4 Tips on How to Stay Healthy During a Pandemic (or Flus/Viruses)

Looking for ways to minimize risk of being exposed now that businesses are opening slowly? Read more on how to stay healthy on the road.

We are still in a pandemic, and there is always something new every day. Businesses and restaurants have been slowly opening, but what are their prevention cautions and what do truckers need to know to stay healthy? Read more to find out 4 tips on how to stay healthy during a pandemic.

This isn’t your basic list of suggestions on what and how to stay healthy. Instead, this is a list for truck drivers on steps they can take to minimize risk. Don’t worry, we are leaving out the lecture on handwashing and hand sanitizer!

1. Plan Ahead to Keep Yourself Safe

Stay healthy by planning ahead
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Plan routes ahead of time, and stay prepared with what prevention cautions businesses are practicing. This can be checking the restaurant’s website or social media for updated information on safety guidelines, asking your bank for options for telephone or virtual meetings to use their services, or if your gym is offering various options like reservations or check-in systems.

Of course, there are still other options such as ordering food to go and using drive-thru banking services. We all have different ways to venture, but make sure you are practicing the best safety measures so you can minimize the risk of being sick. CDC updated its information on how to stay safe when you resume some daily activities.

2. Always Have the Necessities in Hand

Keeping food stocked in your truck will help you eat healthy stay healthy
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It’s always good to keep the necessities stocked in case of an emergency. Make sure you have food, water, and medicine on hand, just in case you get sick or start to show symptoms.

Although restaurants are opening up, it’s never too late to learn some new recipes or cooking skills. You can do it in the safety of your truck! If you’re wondering what cooking equipment you can cook with, read 6 Types of Truck Driver Cooking Equipment that will also become cost-effective in the long run.

Bonus: if you cook food in your truck, it will smell delicious.

3. Be Hygienic at the Gas Station

Being cautious at gas stations is a way of staying safe on the road
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The more common gas stations like Love’s have apps that can help limit your exposure to others. For example, Love’s Connect App has many features such as activating the pump from your cab, and you can reserve a shower with the Mobile Shower Check!

You should also be aware that fuel pumps are going to be the dirtiest at gas stations, so make sure you are being hygienic. Using hand sanitizer after use or using a rag to pump your gas are helpful ways to avoid illness. You can even use the cloth as a barrier between your hand and the keypad when you pay.

4. Get Your Information from Credible Sources

For general tips and information, continue to read from credible sources such as the CDC. Knowledge is power, and it’s good to keep your eyes and ears open during the Coronavirus pandemic. 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 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.

9 E-Track Kits for Your Tie Down Needs During Transporting

We’ve added 9 new E-Track Kits to our wide variety of E-Tracks.

We didn’t add just one E-Track kit to our website, but we added 9 new kits that serve different purposes! Whether you are just getting started or simply looking to pick up some essentials, an E-Track kit is an easy solution for you.

Our team of product experts assembled different tie down kits for you to choose from, so whether you are using a flatbed trailer, pickup truck, or a large semi-trailer, we got the perfect kit for you.

What is E-Track?

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E track is an industrial product that is commonly installed inside trailers, cargo vans, moving vans, and enclosed semi-trailers. It’s customizable and extremely versatile because it can be screwed to the floors and interior walls of trailers and vans using screws.

5′ E Track & Cam Straps Kit

We sell many different kinds of etracks here at US Cargo Control. Check us out!

Want to secure your cargo, but you need the essentials? This kit has all the components you need to start loading your cargo tightly. The kit includes rails and 3 different length cam straps.

These straps have a pull-to-tight method rather than the crank-to-tighten system that is seen in ratchet strap versions. With a 2500 pound break strength capacity, our cam buckles still offer considerable strength and easy tightening.

Snap-Loc Basics E Track Starter Kit

Need e tracks to create an e track trailer?  We got the kit for you.

If you are hauling a wide, heavy range of cargo such as ATVs, motorcycles, and else, you can’t go wrong with this Starter Kit. This has several popular components such as the 12′ Cam Straps and Spring E-Fitting with O-Ring. We understand your need to transport your items safely and securely, and you can count on this kit to deliver that promise.

The tie-down anchor points are reusable and perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the room for an entire length of rails, and these cam straps also have the pull-to-tighten system.

E Track Car Hauling Kit

Tie down your cargo securely with tie down track!

As it suggests in the name, this versatile kit will secure wide tires of cars, ATVs, and other cargo to your utility trailer! This Car Hauling Kit has some essential tie-down hardware and accessories to make it easy to outfit your trailer with everything you need to tie down your cargo for transport.

Horizontal E Track Shelving Kit

Use e track rails to create shelving for your trailer!

If you are looking to add a ton of storage to your enclosed utility trailer, this Shelving Kit will make it easy to create storage solutions. Our product experts included the wood end sockets so they can easily snap and let you create inexpensive shoring bean from an ordinary piece of 2 x 4 lumber.

Snap-Loc Supreme E Track Kit

Support your cargo load with the e track tie down system.

You may have noticed we already have a Snap-Loc Basics Starter Kit, so why do we have a supreme kit? The difference is this Snap-Loc Supreme Kit carries everything in the starter kit and also two 4.5″ J Hook Fittings and two 2″ J Hook Fittings.

With this kit, you can easily secure and tie down various cargo with the included E-Track Singles. The Singles is ideal for those needing a reusable tie-down spot but don’t have the room or the need for an entire length of rails. Along with that, you can connect the Ratchet Straps and Spring E-Fittings, and keep your trailer organized with J-Hook fittings. The J-Hooks are perfect to store items such as extension cords, rope, straps, and more.

5′ E Track Essentials Starter Kit

Known as cargo tie down track, we have many options of E-Tracks for you to secure your cargo load.

Customize your own system with this starter kit for your enclosed utility trailer! The Essentials Starter Kit has our popular essentials into one package so you can tie down a wide variety of cargo and keep your trailer well-organized at the same time.

5′ E Track & Ratchet Straps Kit

Use our popular e-track essentials for installing e track on trailer walls

Want to customize your own system, but with Ratchet Straps? We got you covered with this reliable kit. We put together our most popular essentials into one, so you can tackle your tie-down job with confidence.

Vertical E Track Shelving Kit

Seeking the perfect tie down track system?  At US Cargo Control, we have a variety of e track tie downs and many accessories for your e track needs

If you need a kit that will create shelving abilities vertically rather than our horizontal E-Track Shelving Kit, we also have the Vertical Shelving Kit. This kit is quick and easy to pick up the essentials to create shoring beams and shelves.

When you create shelving or shoring beams with this kit, just follow these instructions. Mount the vertical rails to the wall of your enclosed trailer, and snap in the wood end sockets. After that, place your 2 x 4 lumber in the socket to create inexpensive shoring beams to keep your cargo secure for transit.

8′ E Track Professional Starter Kit

Read our blog post to learn about installing e track!

If you’re a pro at building your E-Track system, then you shouldn’t miss out on this Professional Starter Kit. Get a head start with some essentials and start building!

I’m Looking for Other Tie Down Products

Looking for additional products for your tie down needs? Look into our full line of Straps and Tie-Downs with custom options always available. We also sell many hardware and accessories to help you build your own custom system.

We haven’t forgotten truck drivers for all their hard work and dedication during these tough times. Read our blog post on how truckers are helping us during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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.

New Product Addition: Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap

The Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap is now available at US Cargo Control

You can now purchase the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap from US Cargo Control! This strap is a sturdy, heavy-duty tie down that is functional for many applications. With its unique sliding design, this will help secure your equipment and cargo to your enclosed van, trailer, or truck!

With another addition to our wide variety of ratchet straps, you can trust US Cargo Control for your tie down needs. Whether you need specialty straps, motorcycle straps, winch straps, or custom tie downs, we got the perfect ratchet strap for you.

Watch this Easy Guide on How to Operate a Sliding E Track Strap:

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3 Fun Facts about the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap:

1. It’s Made of Strong, Durable Fabric

This strap consists of a durable industrial-grade polyester webbing that is resistant to weathering, abrasion, corrosion, and other damage. With this type of fabric, you’ll never have to worry about wear and tear. Not only do you have to worry about wear and tear, but its webbing also will never stretch over time.

2. It’s Flexible and Reliable

As the name hints, its ratchet allows for smoother sliding so you can easily apply the strap to your equipment. This is fitting as there are load straps with ratchets that are not located in the most appropriate location, so users resorted to creating custom load straps. This isn’t the safest option. With the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, you can quickly position the ratchet to the most convenient location on the cargo strap for optimal leverage and cargo storage.

This sliding ratchet strap also features spring e-fittings and is designed to easily connect to existing e-track rails inside your van trailers for safe transport.

3. It Comes in Different Colors and Sizes

Each ratchet strap comes in one color, and we offer three sizes! The colors come in yellow, blue, and grey, and you can use these straps to have as your favorite colors. The sizes we currently offer are 2″ x 12′, 2″ x 16′, and 2″ x 20′.

If you would like to view a how-to guide of this E track ratchet strap, read this step-by-step guide.

Have you heard about our recent product line addition? Read more about Grade 120 Chain and Components at US Cargo Control

It’s still National Moving Month! Get some tips and tricks by reading Essential Moving Supplies: 5 Must-Have Items for Every Move.

When you’re ready to secure your equipment with the Sliding E Track Ratchet Strap, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

WSTDA COVID-19 Guidance For Synthetic Slings and Tie Downs

WSTDA releases guidance for COVID-19.

The Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA) recently released guidance on disinfecting synthetic slings and tie-downs to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

In general, it is not recommended that web slings and tie-downs be washed or disinfected as it can lead to a loss of strength. Many chemicals and cleaners commonly used to disinfect other inanimate household objects could have adverse effects on synthetic slings and tie-downs.

We understand there are a lot of questions and unknowns when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic and encourage our customers to read the full release from the WSTDA on their website.

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 team a call at 866-444-9990.

Stay safe everyone!

Grade 120 Chain and Components at US Cargo Control

We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our inventory.

A full line of Grade 120 chain and chain sling components are now available through US Cargo Control.

Grade 120 is a high-strength, ultra-premium quality alloy steel with the highest working load limits in the industry. Now it’s easier than ever to get the G120 products you need to tackle the toughest overhead lifting and transportation jobs.

We’ve added a wide selection of the strongest and toughest chain grade components to our stock. And with a large inventory of bulk g120 chain, fittings, chain and binder kits, and more, you can count on US Cargo Control for all of your Grade 120 transport and rigging and lifting needs!

4 Benefits of Grade 120 Components

Length of blue grade 120 chain showcasing the square-link design.

1. It’s the Strongest Chain in the Industry

Grade 120 chain and components are 50% stronger than Grade 80 and 20% stronger than Grade 100 products. That added strength means you can select a smaller chain size for the job that’s lighter in weight and easier to handle – all without sacrificing working load limits.

2. It’s Extremely Durable

G120 chain features a revolutionary square link design that offers superior fatigue and bending resistance, making it an excellent choice for a wide variety of lifting applications. The patented square profile also offers increased contact between the surfaces on the links, resulting in a better grip than a traditional round link-style chain. A blue powder-coated finish adds corrosion protection.

3. It’s Easy to Identify

All Grade 120 Chain and Components feature a light-blue powder coating for quick and easy identification. You will also find either “120” or “12” markings on the chain and components as additional identification as Grade 120 alloy.

4. It’s Made by Pewag

Our Grade 120 chain and components are made by Pewag, an industry leader in quality chain products. With a history dating back over 500 years, Pewag is an established and trusted manufacturer in the transportation and lifting industries.

Grade 120 Chain Slings

Chain slings manufactured with grade 120 chains offer the highest strength available on the market. They are excellent for heavy-duty lifting applications.

There are two main types of lifting slings: standard and adjustable. Both options allow the user to customize the sling to suit their specific lifting application. Choose from several options including the number of legs, length of the chain, and type of end fitting.

Blue Grade 120 standard chain sling with a sling hook and oblong link at opposing ends of the length of chain.

Standard Chain Sling

Features a fixed-length of Grade 120 Chain and available in a variety of length and end fitting combinations

Blue adjustable single-leg chain sling with a sling hook and oblong link at opposing ends of the length of chain.

Adjustable Chain Sling

Can be designed with the same leg configurations as standard slings, but an additional fitting allows the user to adjust the length of the chain.

Grade 120 Fittings

We stock a wide selection of G120 end fittings. Like all Grade 120 components, end-fittings all feature the distinctive blue powder-coat finish for superior corrosion protection and easy identification. Some of the most common options include:

Blue Grade 120 oblong master link ring.

Oblong Master Links are used at the top of chain slings.

Blue Grade 120 grab hook.

Eye Grab Hooks are designed for optimal interaction between chain and hook, making them excellent for a variety of lifting applications.

Blue Grade 120 self-locking hook.

Self-Locking Hooks feature a larger opening than typical eye sling hooks and automatically close and lock under load.

Blue Grade 120 sling hook with silver galvanized safety latch.

A Sling Hook has a forged and galvanized safety latch for a secure connection in a variety of lifting applications.

Tackle The Toughest Lifting Jobs With Grade 120

We recommend heavy-duty Grade 120 Chain for the toughest jobs. Whether you are in the trucking and transportation or lifting and rigging industries, the high-strength and superior quality of G120 alloy steel can stand up to even the most demanding applications.

If you’re looking for more information on chain slings, check out our main chain slings page on our website or our lifting slings category on our blog.


Are you ready to get your hands on some Grade 120 products? Contact our sales team today at 800-404-7068. Our team of product experts is here to answer any questions about rigging chain, lifting slings, and more.


We also do custom orders! Need a custom lifting sling? We can do that! Because we assemble all of our Grade 120 chain slings in-house, we can customize a lifting sling to meet your specific needs.

4 Essential USCC Products for Your Spring Cleaning

With spring cleaning as a common chore to do at this time of year, check out 4 essential USCC products for your cleaning duties.

Not only is the spring season here, but this is a common time of the year to store things away and clean our vehicles, garages, and homes after the past few wintry months. With more time to do our hobbies and activities these days, this also means we have more time to do our spring cleaning duties. Why not get started on spring cleaning with a couple of our high-quality products that can get the job done?

Moving Blankets and Mover Bands

moving blanket that can be slipped as furniture covers to protect valuables for springtime cleaning

With cold days behind us, we can finally store some items away for the rest of the year. With moving blankets and mover bands, you can store things away safely and carefully. Our furniture covers prevent your items from getting dented or scratched, and the flexible mover bands can help the covers from shifting.

Pickup Truck Cargo Nets

Got a pickup truck, and you need to dump your trash? Don’t just store trash in your truck without any securing them. Instead, use pickup truck nets to hold your load together while you are driving! It is safer for you and those around you to prevent damage from your load flying out of your truck.

These truck nets are reliable and easy to attach and secure. We enjoy using this short bed Truck Cargo Net because it comes with cam buckles and S-Hooks to allow quick and easy attachments.

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1″ Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps

For your light-duty tie down applications, the 1″ Ratchet Straps and Cam Buckle Straps are perfect for the job. If you need tie down straps for light hauling, these cargo straps will secure a wide range of cargo on your trailer or pickup bed.

When figuring out the differences between ratchet straps and cam straps, remember that the cam straps are faster to secure than ratchet straps. They are handy for securing fragile cargo loads because of its ability to not over-tighten like ratchet straps.

To learn more about ratchet straps and cam buckle straps, watch one of our product experts, Adam, explain the differences of each strap.

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Hand trucks

also known as a hand cart to move your heavy items around

Don’t forget that handy dolly to move your heavy items around! Having a hand truck can help you move your items around so you can clean an area such as your garage or basement.

Do you know how impactful our truck drivers are during this time of crisis? Read on how they are driving our country forward.

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.

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.

how truckers are facing coronavirus
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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

trade show booth at SCRA
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?

touring iuoe cranes and machinery
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

use a log book to discover saving tips
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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

meal prep as money saving ideas
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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

use the truck rewards card as saving tips
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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.