7 Coolest Gas Stations in the World That Are Worth Fueling Up

From retro to modern, check out the coolest spots to fill up!

When you’re traveling for hours, the last thing you expect to see is aesthetically beautiful gas stations because they’re meant to be a place to stop somewhere, not part of your journey. Across the world, there are unique gas stations that are almost like roadside novelties that make you want to snap some pictures. From retro to modern, read some of the most eye-popping service stations that are worth fueling up for.

Hollow Mountain Gas Station – Hanksville, Utah

Hollow Mountain Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

Yup, you guessed right, it is literally a gas station inside a mountain! This was carved out of a mountain and now it’s a convenience store with gas pumps in Southern Utah. People who’ve visited said that you can see the mountain when you go to the restrooms.

Pro Tip: if you’re going to Capitol Reef or Bullfrog Lake Powell, this is one historic gas station you must stop and see!

Pops 66 – Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops 66 Gas Station and Restaurant
Photo Courtesy: Library of Congress

What would you do if you drove by a brightly-colored 66-foot soda bottle? If you are passing through Arcadia, Oklahoma, stop at Pops 66 for gas, to dine in at their restaurant, and to choose among 700 different types of soda! From their website, you get to browse POPS™ signature collection of soda, sparkling water, and other refreshing drinks.

Pro Tip: drive by at night for the best view.

Chevron Floating Station – Vancouver, Canada

Chevron floating gas station - cool gas station
Photo Courtesy: Adobe Stock

As you can tell from the picture, it’d be pretty challenging to pull up your truck to fill up gas. Good thing it’s only for marine use! This isn’t necessarily a pretty gas station, but can you imagine the scenic views there would be in Vancouver, Canada while filling up gas for the boat?

Helios House – Los Angelos, California

Helios House Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

This eco-friendly gas station is the first LEED-certified gas station with 90 solar panels, and worth checking out for its eccentric design. The architecture is stunning from all angles, but the best part is the sustainable materials used for this building.

If you love sustainability, then you’ll love hearing these facts. The stainless steel design was constructed using salvaged materials from the former gas station, and the concrete pavement is mixed with recycled glass, reducing the amount of heat absorption. Along with that, the roof collects rainwater that helps reduces the building’s need for heating and cooling, and cuts energy consumption by 16%!

Jack Colker’s Union 76 Gas Station – Beverly Hills, California

Jack Colker's Union 76 Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr

If you love futuristic or geometric architecture like the previous example, you must check out this Union 76 gas station. Nestled between Little Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive, architect Gin Wong built this as part of the city’s airport before changing gear to become a service station. Now, you can stop by for gas and a car wash, and it’s a favorite among drivers when the fluorescent lights turn on at night!

Alzu Petroport – South Africa

Courtesy: Alzu Petroport

What would be the last thing you’d see at a gas station? If you said rhinoceros, buffalos, and ostriches, you would be correct except there is one station that does that in South Africa! There is a gas station where locals, tourists, and truckers can not just fill up gas, but also watch behind an enclosure the exotic animals in their habitats.

It’s known to be a “quick stop” everyone should not miss.

Iowa 80 Truck Stop – Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 truckstop gas station

We couldn’t complete the list without mentioning Iowa 80 Truck Stop as US Cargo Control is based in Iowa! Known as a trucker’s Disneyland, this is the world’s largest truckstop with everything you can imagine.

You’re not stopping just for gas, you’re welcomed with amenities like laundry facilities, a workout room, a movie theater, a barbershop, dog wash station, dentist, a full-service truck center, a 300-seat restaurant, and a large food court. They even host an annual event called Truckers Jamboree that truckers (and even us) love to attend for the concerts, cookouts, carnival games, and more!

If you want to attend this year, mark your calendar and learn more about the 2021 Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

Vintage Gas Stations You Must Check Out!

Although these gas stations aren’t in service anymore, these vintage gas stations are historic attractions worth checking out:

Vintage Teapot Dome Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Teapot Dome Gas Station is located in Zillah, Washington, represents the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s.
Vintage AIrplane Service Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Airplane Service Station was built by brothers Elmer and Henry Nickle to have a visually unique service station.
Original Shell Station Vintage Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Original Shell Station is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, built in the 1920s and this design is the last one standing.
Hat n'Boots Gas Station - Vintage Gas Station
Photo Courtesy: Flickr.
The Hat n’Boots Station is located in Seattle, Washington, and is restored and moved to the city’s Oxbow Park.

Are There Other Unique Gas Stations That Should Be on the List?

Did we miss any other quirky, remarkable gas stations? Have you been to any one of these gas stations? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to know about your awesome experiences!

US Cargo Control is your source for equipment for hauling, rigging, moving, towing, and lifting all kinds of cargo. If you have any questions, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

Heads Up! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2021 is Approaching

Read how to prepare for the two main inspection categories of the North American Standard Level I Inspection.

Every year, CVSA hosts its Annual International Roadcheck, which is the largest enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. The roadcheck runs during a 72-hour period with about 15 trucks or buses inspected every minute across the United States, as well as vehicles being inspected in Canada and Mexico.

This year’s International Roadcheck will happen on May 4th-6th with a focus on inspecting trucks’ lighting devices and the drivers’ hours of service. Continue reading the importance of the International Roadcheck, and what the inspection will be.

The Importance of CVSA’s International Roadcheck

CVSA roadcheck official inspects truck for violations

The International Roadcheck occurs every year to increase the awareness and importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are the inspectors making sure that your vehicle is safe to drive, but they’re also making sure you and other drivers are safe as well. The dates are shared in advance to prepare motor carriers and drivers and to be aware of proactive vehicle maintenance and readiness.

CVSA’s President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police states that the International Roadcheck “aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”

This year, the inspection will focus on two categories. For the driver portion, inspectors will focus on the hours of service and the lighting devices during the vehicle portion.

What Will the Inspection Be?

The Vehicle Portion

The inspectors are paying close attention to your truck’s lighting devices to ensure they are operating well. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “the lighting violation ‘lamps inoperable’ was the number one vehicle violation in 2020 – which accounted for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year.”

Lighting devices include:

  • Headlamps
  • Tail Lamps
  • Clearance Lamps
  • Identification Lamps
  • License Plate and Side Marker Lamps
  • Stop Lamps
  • Turn Signals and Lamps on Projecting Loads

Along with the importance of your truck’s lighting, they will be checking the components of your truck to ensure everything looks good to go. Components include:

  • Brake Systems
  • Cargo Securement
  • Coupling Devices
  • Driveline/Driveshaft Components
  • Driver’s Seat
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel Systems
  • Lightning Devices
  • Steering Mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Van and Open-Top Trailer Bodies
  • Wheels
  • Rims
  • Hubs and Windshield Wipers are Complaint

Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans, and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

The Driver Portion

During the driver portion, they will be examining you, your driving requirements, and hours of service documentation. The hours of service documentation is critical this year to ensure hours are regulated well so drivers have rest time between driving shifts. Hours of service was the number one driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.

Inspectors will also check your operating credentials, seat belt usage, and alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If you pass the vehicle and driver portions of the inspection, you will receive a CVSA decal.

International Roadcheck CVSA sticker 2021

Download the PDF to learn more about the driver’s and vehicle’s requirements.

What Happens if You Don’t Meet the Requirements?

Unfortunately, if there are any violations during the vehicle and driver portions, you and/or your truck will place out-of-service. When this happens, you and the vehicle cannot operate until the identified out-of-service conditions are correct.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Just the same as last year, the law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during the 2021 International Roadcheck.

In addition, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, inspectors will do their best effort to allow vaccine shipments to arrive to their destination, quickly and safely. COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not be held up for inspection unless there is an obvious serious violation.

Cargo Securement as a Frequent Vehicle Violation

load securement for CVSA international roadcheck

Last year, more than 15,000 trucks were placed out-of-service in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Cargo securement was one of the top five violations, where 1,586 drivers were placed out-of-service. We have some tips for you to safely secure your load so you can avoid this violation this year:

  • Always keeping multiple pieces of cargo tight together in the center of the trailer to prevent load shifting.
  • Making sure to have the appropriate number of tiedowns and that they are correctly used to prevent the cargo from moving forward, rearward, or laterally.
  • Always knowing the weight of the load to ensure you have the right number of tiedowns.
  • Inspecting tiedowns prior to each use and remove from service any tiedowns that are frayed, cut, damaged, knotted, etc.
  • Making sure web tiedowns are properly tagged with WLL in lbs. and kgs.
  • Making sure chain and binders have grade markings, WLL, or Breaking Strength.
  • Using edge protection like corner protectors to prevent cutting, abrasion, and premature wear from sharp or abrasive surfaces.

We carry trucking and transportation equipment so you can secure your cargo without any worries. You can shop by trailer type, which we have enclosed trailer accessories and flatbed trailer equipment that has everything you need to outfit your truck.

Learn more about load securement:

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength, and Safety Factor: What Do They Mean?

How Many Tiedowns Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

Truck Drivers, thank you for moving us forward. If you have any questions about the products we carry, give our team of experts a call at 866-444-9990.

How US Cargo Control Creates High-Quality Custom Cargo Nets

Get an inside scoop of how our Cargo Net experts create quality cargo nets.

When you receive custom cargo nets from US Cargo Control, you can be rest assured they are made with quality in mind. A strong, tough net can make a difficult job easier and is useful when transporting items like moving couches across town, wine crates across states, and heavy cargo across the nation.

This product can secure items to prevent them from shifting, allowing you to continue with your day with no worries. Heavy-duty custom cargo nets are one of our specialties, and we can design the perfect net for your job. We sat down with one of our experts, Jamie Noe, to learn how the Cargo Net team creates high-quality cargo nets.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse of what cargo nets are:

How to Get Started with a Custom Cargo Net?

The process is simple. If you know what you’re looking for in a cargo net, you can fill out our form and request a quote on our website. If you’re not sure what you need, you can give our team a call at 888-794-1319 and we’ll make it smooth as possible.

As you go over the specifications with one of our teammates, we’ll review the requirements and provide you with an accurate quote. We’ll go over the different styles that you can choose such as webbing, color, dimensions, hole sizes, and hardware. We’ll also sketch a grid drawing to check if the dimensions are accurate.

After we review the overall purpose of your net, its selected styles, and its dimensions, we send the information to our cargo net experts.

What If My Custom Cargo Net’s Specifications Don’t Work?

Don’t worry, our team will make sure every detail is correct. The team will input the whole size, webbing, and additional information to confirm specifications. After that, we pass the information over to the Manufacturing team to create the most successful cargo net for you.

Read below the styles that will be presented to you to choose. In addition to that, you will have the opportunity to include any additional information during the phone call or when you fill the form out.

Webbing Width:

  • 1 Inch (4500 lbs)
  • 2 Inch (6000 lbs)
  • 2 Inch (12000 lbs)

Types of Hardware:

  • Plastic Snap
  • Ratchet & Cam Buckles
  • E-Tracks and L-Tracks Fittings
  • S-Hooks

Hole Size (inches):

  • 4 x 4
  • 6 x 6
  • 8 x 8
  • 10 x 10
  • 12 x 12

Net dimensions:

  • Net Height
  • Net Length
  • Overall Height
  • Overall Length
  • Hole Size
  • Hardware

Choose Any Color:

options for cargo net colors

The Process of Creating the Perfect Customized Cargo Net

When the form is complete and given to the Cargo Net team, one of our experts will have 24 hours to create a spreadsheet and find the hardware. They connect with our production planner to identify parts that we can pull from our warehouse. Once the hardware is in the team’s hands, it’s time to start production!

How the Webbing Design Works

Cargo Net weaving process

Each custom net is hand-made by working the webbing and using sewing machines to perform precise stitch work. The layout process involves weaving the webbing in an over and under technique. It’s not just for looks, but we believe it will provide more strength at each cross-section. By performing the weaved appearance, our nets will look like and have better quality.

During the weaving process, this is how the hole sizes are created from the spreadsheet. Once the webbing is linked, this sets up the strength that you will need to secure your items.

Keep in mind that the different webbing listed in the form has different break strengths. The 1-inch’s strength is 4,500 lbs, and you can choose one of the 2-inch webbing that has a strength of 6,000 lbs or 12,000 lbs.

Then when complete, they are to be packaged and shipped to you. The Cargo Net team will perform quality checks and make sure everything is correct and complete before it’s shipped.

Cargo Net Uses

Even though our heavy-duty custom cargo nets can secure cargo, you can utilize them for other purposes! We’ve created cargo nets for fire stations where firefighters use the nets to hold their hoses, as part of obstacle courses, and for businesses to secure their wine crates for transportation. Check out some creative and unexpected examples below:

deciding which cargo net is best for your truck with customer reviews and video

Known as pickup truck cargo nets that you can secure your items inside the bed. Check out the truck cargo nets we carry.

Use as climbing walls for obstacle courses. These can be utilized for military bases, marathons, paintball activities, and more.

guy climbing on us cargo control's truck cargo net
Photo Courtesy: OCR Nation
large custom cargo net to hold wine crates
Photo Courtesy: Southern Glazer

Or, as we mentioned earlier, use cargo nets to safely secure your crates of wine!

Why not get creative with your climbing wall? Check out Soldier Rush using blue and red webbing for their climbing wall for their races.

different colors of webbing for cargo net climbing wall
Photo Courtesy: Soldier Rush

Getting You What You Want, When You Need It

Cargo nets are known to secure cargo for truckers who have enclosed trailers, but the options are limitless. It’s a versatile tool that you can implement in many ways and you can trust US Cargo Control to get you the high-quality customized cargo net that you deserve.

Not only do we specialize in nets, but we also create custom chain slings, nylon slings, tiedown straps, tarps, and more. Keep placing your orders at US Cargo Control, and our dedicated manufacturing team will keep the quality products coming.

Learn more about cargo nets and some nets we have created for customers!

4 Different Types of Cargo Control Nets and Their Different Applications

3 Popular Heavy-Duty Cargo Nets for Pickup Truck Beds

The Biggest Cargo Net the Manufacturing Team Created Thus Far

Custom Cargo Net Created for a Marching Band

Our team looks forward to getting you the quality products you deserve. If you wish to learn more about our nets, head over to US Cargo Control or give our team a call at 800-969-6543.

How to Use E-Tracks, How to Install Them, and What to Use Them For

Safely secure cargo with heavy-duty E-Tracks that get the job done.

Remember when you were transporting items inside your enclosed trailer or van, and no matter how well you secured them, they still managed to move around? What must be even more frustrating is that this situation can, unfortunately, create a disorderly mess and damage the items themselves. You wonder if there is a solution to preventing this mess during your next trip.

There is a solution, and it’s E-Tracks.

Source: US Cargo Control

E-Track is a system of mounted steel rails with small slots in them. It is a very industrial product that is heavy, powerful and is common for trailers and vans. Not only that, it is the industry standard for cargo control. These steel rails are the perfect solution because they are an attachment point for various types of load securement options.

Not only that, but you will have some peace knowing that your items won’t get shifted or damaged. Continue reading to learn how to use E-Tracks, how to install them, and what to use with these rails. 

What is an E-Track System?

E-Tracks are made from high strength 12 GA steel that can be attached with screws, rivets, or by welding.  They are affordable, heavy-duty, and completely customizable as everyone hauls different items of different sizes and weights. Ultimately, they will give you the flexibility to tie down anything. 

What Can I Use an E-Track for?

tie down track great for e track tie down system

They safely secure your cargo or heavier items, but you can use them for a variety of applications. Since this product is the industry standard for cargo control, it is trusted to hold down larger weights or of different sizes.

You can use E Tracks for semi-trailers, shipping containers, moving vans, enclosed trailers, and recreational vehicle tie down projects. They are also perfect to hold down ATVs, motorcycles, dirt bikes, and other motorsport vehicles. The neat part about these strong rails is you can add them to the floors and walls of the vehicle for 360-degree coverage. 

The Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical E-Tracks

Yes, there are two kinds for different types of cargo control securement, but both will work the same functions. The only difference is how the anchor points are presented in relation to the length of the vehicle. 

Listen to our product expert explain the difference between horizontal and vertical E-Tracks, and what are the best fittings.

Horizontal

The Horizontal E Track has slots that run perpendicular at 90-degrees angles to the sides of the rail. It has multiple securement points available to use at any time to hold down your items. Also, they are more commonly used for flatbeds and enclosed trailers as they help haul all loads that don’t take up the dead space inside.  

Vertical

The Vertical E Track has rectangular slots that run parallel with the rail. You install the rails vertically and we recommend using them when the height of hauled loads changes from trip to trip. You can use these vertical rails to mount a shelving system and for decking and shoring beam applications. The Vertical E Track is more commonly used in the trucking industry.

Although they are laid out differently, there are no rules for deciding between vertical or horizontal. You just have to consider the type of load you intend to transport and the type of vehicle you have to install the rails when choosing one of the other. 

How to Install E-Track

Installing E Track is not a painful process to set up, it just takes some patience.  You will be successful when you measure correctly and safely install the rails securely onto your vehicle. Check out the screws we carry such as the 14″ x 1″ self-tapping screws that work best for attaching E-track to studs, and 1-1/2” E-track hex bolts work best when drilling through thick plywood floors.

Watch this video below on how to install E-Track correctly, and become a pro at doing it:

What E Track Accessories Can I Use?

US Cargo Control provides the best e track accessories

We mentioned earlier that these heavy-duty steel rails will give you the flexibility to secure anything which they can work with a variety of tie-d0wn accessories. You can use E-Track Ratchet Straps and E-Track Cam Straps to tighten your items, and load bars to separate loads and prevent load shift.

We also carry specialized E-Track fittings like J-hook fittings, D-ring fittings, rope tie-offs, Wood End Sockets, and roller idler fittings.

If you’re just getting started with E-Track or simply looking to pick up some essentials, an E-Track Kit is an easy and convenient solution. Learn more about the kits we carry through 9 E-Track Kits for your Tie Down Needs During Transportation.

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you have any questions about our products, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

A Simple Guide on How to Use a Ratchet Strap and How to Release It

Are you using your ratchet strap the right way? Read our guide on how to use a tiedown.

Ever wondered if you’re using a ratchet strap correctly or you’re curious about how to undo and store it away safely? Our guide will help you understand how to handle and how to release a ratchet strap safely.

Ratchet straps are valuable tools that secure your items, and they come in different styles and functions that can support many different weights and load sizes. Whether you’re using tiedowns to hold down your personal items or you’re a trucker, you should know the basics of using them. Continue reading to learn a step-by-step process of how to set up a ratchet strap.

Watch our product expert, Ed Duran, demonstrate how to thread a ratchet strap:

How to Use Ratchet Strap

US Cargo Control explains how to use tie down straps

Open the handle and take the end of the strap, and put it through the ratchet mandrel which is the open slot at the bottom of the ratchet.

US Cargo Control explains how to put a ratchet strap together

Double it over and thread the strap back over and pull it tight to take out the excess strap.

Attach the hooks that are attached to the ratchet into position, and do the same with the hook on the other end of the webbing.

US Cargo Control explains how to thread a ratchet

Crank the ratchet a few times or to the desired tightening, and lock it down.

Make sure the strap stays in line with others to avoid tangling/locking.

US Cargo Control explains how to use tie downs

Lock handle down after tightening and it is now securing your items safely! 

How to Undo a Ratchet Strap

how do you release a ratchet strap explained by US Cargo Control

  1. Open the ratchet all the way, and the webbing should release and become loose.
  2. Pull the strap out of the ratchet mandrel.
  3. Close the ratchet back down.

When you’re storing ratchet straps, consider securing them with rubber bands to organize them for your next use and to prevent any harm to them. Make sure they are not wet and place them in a dry location away from the sun. If they are wet, mildew could potentially appear and ultraviolet light can make nylon and polyester fibers brittle. This could result in losing strength, discolor, and break down.

For tips on how to store your ratchet straps, read 10 Ways to Store Tie Down Straps.

Understanding the Ratchet Strap’s Working Load Limit and Break Strength

ratchet straps how to thread, explained by US Cargo Control

Now that you have an understanding of using the strap correctly, you should also know what working load limit (also known as WLL) and break strength (BS) mean. If you saw random numbers on the webbing and wondered what they mean, you’re looking at the working load limit and break strength.

The working load limit is the rating that should never be exceeded when using a tiedown, which is the maximum allowable loading force. The break strength is to the point at which the strap will fail. Break strength is through pounds/kilograms and will fail if you go over the required amount.

To provide an example, the working load limit is always 1/3 of the breaking strength. If your ratchet strap has a breaking strength of 15,000 pounds, then it will have a working load limit of 5,000 pounds. Check out this post to learn the meaning behind working load limit, break strength, and safety factor.

Learn more about Ratchet Straps

The Dos and Don’ts for Load Securement on Trailers

How Many Tie Down Straps Do I Need to Secure My Cargo?

Are Self-Contained Ratchet Straps Right for You?

Secure Ratchet Straps Right with the Good-N-Tight®

Which Motorcycle Straps are Best for My Bike?

At US Cargo Control, we want you to have the highest quality products so you can get the job done. If you have any questions about our ratchet straps, give our team a call at 866-444-9990.

How to Select a Load Cell

Ask these 4 simple questions to pinpoint the exact load cell you need

You don’t have to be an expert in load cell technology to select the one you need and feel confident that it will get the job done right.

The technology found in many modern load cells can seem overwhelming at first, but in industries where precision is a must, choosing and properly using an appropriate load cell could mean the difference between another successful day at work and an expensive or potentially dangerous miscalculation.

Luckily, we’re in 2021. Once you select the load cell that’s right for your application, you can enjoy enhanced safety, accuracy, and efficiency through the use of simple software and load cell readouts that fit in the palm of your hand, function from nearly a mile away, and provide +/- 0.1% accuracy.

Despite the many brands and types of load cells available on the market today, choosing the exact right one for your needs is fairly simple when you break it all down. Let’s walk through the 4 simple questions that will guide you in selecting the right load cell.

selecting load cells
Tension load cells from Straightpoint can handle tension reading capacities ranging from 1-ton up to 500-tons.

1. What is your application environment?

First, it’s important to consider the general environment in which you’ll be using the load cell. In terms of durability, there’s a wide spectrum ranging from low-capacity, unsealed load cells to weatherproof multi-ton options.

If you’re needing load cells for industrial applications involving cranes or heavy loads, you’ll want to select a trusted load cell brand that’s been rigorously tested and proven to have high manufacturing standards. If the load cell could be exposed to water you’ll want one rated for common environmental protections like IP67 or NEMA6.

2. What are you needing to measure?

Next, what is the specific goal you’re trying to accomplish with a load cell? Tug testing? Structural weighing? Laying cable, or maybe something else? “Load cell” is a broad term that encompasses many different electronic measurement tools including tensiometers, dynamometers, load shackles, and even common crane scales. Of course, you’ll want to get a load cell that’s designed to safely measure whatever it is you’re working with. Still, keep in mind that there is some crossover in what these load cell types can do. Below is a list of common load cell types found in the rigging and lifting industry, plus their common application.

Compression Load Cells – structural weighing and the confirmation of mass or center of gravity


Tension Load Cells – measures tension levels, commonly used for overhead weighing and heavy lift applications


Crane Scales – weighs pretty much anything that can be fasted to its hanging hook, crane optional


Shackle Load Cells – common in industrial crane applications, especially limited headroom or super heavy lift projects

Towcells – monitors tensile towing forces, engineered for emergency/rescue services, salvage, 4X4 events, and other vehicle load monitoring applications


Running Line Dynamometers – measures tension, line speed, and distance for wire rope, electrical cables, and synthetic rope


Clamp On Line Tensiometers – measuring guy wire and wire rope tension

wire rope tension load cell from straightpoint
The Straightpoint COLT clamp on line tensionmeter is a fast and accurate tool for measuring guy wire and wire rope tension up to 11,000 pounds with up to 1-inch diameters.

3. How do you want to transmit and check load cell readouts?

If you have a smartphone in your pocket, you know just how far wireless technology has come over the past few years. Load cells are no exception. In fact, many modern load cells such as industry-leading Straightpoint load monitoring load cells, are compatible with your cell phone or smart device via Bluetooth or by simply downloading a free load cell monitoring app. These advanced wireless load cells work from long distances for increased safety and can also sync with a larger computer or a special wireless handheld reader to remotely read and adjust load cell setups. Of course, wired load cell options still exist, but it’s important to understand there are many more options in the field these days that could bring you added benefits.

4. What weight capacity and dimension requirements do you have?

Finally, once you know the level of durability you need, the type of load cell that measures your workload, and whether you want wired or wireless transmission, you’re almost finished. The final step in how to select a load cell is to ensure you get one that can handle your application’s weight capacity and physical dimensions. Whether it’s in pounds, kilograms, tons, inches, or centimeters – check the spec sheets carefully to ensure the load capacity and physical dimensions of the load cell itself align with your application. You shouldn’t have any doubt in your mind that what you order can handle your load safely and effectively.

Summary

Whether you have old load monitoring load cells that need to be replaced or are investing in these intelligent tools for the first time, selecting the proper load cell is important. Professionals in many different industries rely on these tools to provide precise measurements that could otherwise mean costly mistakes. First, decide on the level of durability you want. Then, consider what you’re needing to measure and the way you’d like to transmit those measurements. Finally, narrow in on the load cell specs to find one that’s able to comfortably handle your application.

Still have questions? Give our rigging and lifting product experts a call at 800-404-7068.

7 Things Truckers Must Know About COVID-19 While Driving On The Road

It can be tricky to process what’s happening for truckers or what to do during the pandemic. Read 7 things truckers must know about COVID-19.

With the Coronavirus pandemic continuously creating new changes, it can be tricky to process what’s happening for long-haul truckers. What we do know is that long-haul truckers could still be potentially exposed to COVID-19 when coming into close contact with truck stop attendants, store clerks, dock workers, or other drivers. We pulled together a list of tips truckers can follow to continue staying safe.

A Different Look on Restaurants’ Drive-Thru Businesses

restaurants adjusting business relating to COVID-19

Popular restaurants could potentially remove dine-in services or offer limited seating soon. Even with the vaccine already here in the United States, this may not still change for restaurants like Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King as they still plan to shift to a “grab-and-go” business.

These quick-service restaurants haven’t forgotten about truck drivers though. With some changes to the drive-thru services, they plan to still assist and support truck drivers. This could be walking out their order to the curb or somewhere a driver can park.

Also, restaurants and fast food locations are offering truck drivers discounts and additional offers. Check out which of your favorite restaurants are offering discounts and offers at franchise.org.

Tip: If you want to save the trip to the restaurant, check out 6 Types of Driver Cooking Equipment!

Continue to Stay 6 Feet Apart at Work

Although this continues to be a requirement by the CDC, staying 6 feet apart is still critical. You may be exposed to the virus at your job when you’re in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes or more) with truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, other truckers, or others with COVID-19.

Limit your time spent outside when you’re near people. This includes filing gas up, loading and unloading the cargo load, and at rest/truck stops. You can also contact facilities in advance to make an appointment for unloading cargo so everybody including you are safe. Plan the best you can under these special circumstances because your health and safety are most important.

Be aware that some facilities may not grant access to bathrooms, so make sure you are prepared.

Feel Under the Weather? Communicate with Your Employer.

truck driver communicating through walkie-talkie

If you start to have symptoms, communicate with your employer so you can begin taking safety precautions. Create a plan on what to do if you’re still on the road like where to stop, where and how to seek medical advice, and plans for freight delivery. If you need to stop somewhere and it’s at a hot spot, find a hotel room or sleep in your sleeper berth and continue to social distance.

If you start to have symptoms and need some guidance, we got you covered with these steps recommended by CDC.

Wear Cloth Masks in Public and at Work

With the entire county requiring people to wear masks inside restaurants, grocery stores, etc., you can’t go wrong with wearing a cloth mask, scarf, or bandana. Wear them in public and at work, and this will still help you prevent getting the virus. This can also help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus.

Clean Frequently-Touched Surfaces Often

cleaning truck during coronavirus

As a safety precaution, try to clean surfaces in your truck. Since this is the place where you are actively working, a few places to consider sanitizing are:

  • In the truck cab – sanitize the door handles, steering wheels, seat belt and buckle, turn signal, radio, wiper controls, seat cover, head rests and armrests, and dashboards.
  • In the sleeper berth – clean areas like light switches, mattress tray, and other flat surfaces.
  • Keep your truck well-ventilated

One of the dirtiest places to touch are gas pumps, so make sure to sanitize your hands after fueling up. Also, try to go digital or electronic and avoid receipts or other objects that may pass around without protection.

Stock up on Food, Water, and Supplies

stocking supplies in truck

As this was previously mentioned in 4 tips on how to stay healthy during a pandemic, it’s always good to stay stocked on medicine and supplies in case of an emergency. With winter already on its way, it may be good to have some medicine in hand in case you have the common cold, virus, flu, or else. Not only can stocking up on supplies help during emergencies, this can help you limit the number of stops at restaurants, grocery stops, and convenience stores.

Get Your Information from Credible Sources

For general tips and information, continue to read from credible sources such as the CDC, FMCSA, CVSA, ATA, and more. It’s still good to keep your eyes and ears open during the Coronavirus pandemic, and any new updates. Check out CDC’s page on general tips on what truck drivers can do to protect themselves and slow the spread.

At US Cargo Control, we care about the safety of our hard-working truckers and for continuing to pave the way for our country. If you have any questions about our products, give our a team a call at 866-444-9990.

US Cargo Control becomes Official Supplier of Straightpoint Load Monitoring Loadcells

Straightpoint, a Crosby owned company, has announced US Cargo Control, a leader in the lifting and rigging equipment sales industry, as an official supplier.

In addition to providing a large selection of essential lifting and rigging equipment, including wire rope slings, chain slings, polyester round slings, shackles, and more– the online retailer now offers complimentary load cell monitoring tools in a variety of styles and capabilities.

Load cells translate pressure into electrical signals that allow operators of various lifting and rigging applications to precisely measure and safely monitor the tension of loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and more. They are commonly used in oil and gas, shipping, construction, renewable energies, lifting and cranes, mining, staging, test and inspection, and military applications. Load monitoring load cells not only help prolong the life of valuable lifting and rigging equipment, but they can also drastically improve safety on the job and prevent costly accidents.

“We understand that safety and reliability are of the utmost importance for industrial rigging and heavy lift jobs,” said Aaron Orsak, Business Development Manager for Load Monitoring at The Crosby Group. “These Straightpoint load cells allow operators to receive tension readouts from a safe distance, up to 3,280-feet away, and just because they’re electronic doesn’t mean they’ll break. These products are designed to be beaten up, tossed around, and still provide accurate readings.”

Through this partnership, US Cargo Control now offers the full line of popular Straightpoint products including tension load cells (Radiolink Plus and Wirelink Plus), compression load cells, clamp on line tensionmeters, running line dynamometers, shackle load cells, and digital crane scales. You can also rely on US Cargo Control to acquire and become educated on all the different Straightpoint software systems and handheld readers that these load cells are compatible with.  

Tim Sanders, Business Development Consultant, US Cargo Control

“These Straightpoint loadcells offer unrivaled functionality and durability – nothing else on the market comes close. Whether you’re looking for state-of-the-art wireless load cells that send readouts to a computer or smartphone, or you need cabled load cells that are better equipped for subsea applications – Straightpoint products offer the superior tension measurement solutions you need, and they’re all available right here at USCC.”

About US Cargo Control

Founded in 2005, US Cargo Control is a trusted leader in the cargo control industry, specializing in professional rigging and lifting equipment, trucking and transportation tie downs, and moving supplies. With a superior online shopping experience, industry-experts available via phone, and a central Midwest location, USCC is dedicated to getting you “what you want, when you need it”. For more information visit www.uscargocontrol.com

About Crosby

Crosby is a leading manufacturer of premium accessories used in lifting, rigging and securement applications. Based in the US, the company has the reputation around the world for providing a broad range of products suitable for the most demanding of operating conditions with uncompromising quality.  Products include wire rope clips, hooks, shackles, lifting clamps, hoist rings, overhaul balls, snatch blocks, crane blocks and sheaves.  Crosby also provides a “world class” training program, focusing on the proper application of Crosby Products.

About Straightpoint

For 40 years Straightpoint has manufactured and supplied cabled and wireless telemetry loadlink, load shackles, load cells, digital dynamometers, compression loadcells, crane scales, running line tensiometers, and software solutions as well as a range of intrinsically safe load cells. Safety, reliability, and quality are paramount in the lifting and rigging industries and so Straightpoint designs and manufactures to the highest standards including ISO9001, DNV-GL Type Approval, ATEX, and IECEx, whilst holding other accreditations and active memberships in key associations such as LEEA, AWRF, SC&RA, and ASME.  Straightpoint manufactures load cells from 1t to over 4000t and products offer dynamic load monitoring, weighing, or force measurement solutions and high accuracy with world-class specifications and lead times. Unlike other load cells and digital dynamometers available on the market, the high IP or NEMA rating of Straightpoint load cells means they are impervious to the harshest weather conditions and may be left in place during a lift just like any other item of rigging hardware. Our wireless technology allows antennae free data transmission to 700 meters or 2300 feet and can be connected to the latest Internet of Things (IOT) and industry 4.0 technology. Straightpoint load cells are used in many industries such as oil and gas, shipping, construction, renewable energies, lifting and cranes, topside and tie downs, mining, entertainment, water bag testing, breakbulk, utilities, and military applications. With locations in Hampshire and Aberdeen UK, California, Minneapolis, and Texas USA plus a global network of over 80 authorized distributors.

Do You Know How Much That Weighs? Straightpoint Load Cells Do

USCC now offers a full selection of superior Straightpoint load cell solutions.

If you’re a professional in the rigging and lifting industry, you know that close is never close enough. And guesstimating? Well, that’s just not a great option when you’re talking about lifting a multi-ton load.

Just ask these guys.

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There’s no question, whether it’s tension on a wire rope assembly or compression caused by a heavy structure, it pays to “know your load” at all times. Be it tons, pounds, or kilograms – just the slightest miscalculation is enough to cause an expensive and perhaps even life-threatening accident.

Luckily, there are load monitoring load cells. Commonly referred to as “tensiometers” or “dynamometers”, load cells use electrical signals to precisely measure the tension of rigged loads involving wire rope, guy wire, synthetic rope, shackles, and other types of rigging equipment.

water testing using straightpoint wireless load cells

What’s the benefit of load cells for lifting?

Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to complex rigging and heavy lift jobs. Many modern load cells allow operators to receive tension readouts from a safe distance, sometimes several thousand feet away. This is extremely important for applications involving overhead cranes, offshore drilling, tug testing, water bag testing, overhead weighing, cable laying, vehicle recovery, or any type of heavy-lift projects. But not all load cells are created equal.

What’s the best load cell available?

Straightpoint, a Crosby owned company, offers unrivaled load cell tension measurement tools. Their quality and functionality are unsurpassed by any other load cell brand in existence.

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straightpoint load cell supplier

Now, US Cargo Control is proud to be an official supplier of Straightpoint’s intelligent line of load cell load monitoring solutions, including Straightpoint’s long-range wireless load cells and intelligent load cell software that brings your safety into the 21st century.

insight software load cell reading

Don’t put your company and its priceless reputation in unnecessarily dangerous situations. Use Straightpoint Loadcells to take the weight off your shoulders and safety into the palm of your hand.

Types of load cells from Straightpoint

Wireless, Bluetooth-enabled, and classic cabled load cells are all available. Whether you need tension load cells, compression load cells, clamp-on line tensiometers, running line dynamometers, shackles load cells, or mini crane scales – USCC has you covered with a full selection of high-quality Straightpoint products.

Tension Load Cells

straightpoint load cells for tension readings

Tension load cells are great for a wide variety of applications. Radiolink Plus (wireless) and Wirelink Plus (cabled), can handle tension reading capacities up to 500-ton. Towcell is the perfect solution for vehicle load monitoring applications as it fits directly onto a 2” tow ball. 

Compression Load Cells

best compression load cells

Compression load cells are used to calculate the center of gravity. Straightpoint compression load cells can handle loads up to 1000-ton and you can read up to 100 wireless compression load cells from your computer or tablet and also create real-time test certificates on-site. Wired compression load cells are also available. 

Clamp on Line Tensiometers

best tensiometer for measuring wire rope and guy wire tension wirelessly

Straightpoint’s line tensiometer, the COLT, is an industry-leading smartphone-enabled clamp-on line tensiometer. It’s a fast and accurate way to measure wire rope or guy wire tension.

Running Line Dynamometers

best dynamometer for wire rope

Straightpoint’s line of running line dynamometers are able to measure tension, line speed, and distance of wire rope, fiber optic cables, and synthetic rope. These dynamometers are very useful in situations where there is no anchor or dead end on the line.

Shackle Load Cells

wireless load shackle from Straightpoint

Loadshackles from Straightpoint provide the perfect solution to limited headroom or super heavy-lift projects. Wireless load shackles, Bluetooth-only, and cabled versions are all available. Straightpoint Loadshackles are made using Crosby brand shackles. All Loadshackles from Straightpoint have a load-centering bobbin and range in capacity from 3.25- ton to 400-ton.

Miniweigher Crane Scales

best digital crane scale

Straightpoint Miniweigher Plus crane scales are compact, safe, accurate, and suitable for a number of applications. These wireless crane scales are often mounted between a winch and a tripod, allowing for load monitoring and safe lowering and raising of equipment and personnel. They’re able to handle up to 5 ton.

Straightpoint Loadcell output options

When it comes to viewing tension readings and remotely controlling Straightpoint Loadcells, you have options. Choose wired or wireless handheld controllers, laptop computer/smart device output, or even a wireless LCD scoreboard display.

SW-HHP handheld load cell readout device
load cell app for smartphone
wireless LCD load cell scoreboard

Remember, in addition to physical load cell equipment, US Cargo Control also offers compatible Straightpoint computer software and systems.

Expert answers to all your Straightpoint Loadcell questions

touring iuoe cranes and machinery

We have a team of lifting and rigging equipment specialists that understand Straightpoint Loadcell products in-and-out. Don’t hesitate to give them a call at 800-404-7068 for fast and friendly answers to all your load cell questions.

9 High-Quality Cargo Control Products to be Grateful for

With the holidays inching closer, we complied a list of 9 USCC products we’re thankful for.

There’s something truly special about waking up on Thanksgiving morning. Although we get to eat turkey, casseroles, and pies all day long, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to take a few moments and express gratitude. We get to be surrounded by not just delicious food, but friends and family on this day.

Even though Thanksgiving is not here yet, we’re going to take a few moments to express our gratitude. At US Cargo Control, we’re thankful for our team and their courageous attitudes, but that doesn’t stop there. We’re tremendously grateful for the essential workers such as the truck drivers, medical experts, stork clerks, and more who keep our country running.

We put together a list of the top 9 cargo control products that we’re grateful for. We heard from many people that these products have made their lives easier, and we especially hope one of our products will make your life easier too.

1. Moving Blankets

Moving blankets‘ sole purpose is to protect valuables from any damage, but they serve more purposes than that. A moving pad can soundproof a room to create your own home recording studio, can make a cushioned pet blanket to prevent their falling hair or claws from scratching, use as a blanket at the beach, or place on icy grounds below your feet for when you’re unloading or loading groceries!

The Supreme Mover Moving Blanket is one of my favorite products. I just moved and realized how well these heavy blankets protect my furniture. They’re soft, don’t scratch, and protect my valuables from any damage because of their thickness.

Leslie Lowdermilk, Senior Buyer

2. USCC Toolbag and USCC Mechanic Gloves

best tool bag for those who want to get the job done quickly and fast.
best mechanic gloves for durability, safety, and efficiently.

If you’re a handyman or DIY expert, you’re going to need accessories that will make your life easier. Our toolbag and mechanic gloves can help you get the job done faster and more efficiently. Your hardworking hands and tools deserve good protection and resilience, and we got you covered with our easy-to-carry tote and touchscreen-friendly, form-fitting gloves!

3. Tarps

Shop US Cargo Control motorcycle tarp cover
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No matter the situation, tarps will always come in handy. You can protect your ATV, motorcycle, or boat for the winter with our large-quality tarps. Not only that, you can use a tarp for many creative applications such as a slip-n-slide, creating shade when camping, and wrapping and bringing games back from your hunting trip!

Even though truck drivers use tarps to cover their cargo, a tarp comes with never-ending possibilities.

My favorite items at US Cargo Control are the truck cargo nets. The versatility these provide for trucks as well as other securement applications are endless to our customers.

Brennan Melloy, Sales Specialist

4. Recovery Straps

best recovery strap that will pull the car out to safety
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Recovery tow straps are invaluable pieces of equipment that are designed for recovery or towing uses. You can use these all year long, but they’re extremely beneficial during the winter months. By having the heavy-duty tow straps in your truck or SUV, you can save someone’s day by pulling them out of the ditch!

Learn more about how to pull a car out of snow using a recovery strap without the cost of a towing truck.

5. Ratchet Straps

Shop US Cargo Control tie straps
Tiedown Strap securing a Kayak

We all know that the ratchet tie down strap is used to hold down cargo or equipment during transport. This is why we’re grateful to have cargo straps because they allow us to be at ease knowing our items will be secured! With different sizes and functions, grab yourself a sturdy, high-quality strap that will perform the job successfully.

The 2″ x 27″ Rollup Ratchet Strap is my all-time favorite product. It’s nice to have a reliable ratchet strap that eliminates excess webbing blowing in the wind. It just has an overall clean look and feel!

Jake Feldman, Production Planner

6. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Strap Handle

US Cargo Control Good and tight strap handle

Whether you’re a trucker, farmer, logger, or someone who uses ratchet straps, you must have the Good-N-Tight Handle in your corner. It’ll put less strain and stress on your back when tightening ratchet straps and you will be grateful for that.

7. Ratcheting Cargo Bar

US Cargo Control cargo load bar

Don’t you hate it when your items in the back of your vehicle keep moving around, or you’re worried something might break or fall out? The Ratcheting Cargo Bar is a life-saver because it will create a barrier to prevent items from moving around!

“It works great in the back of my truck to keep boxes and other items from sliding around!”

Dan Roehr, Forecast Analyst

8. Corner Protectors

US Cargo Control corner guards to protect ratchet straps

Ensure that your cargo (and your Christmas presents) get delivered damage-free with corner protectors. Protecting from harsh edges, they help lengthen the life of your ratchet straps by reducing friction and tension.

9. USCC Tumblr – 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr

US Cargo Control tumblr for drinking

Need a cup that can keep your drink cold or warm for hours? This versatile 2 in 1 Can Cooler and Tumblr will keep your drink temperature for 24 hours. Get yourself a Tumblr that will keep your cup of coffee warm for hours during the winter months (unless you love cold drinks).

Did You Know We Added More New Products to US Cargo Control?

When we’re adding new products, we’re looking for products that create value for you. Check out some of the products we recently added!

Corner Protector with Slot – This corner protector will help keep the strap webbing in place and your load secured.

Scuff Guard Floor Protector – A lightweight and affordable solution to shield flooring from damage caused by large and heavy appliances.

Windshield Protector Tarp – Protect your heavy machinery from flying debris and avoid damage to your windshield and other components.

Crosby Lebus Load Binders – A“one piece” forged handle, and continuous take-up feature for finite adjustment to the tiedown load.

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

Long-Haul Truck Drivers Share The Most Scenic Drives in America

Ever wonder what are the most scenic roads in America? Read to find out the routes everybody should take, according to truckers.

Anybody who has driven for hundreds of miles in this huge country with its 4-million+ miles of highways and byways has their favorite routes. You may love being near the ocean, the magnificent mountains, or lush landscapes with endless green. Whether it’s passing through the Smoky Mountains, driving on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, or cruising on the 7-mile bridge in Key West, we all have our personal favorites.

But, what about the truck drivers who spend their lives on the road traveling to deliver the goods and necessities that we consume every day? Although they may get road-weary, there are routes or attractions that they look forward to seeing. We were wondering what are the most beautiful states and drives in the United States, so we took the liberty to research this. Read what our long-haul truckers say are the most scenic drives in America.

The Best and Worst States for Drivers, According to WalletHub

According to the personal finance website WalletHub, they released a report on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Drive In. They determined the most driver-friendly states in the U.S. through 31 key metrics such as average gas prices, the share of rush-hour traffic congestion, and road quality.

  • Iowa (1)
  • Tennessee (2)
  • North Carolina (3)
  • Texas (4)
  • Nebraska (5)
  • Georgia (6)
  • Virginia (7)
  • Indiana (8)
  • Arkansas (9)
  • Alabama (10)
  • Montana (41)
  • Alaska (42)
  • New Jersey (43)
  • West Virginia (44)
  • Maryland (45)
  • Colorado (46)
  • California (47)
  • Washington (48)
  • Rhode Island (49)
  • Hawaii (50)

Truckers, do you agree with the list? Let us know in the comments, and share your experiences on what it’s like driving through the best states or through the worst states. Continue reading to learn the best drives in America:

Coastin’ Through The California Coast

Highway 1 known as a beautiful road
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Driving through the routes of California includes scenic routes and attractions that you’re going to want to savor every moment. Truckers recommend that you drive north through the state of California as this state has several soaring panoramic views. The first route is driving through Highway 101, and you may have heard of this being a popular and iconic drive. Viewed as a motion picture ride, this drive consists of incredible national parks, a front seat view of the coastline, and charming towns and communities!

Another popular route to take is Highway 1 where you’ll be near the Pacific Coast throughout the whole drive. With approximately 655 miles of noteworthy views, you’re bound to take a million pictures! Some attractions that you can plan for are the Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Read this great overview of Highway 1 if you’re planning to go there soon.

Don’t Miss Out on the Seward Highway in Alaska

Seward Highway, one of most scenic drives in the world
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Have you noticed when you drive a couple hours, you get bored because it’s a dull ride? Not this route. You will never lose interest as you cruise along this two and a half-hour exciting drive.

The Seward Highway can provoke familiar feelings of the California Coastline, and it will feel like the views that you see in movies. As you continue to cruise, you will see breathtaking mountains that you haven’t seen before, miles full of animal life, and great beaches. The drive from Anchorage, Alaska to Seward is a trip everyone must take at some point in their life!

Take a Weekend Driving the Appalachian Trail to the Gulf of Mexico

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina known as one of most scenic states
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For 72 hours, you can experience Central Park and drive down the Gulf of Mexico. If you ever get to drive this distance, you’re destined to love it. As you drive down through multiple states, you will see memorable scenic views and attractions such as the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you schedule plenty of time for this route, truckers recommend that you go swimming in the Gulf.

Although there are likely dull sections along the way, it’s the change from a place like Central Park, New York to driving down towards the Gulf of Mexico that makes the trip worthwhile. You’re going to notice differences in several states, and you will find those changes intriguing.

Take an Entire Day to Experience the Beautiful San Juan Byway in Colorado

San Juan Byway, one of most beautiful drives in the world
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If you just want a full day to experience a beautiful drive, go to the San Juan Byway. You won’t be bored and disappointed. It consists of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, quaint mining towns, and the most exhilarating twists and turns. You’re never going to want the drive to end.

You will feel like you’re in a movie because the landscape will transition. One moment you’re seeing green surrounding you, to a landscape that almost looks like a dessert, to then seeing snow-capped mountain peaks. We’ve heard that you must visit the delightful small mountain towns.

Keep in mind that the roads wind, so don’t get too wild and just take your time driving carefully and slowly.

Take I-70 into Utah and Colorado in the Summertime

I-70 into Utah and Colorado, most beautiful roads
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If you’re planning a trip to see the most astonishing and thrilling high deserts and rock formations in the summer, the route to 1-70 into Utah and Colorado is the riveting trip that you won’t be able to see anywhere else. With deep red canyons around every bend and beautiful parks to stop at, you’ll be amazed at how wonderful nature is.

Not only that, Utah might as well be known as a huge national park. We’re not joking, read how Utah could just be the most beautiful state in the country.

The Landscapes of West Virginia

West Virginia consists some of the most beautiful roads in america
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Ever saw landscape paintings and you thought to yourself that you wished you could see it in person? You can finally see it in person by driving on I-64 in West Virginia! When you hit a specific mile marker, you’re suddenly coming upon valleys that resemble paintings of natural, lush landscapes. You’ll suddenly realize you’re being covered in never-ending beauty.

You’ll find the most charming towns as you drive through the route, and we recommend taking the opportunity to admire Lake Tahoe. During the winter where there is still snow, you will be at eye level with people on the ski lifts as you’re driving down the mountain! For people who do not see snow often or have never seen snow, this will be an amazing experience for you.

Go West from Montana to Idaho

Montana and Wyoming are prettiest states in America
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We can agree that when you’re driving hundreds of miles, you’re bored and itching to arrive at your destination. People who have driven any westbound route from Montana to Idaho can assure you that this will be the most peaceful, beautiful, memorable 700-mile drive in the country.

With only two-lane routes between the two states, you’ll discover mountain peaks, meadows, national forest with green that goes on endlessly. Even if you’re driving through it, you get a vibe that you are actually a part of nature is surrounding you.

Get on the Road and Share Your Experiences!

If you have a longing desire to put some wheels on the pavement and explore the most beautiful drives in America that our truckers have driven around, make sure to take one of these unforgettable routes! Get your car inspected and fill up your gas tank, and don’t forget to pack plenty of snacks and drinks.

Let us know about your experiences on the road, and which route is your favorite. If there are other amazing routes that were not on this list, tell us in the comments!

On the road and looking for things to do to keep you entertained? Read 5 fun things for truckers to do when on the road.

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.

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing Lifting Slings

As objects are being lifted, the lifting sling could fail and lead to catastrophes. Read 3 factors to consider when choosing lifting slings.

One of the biggest causes of injuries and fatalities in the lifting and rigging industry is accidents caused by falls. As heavy objects are being lifted, sometimes the lifting sling can fail and lead to potential catastrophes. To prevent these situations, it is critical that you must use the correct types of lifting slings for your lifting jobs. Read 3 factors you should consider when choosing the right lifting sling, and learn the different types of slings we carry at US Cargo Control.

1. Know The Weight, Strength, and Delicacy of the Load

It’s important to know the weight and strength of the load that you intend to lift, as well as the WLL (Working Load Limit) of the sling. When you have an understanding of the object’s weight and strength, make sure you provide support from all directions. Providing support from the sides will prevent the object from falling, preventing injuries and risk to the workers on site.

The other thing that you should note is the fragility of the load you are lifting. The goal is to not only lift an object but protect the object from getting damaged in the lifting process. For lifting heavy objects or objects made of hard metals, we recommend using chain slings to perform the job.

Saw random numbers on your load-bearing equipment and didn’t know what they meant? Read what Working Load Limit, Breaking Strength, and Safety Factor mean.

2. Identify the Center of Gravity of the Load, and the Sling’s Flexibility

When you’re looking at the object you will be lifting, observe the object’s shape and design to tell you where the center of gravity is. You do not want to miss the center of the load before you begin to lift because you can potentially thrust the load and cause damage. If you’re lifting irregularly-shaped loads, consider using nylon slings as these have great flexibility and strength.

3. Do the Objects have Sharp Edges?

You’re going to lift objects that have sharp edges. Although nylon slings work best for loads needed for flexibility, the fabric will not perform well because it will be fighting against sharp edges. They will cause ripping to the sling, and this will likely result in the object falling and getting damaged.

If you’re having to lift objects with sharp edges, we recommend using chain slings or wire rope slings. We also carry corner protectors that can cover the edges of the object and protect your slings and chains.

What Are the Different Types of Slings?

Now that you know the three critical factors to consider when choosing a sling, you need to learn the many different types of slings there are. This will help you identify which sling is worth the investment for your lifting situations.

Nylon Slings

US Cargo Control nylon lifting sling

Known as synthetic web slings or nylon web slings, our nylon lifting straps perform well for lifting breakable, delicate objects. Its heavy-duty synthetic material has great stretch and flexibility that help the slings mold to the shape of the load. Not only that, the nylon lifting sling’s material is treated to improve abrasion resistance and reduce wear, even in the most rigorous lifting applications.

They are lightweight, easy to handle, and offer a wider body with more stretch than a polyester sling. Its attributes make synthetic slings a popular choice for rigging purposes and are essential to have around, but they should not be used in extreme or rugged conditions. Nylon rigging straps will wear down more quickly than other types of slings if you go against its limits!

Chain Slings

If you’re depending on a sling that requires extra strength and durability, the chain sling is your best choice. The chain lifting sling is the strongest and most durable type of sling and is highly popular to use for heavy lifting operations. They will perform better than polyester round slings or nylon slings because they’re more durable, tolerant to hot temperatures, and cut-resistant. When we say chain slings are tolerant to hot temperatures, this means they are useful for lifts in extremely hot temperatures or to secure extremely hot objects.

We offer three trusted brands of lifting chain slings, Crosby, KWB, and Pewag. We offer chain slings from these brands because we want you to have the highest-quality slings that will perform the lifting job successfully. We sell these in two types, standard and adjustable, and we also offer custom options if needed.

We recently added a full line of Grade 120 chain and components that are now available at US Cargo Control. Read more about Grade 120 and its benefits.

Polyester Round Slings

Polyester slings can be confused with nylon slings due to their material that is also made of a web-like fabric. The difference is that while nylon slings stretch easily, polyester round slings have a little stretch to them. These are useful to have for lifting operations where strength is needed, but not a lot of stretch needed.

Manufactured in the USA from a continuous loop of polyester yarn that creates exceptional strength, the round slings are versatile, pliable, convenient, and cost-effective. Because of their many benefits, you can use these in vertical, choker, or basket hitches, making them effective to lift a wide variety of cargo!

Curious about the differences between nylon slings and polyester slings? Read Polyester Slings vs Nylon Slings: Which Web Sling Type is Better?

Wire Rope Slings

US Cargo Control wire slings

Known as steel cable or wire sling, these are more durable than synthetic slings and more cost-effective than chain slings. Wire rope slings are an excellent choice not only for lifting, but also for hoisting, towing, or anchoring loads. Its fabrication offers abrasion-resistance and heat-resistance, as they are made by weaving individual strands or wire around a core.

Wire rope slings are favorable by riggers as they can come in a wide variety of materials, diameters, and configurations. Each steel wire rope configuration will offer different benefits and are suited to certain applications. For example, a smaller number of large outer wires offers better wear and corrosion resistance, while a larger number will provide better flexibility and fatigue-resistance.

If you would like to learn more about wire rope configuration, see our category on wire rope.

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