purchase online. Just turn on the machine, pop a pod in, press start, and your drink will be ready in seconds!

To Plan Ahead

With these appliances, you will have a lot of options for your meals. Whatever appliances you decide to keep in your rig, you can create a plan for meals and snacks a few days before your trip. After going to the grocery store, you can pack your meals and package things to make the most out of your space. Cooking can keep you away from the drive-thru, save you money, and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Looking for activities to do when you’re on the road? Read 5 Fun Things for Truck Drivers to Do When on the Road

Struggling to stay awake at night when the days are shorter? Learn 4 Important Nighttime Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

At US Cargo Control, we want all truck drivers to be safe. You continue to drive America’s economy, and we appreciate all the hard work you are doing to move us forward.

3 Winter Truck Driving Tips: How to Protect your Rig from Salt and Grime

Learn how to fight salt and grime during these salty winter months.

As it continues to snow this time of the year, we worry about our vehicles when we drive through salt and grime. Not only is driving in the snow treacherous, but the salt used to melt ice on the roads can do a number on your rig. The paint job can come off and it will cause your truck to rust. This is a pain to deal with, but something that can be preventative.

To ensure the salt and grime don’t ruin your truck during these salty winter months, read these few easy steps.

1. Stay Clean

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If you often drive in wintry conditions, a truck wash every one to two weeks can prevent salt from ruining the paint. You can hand wash or pressure wash your truck yourself, just like what you would do with your personal vehicle. If you are not feeling like washing it yourself, another option is to go through a truck wash. As long as you do one of these, the paint of your truck will never chip off!

Fun Fact: Make sure to rinse the wheels, its rims and under the chassis. if you do not do this, the salt will become an accelerant for oxidation and rusting.

2. Wax your Truck

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After the truck is washed and dried, it’s good to put a coat of wax on it. Waxing creates a protective barrier for your truck that can prevent salt and grime from accumulating in the first place. The best time to wax your truck is before winter starts, but you can still wax your vehicle after giving it a thorough cleaning.

3. Get the Snow and Ice off of the Top of your Trailer

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This is not a tip that can get salt and grime off your truck, but rather a safety tip to protect drivers around you and yourself. Unfortunately, snow and ice slipping from the top of your trailer can potentially injure a person when they are driving behind you. The snow and ice can actually fall off and hit the driver.

This is something you’d want to avoid as you can get fined from some states. To prevent this from happening, make sure to get the snow off of your trailer before you start driving.

Tip: If you need to get it off quickly yourself, invest in a broom or extended brush. These items will do the job well.

Need more winter driving tips? Check out 4 Important Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

At US Cargo Control, we want all truck drivers to be safe during the winter season. Let us know if we can help provide you with the vehicle safety supplies or tires chains you need to keep on hauling!

New Products Alert: Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Ratchet Chain Binder

The Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder are now available at US Cargo Control

The Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder and Heavy-Duty Ratchet Chain Binder are now available on the USCC website!

You can now purchase the Recoil-Less Cam Action Lever Binder in a single quantity or 5-pack, and the Heavy-Duty Ratchet Chain Binder in a single quantity or 4-pack from US Cargo Control. And get this, we are offering a 10% discount for these products from now until January 19th!

The price will be automatically discounted at checkout, so no promotion code is required. Get yours now!

What is a Chain Binder?

A chain binder is a tool used to tighten chain to secure cargo to a trailer for transport. When shopping for chain binders, there are commonly two styles: the ratchet binder and the lever binder.

Recoil-less Cam Action Lever Binder 5/16″ – 3/8″

Lever chain binder
Lever binder lock

This is the first recoil-less cam action lever binder we offer, and this binder is one of the safest lever binders on the market today. Known as a recoil-less safety lever binder, it features a center cam that can rotate freely of the end hooks and its unique design eliminates the whiplash that occurs when the chain tension is released. This allows the lever binder to use leverage to tighten the chain and secure cargo.

The other standard lever-type binders present a safety concern because when you release the binder, it often kicks back and makes it dangerous for your cargo and you. Unlike this recoil-less lever binder, the 360-degree swivel motion handle is super quick, easy to operate, and requires no tools.

Lever type load binder
Load binder

Our lever load binder has a working load limit of 6,600 pounds, compared to standard lever binders’ working load limit of 5,400 pounds. When using this, use our transport chains:

5/16″ Grade 70 Transport Chain

3/8″ Grade 70 Transport Chain

5/16″ Grade 80 Transport Chain

Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder

Heavy duty chain binder
load binder chain

Our Heavy Duty Ratchet Chain Binder is built for durability and maximum strength. These chain binders utilize a ratcheting mechanism to create tension in the chain and secure its load. The forged steel handle offers maximum leverage, while the cam and pawl design allows for easier and faster securement.

It features a ratchet handle and two tension hooks on each end. The ratchet chain binder comes in sizes 5/16″ and 3/8″ and a working load limit of 6,600 pounds. When looking for chains, use the heavy-duty ratchet chain binder with 5/16″ Grade 70 Transport Chain or 3/8″ Grade 70 Transport Chain.

What is the Difference between Grades of Chains?

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When you’re ready to secure your cargo load with chain binders, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

4 Types of Cargo Control Nets and Their Different Applications

Netting can have many different uses including personnel safety, containing debris, or transporting cargo – but having the right net for your application is crucial.

Debris Netting, Personnel Safety Netting, Lifting Netting, & Pickup Truck Netting.

Netting can have many different uses including personnel safety, containing debris, or transporting cargo – but having the right net for your application is crucial. Not only will you prevent damage with the proper net, but you will also provide safety for yourself and others. Whether used at construction sites, transportation projects, or for a weekend project, nets will protect workers, pedestrians, vehicles, and nearby property.

At US Cargo Control, we carry and customize 4 types of cargo nets: Scaffold & Debris Nets, Personnel Safety Nets, Lifting Nets, and Truck Loading Nets. Read on below to learn more about these nets.

FUN FACT: OUR MANUFACTURING TEAM CAN CUSTOM MAKE NETTING TO MATCH YOUR SPECIFIC, INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

1. Scaffold and Debris Nets

Made of polypropylene, scaffold and debris nets are commonly used in the agriculture and construction industries. These nets offer protection for both workers and individuals around the building site, as well as other properties. Scaffold nets reduce the risk of accidents, improve productivity, and shortens cleanup time.

You can also use these nets as bridge debris netting, which surrounds a bridge while undergoing work to protect pedestrians, workers, vehicles and other properties from falling debris. This net is especially ideal for situations where debris may fall into rivers and streams. A durable, economical and eco-friendly net, the net makes clean up safer and minimize liabilities.

2. Personnel Safety Nets

Manufactured in a knotted nylon twine, personnel safety nets can be used for any type of construction such as building and bridge construction, tunnel construction, and highway overpass construction. The netting consists of attachment hooks and a high-tenacity polyamide fiber for a strong end-product with plenty of durability and efficiency. These nets provide not just on-the-job safety, but also protect nearby property and prevent loss of time and job site materials.

3. Lifting Nets

Lifting nets are excellent to use for lifting a variety of cargo that’s either heavy and/or an awkward shape, or any cargo that is difficult to accommodate with traditional webbing lifting slings. It is manufactured in high-tenacity polypropylene fiber which is considered “knotless” due to the unique knitting construction.

Our lifting nets are also designed with a nylon peripheral rope for each of the four loops to create a balanced support system. The net encloses around the cargo, providing securement and balanced lifting, without adding excessive weight like a chain sling or lifting beam often can.

4. Pickup Truck Cargo Nets

Pickup truck cargo nets are a quick and easy way to secure your load while on the road. We offer cargo nets that are designed for shorter bed pickup trucks and ones for long-bed pickup trucks. To provide the best quality with the best security for your load, both nets come with S-hooks and cam buckles for quick attachment and securement.

In addition, each strap of the cargo net is attached with a 5k D-ring, so you will never have to worry about damaging or losing your cargo.

Read more on 3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

Want a Sneak Peek on How we Make Custom Cargo Nets?

Curious about how our manufacturing team creates these custom nets? Watch the video below to learn how we work to turn your custom specifications into a one-of-a-kind cargo net that meets your needs.

We have a team that is dedicated to making sure our customers get the quality products they need. If you wish to learn more about the nets we carry and create, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at (866) 444-9990.