Meeting Reflective Tape Requirements the Right Way the First Time


Transportation reflective tape or trailer tape is not designed for decorative interests; it’s a required adhesive product that needs to be applied on all commercial vehicles for the purposes of safety and mistake-free transportation. This tape is fundamental to safe travel, particularly at night or under conditions where visibility is poor at a distance, such as in fog or cloudy days. By utilizing the light already given off from oncoming vehicles, reflective tape shines that light back at the driver with a specific shape and color. The obvious brightness makes it apparent to the oncoming driver that there is a vehicle in the near future that needs to be avoided. And that can be critical when the road has poor traction surface or traffic is moving extremely fast with only seconds to adjust direction.

At a minimum, the federal government requires that commercial transport vehicles be marked with a two-inch wide reflective tape strip on the rear of the vehicle, as well as 50 percent of every side. This is to ensure that the truck can be seen from any angle. Further, the tape has to have an alternating pattern so that it can’t be mistaken for some other kind of light in the distance. Further, additional striping needs to be on the rear of the vehicle, creating a double row effect along with corner marking on the top corners of the truck trailer.

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These markings are required of all commercial trailers on U.S. public roads—even government vehicles have to be marked, such as fire trucks and heavy equipment units like cranes. One of the number one causes of fatal accidents in poor visibility conditions is drivers not being able to see large vehicles quickly coming up when traveling fast. The reflective tape is designed to make such vehicles extremely obvious, even in hard rain and fog and at night. However, the material is not perfect and can wear down. So, truck driver and operators are also required to maintain the appearance of the tape with replacement sections as necessary.

GP Inc. is your source for commercial grade automotive reflective tape with all the necessary alternating patterns and chevrons needed to meet transport regulations, including unique needs for special equipment and related truck accessories. There’s no need to try and botch something together from the local hardware or auto store. Order from GP Inc. and get the right product the first time without mistake. Their staff is well-versed on national road reflection rules and can advise on placement and application as well. Why go with less and take a gamble for an unnecessary traffic ticket? Avoid hassle assure yourself safe and efficient travel by meeting reflective tape requirements. To find out more or to order GP Inc. products, click here.


The Core Benefits of an E-Track Locking System


One of the worst things that can happen to a shipment is mid-route movement. Product or packages that move around unexpectedly cause damages, which prevent customer satisfaction and cause a loss for your business. Losses due to movement damages don’t just cost the company revenue, but its reputation also suffers, and that can be far more expensive in the long run.

Unfortunately, the science of locking down product and pallets has not kept pace with plenty of other transport tools, like digital tracking, for example. Instead, there is still the reliance on basic wall rails, floor hooks, tie-downs, and brackets. They don’t evoke a great level of confidence, especially when considering the fact that rope stretches and expands, straps pull lose, and chain damages anything it’s pulled against.

The E-Track system from Global Parts Inc. is an evolutionary jump forward—a number of generations forward. The system starts with 5 foot long tracks that lay into the floor of the transport. This is the backbone of the magic because, right from the start, it allows a user to have a customized sizing of hold-downs versus having to deal with a standard set of connection points. With each bracket in the track being 1/8th of an inch thick, there is plenty of metal to lock into with straps and hooks, and the rectangular cavities in the track make it extremely easy to connect multiple hooks on the same section as well. This, in turn, allows for better, more reliable holdings and less movement of packages and pallets.

Even more advantageous, the E-Track system is not limited to just standard lengths. Instead, these tracks can be sized to custom lengths and needs for all types of transports. Whether it be a triple-length stakeside or a basic box wagon, there’s an ability to size every track to every vehicle and trailer.

And if appearances are an issue, the E-Track system can be purchased in regular galvanized steel that won’t show rust signs, or it can be powder coated to offset the color or match the color of your vehicle. The unit is the best of both worlds in terms of function as well as aesthetics.

Further, the performance level of the E-Track rails is, bar none, the best. These units can keep the heaviest of loads in place and maintain flexible or spongy-type loads as well. These tracks don’t buckle with age or time. They stay solid on a persistent level and keep functioning day after day, mile after mile. Given all the benefits these E-Track rails offer, why would anyone consider anything else?

Global Parts Inc. is a full dealer and provider of E-Track rails, tracks, truck parts, and truck accessories. Global Parts carries all the necessary components and has staff experts to advise and guide how to put together an E-Track system just right. Don’t settle for cheap connections. Protect your product from day one of transport.


Cargo Safety Considerations


Safety and security issues have always been important to those in the cargo and freight industry. However, it has been more recently that cargo security and the physical security of drivers has become a huge issue. It is often overlooked that the measures which will ensure a cargo load does not endanger the lives of pedestrians or other drivers are the same measures which will make it difficult for criminals to make theft of the cargo. A safely loaded truck is also a more securely loaded truck.

A safely and securely loaded truck, however, does take greater time and investment on the part of the company and on the part of the driver. Both must be willing to invest the money (company) and time (driver). To overlook necessary steps is to put the driver in danger, the cargo in danger, and innocent bystanders or drivers in danger as well.

In addition to these two important considerations it should also be noted that, when a load is not secured safely, it can also result in damaged goods. This is bad for everyone involved: the driver, the company, and the end customer.

When you or your company consistently delivers safe cargo loads with no damage, your customers will know you are a company that can be trusted. Drivers, too, can expect to have a continued great track record with their employer when they put safety and security first.

First Steps to Security

Securement starts with making sure that your trailer is safe and clean. Drivers should always complete a checklist before each load is put into their truck. This is a great way to tell if there are problems ahead of time. The checklist should go from front to back and include every detail of the truck and trailer.

Damage is usually caused by a communication issue between the driver and the person operating the forklift. While loading cargo, you should be diligent to make sure that the forklift does not inflict any damage to the cargo. A driver has many responsibilities other than simply driving the cargo to its destination. You are to look out for possible hazards and complete inspections of the load before and after arriving at your destination to ensure that no damage to the cargo was sustained. Remember the cargo is your responsibility until delivery.

Federal Regulations

Cargo safety and transportation is regulated by the federal government in order to protect drivers, companies, customers, and others that might come into contact with the cargo. It is necessary to evenly distribute and secure all loads. It is necessary to have all equipment and heavy duty truck parts on hand to accomplish a secure loading. It is also required that the cargo not interfere with your view in front or on both sides while you are driving and that the cargo not interfere in any way with your movements as to hinder you in an emergency.