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Fundamental Principles of Cargo Control

The term ‘cargo control’ is one that every truck driver should be familiar with. Experienced truckers know what it means and how it applies to their daily jobs. New truckers may understand the term, but only experience will teach them the finer points of cargo control.

Mytee Products serves the trucking industry with a complete inventory of cargo control products. Each of the products we sell is intended for a particular purpose. The benefits of these products are maximized when truck drivers understand the basic, fundamental principles of cargo control and how to apply them correctly. Those fundamental principles are explained below.

Restricting Cargo Movement

The foundation of cargo control is preventing cargo movement while a truck is en route. How cargo is secured depends on its shape, size, weight, and position on the truck carrying it. For example, large coils of steel cable need to be secured in a particular way because they are prone to rolling as well as shifting from side to side. A trucker may use a combination of chains and blocks to keep the coil rolls in place.

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Movement must be restricted in all directions. It cannot shift forward or backwards when accelerating and braking, and it certainly cannot be allowed to shift from side to side. Therefore, cargo might have to be secured from multiple angles to prevent all movement.

Reducing Road Vibration Risks

The second fundamental principle of cargo control is restricting road vibration risks. Physics dictates that road vibration cannot be eliminated, so the idea is to prevent any such vibrations from causing damage to cargo. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.

Cargo can be properly spaced on a trailer so as to avoid direct contact between multiple pieces. In addition, truck drivers can use edge protectors and spacers in situations in which cargo has to be tightly packed. Even moving blankets and tarps can be used strategically to minimize the risks of road vibration.

Proper Weight Distribution

Distributing weight evenly across the back of a trailer is the third fundamental principle of cargo control. Proper weight balance accomplishes several things:

• It reduces the likelihood that a trailer will become unstable.
• It reduces the risk of cargo shifting en route.
• It makes maintaining driver control easier.
• It increases fuel efficiency and reduces wear and tear on equipment.

Proper distribution of weight is critical to the safe and efficient transport of cargo. Furthermore, drivers need to get it right the first time. If a trailer is fully loaded and found to be out of balance, it may have to be entirely unloaded and done over. This is a waste of time and money.

General Protection of Cargo

Last is the principle of protecting cargo in a general sense. Beyond movement and road vibration, certain kinds of cargo have to be protected against environmental exposure. Thus, truck drivers use things like tarps and blankets to protect against weather conditions, road debris, and animals and insects.

A typical flatbed truck driver will keep a good supply of these kinds cargo control supplies on board. He or she may have several different types of tarps for example, including lumber, steel, smoke, and general purpose tarps. He/she will also keep a selection of straps and bungee cords on board for securing those tarps in place.

Cargo control is a fundamental concept of truck driving. It is something that every truck driver has to learn, both in the classroom and through real-life experience. Those who master it are capable of moving cargo over thousands of miles with minimal risk.


How to Withstand the Big Challenges of Flatbed Cargo Control

It is a generally accepted rule in the trucking industry that flatbed loads are worth more money than dry van loads. The reason is simple: truck drivers have to put a lot more effort into protecting cargo being carried on the back of a flatbed trailer. They cannot simply hook up and go. They have to safely secure the load at a minimum; in some cases, loads also have to be covered with flatbed truck tarps.

It is ultimately the driver’s responsibility to make sure cargo arrives at its destination in perfect condition. As you might expect, there are plenty of things along the way that can cause problems. Drivers need to choose the right kind of cargo control equipment, and deploy it correctly, to prevent damage to whatever they are carrying.

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Here are the three biggest challenges of flatbed cargo control:

1. Weather Conditions

The biggest foe  for flatbed cargo is weather. For example, what appears to be a light rain standing in a stationary position instantly becomes driving in rain at 60 mph. New flatbed drivers are often surprised by how much damage a bit of rain can do. But it’s not just rain. Snow, sleet, ice, wind, and even sunshine can all cause problems.

A truck driver’s best protection against the weather is the standard truck tarp. Mytee Products carries a variety of truck tarps in different sizes and configurations. Our steel tarps are ideal for steel coil and tubing while lumber tarps come with side and back flaps to fully cover sensitive lumber loads. We also carry machinery and smoke tarps as well.

A driver’s choice of tarps can mean the difference between keeping cargo safe and delivering it with damage. That’s why we encourage investing in a full selection of high-quality tarps. The better a truck driver’s tarps, the less risk to his or her cargo.

2. Road Vibration

Most people do not understand the destructive power of road vibrations. Experienced flatbed truckers know full well that these vibrations can cause significant problems. It doesn’t take much to damage cargo, which is why flatbed truckers make use of things such as blocks, edge protectors, and pads to protect cargo from vibration-related damage.

How much of a problem is road vibration? Well, consider the principle of wrapping stemware and porcelain dishes in newspaper before moving. The reason for doing so is to protect them from vibration. Just a few miles of minor vibration can cause sensitive stemware to reach a frequency that causes it to shatter. The same principle holds true for flatbed trucking. Road vibrations have to be dampened to protect cargo with effective cargo control equipment.

3. Load Shifting

Hand-in-hand with road vibration is the third big challenge of cargo control: load shifting. Flatbed truck drivers take steps to ensure the cargo they are carrying is loaded onto the trailer in such a way as to keep weight evenly distributed across the platform. Even weight distribution is critical to both safety and fuel mileage.

What should be understood is that even a shift of just a few inches can compromise safety. Load shifts also carry the potential of making cargo less secure to the point that it could be dropped. This is why truckers use things like blocks and chains to keep cargo in place.

The three big challenges of cargo control are weather, road vibrations, and load shifting. The good news for truck drivers is that Mytee Products has everything needed for effective cargo control. From tarps to chains to winches and straps, you will find everything you need for protecting cargo here on our website.


5 Reasons to Invest in Moving Blankets

One of the most important tools of the trade for a flatbed truck driver is the flatbed tarp. In fact, most truck drivers have a collection of tarps used for different kinds of loads. If, on the other hand, you own a moving company or a local courier operation utilizing box trucks, you probably do not need tarps. You do however, need moving blankets.

The moving blanket is as important to your business as the tarp is to the flatbed hauler. Without a good collection of blanket and pads, you will not be able to provide the high quality service your clients are looking for. Here are five reasons to invest in high quality, long-lasting moving blankets such as those found on our site:

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1. Cargo Protection

Your number one priority as a mover or courier is to make sure your customer’s property makes it from one location to the next completely unscathed. New movers often fail to realize how easily things such as furniture and antiques can be damaged during the process. Moreover, that damage is not just confined to loading and unloading. Property can be damaged moving in and out of a building and in transit to the new destination. Moving blankets reduce the risk of damage.

2. Your Reputation

Equally important to the idea of cargo protection is the reputation of your company. Even if you were the most conscientious mover with a perfect track record of never damaging customer property, not using moving blankets gives customers the perception that you are not concerned about the value of their property. In the era of online reviews, the last thing you need is to develop a reputation as a careless courier or moving company.

3. Liability Concerns

Every moving company and courier in the U.S. is required to carry liability insurance. Your insurance company may refuse to satisfy certain claims if it can be demonstrated that you or your staff did not take the proper precautions to protect customer property by using moving blankets and pads. Do not take that risk. Moving blankets are a reasonable investment and part of doing business.

4. Load Security

Moving blankets provide an extra benefit when in transit by way of maintaining a more secure load. To understand this, just step back and think about how a moving truck is packed. There is no possible way to fill in all of the empty space, especially where furniture is concerned. Using moving blankets allows you to fill in some of that dead space so that cargo does not move as the vehicle travels down the road.

5. Road Vibration

Damage to customer property is not limited to hard knocks and drops. Road vibration is also a concern. The longer the trip between pickup and drop-off, the more potential damage can be done. Moving blankets act as shock absorbers to some degree, lessening the potential risk caused by road vibration. As an added benefit, these also cut down on the amount of noise caused by moving and shifting cargo. For smaller moving vans and trucks in which the cab is not separate from the cargo area, reducing noise can be a godsend.

We offer a number of different moving blanket options to fit your needs and budget. As always, we do not recommend going cheap only for the sake of saving money. Invest in moving blankets that meet your needs and that will last as long as possible. After all, this is an investment in your business. Spending the money now will pay off in the future.