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.

LED Versus Incandescent Lighting


Incandescent light has been an option for over one hundred years––ever since Thomas Edison first invented his light bulb. It has lit the way home for drivers on America’s roadways since 1912, thanks to the manufacturers of Cadillac, who were the first to develop a sustainable, shock-resistant headlamp version that ran on electricity.

But times are changing and with change comes innovation. Incandescent Tungsten Halogen lighting has enjoyed its day in the spotlight, but it’s quickly being overshadowed by the increased efficiency of LED.

LED, or light-emitting diode, headlamps can easily last the life of your truck––a nice improvement over the roughly 60,000 miles you’re likely to get from your incandescent lamps.

LEDs are More Efficient

In addition to the increased life that they offer, LEDs come with much higher efficiency. Incandescent bulbs burn hot––so hot, in fact, that nearly 90 percent of the energy generated by this type of bulb occurs in the form of heat as opposed to light.

LED lamps, on the other hand, burn much cooler. The light from this type of lamp is generated by electrical current as it moves across the diodes of a chip. According to Doug Bonderud, writing for Angie’s List, LED light is perfect for vehicle headlamps because it’s directional, as opposed to diffused. LED lamps provide excellent illumination for even the darkest drives home.

LEDs are Better for the Environment

Because they last so much longer and are nearly impervious to breakage, far fewer LED vehicle headlamps end up taking space in America’s landfills. This type of light also emits very few ultra-violet rays into the environment, making them nearly invisible to bugs and insects and a vast improvement over incandescent bulbs.

LEDs Provide Better Illumination

LED lamps provide vastly superior reflection off road and highway signs and they illuminate a much wider radius than other types of headlamps. You’ll recognize this type of headlight in the trucks coming toward you at night––the light appears much whiter than the dim yellow arc cast by incandescent lamps.

These are only a few of the beneficial reasons for you to add LED headlamps to your list of heavy duty truck parts. If you haven’t experienced the advantages of this type of lighting on the road, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results: increased visibility, brighter reflection, longer life, and a cooler-burning headlamp all combine to make the drive home much safer and more enjoyable than it’s ever been.

Global Parts, Inc carries a comprehensive selection of LED headlamps, taillights, accent lights, and interior lighting for your truck. Once you make the switch to energy-efficient, long-life LED lights, you’ll never waste your time with incandescent lamps again.

‘Cleaner’ Trucks a Direct Result of Advanced Semi-Truck Parts Design

More trucks in the U.S. are becoming ‘cleaner,’ as opposed to the ones that roamed America’s major roads and highways decades ago, mainly due to the continued advancement of semi-truck parts design. As AutoBlog Green’s Danny King notes in his article: “When it comes to diesel trucks, the good old days weren’t so good. Go back a quarter century, for instance. Back then, a singe diesel-powered truck was throwing off about 60 times the emissions a typical ‘clean diesel’ truck goes today.” Continue reading

Why Old, Leaking Pipes Must Be Replaced with Flexible Exhaust Tubing

There’s probably not one truck owner and/or driver in the world who doesn’t know about the health-related dangers of vehicle exhaust fumes. These fumes can find their way from leaking pipes and into the interior of the truck at any time, and if not patched up or replaced with quality flexible exhaust tubing or pipes, can lead to serious consequences. Continue reading

The E-Track System and Other Means of Securing Cargo inside Trucks

Transporting cargo can be a pretty tough job—hauling heavy items over vast distances while ensuring that no damage comes to the merchandise isn’t exactly a short order in the job description. This is why many companies like Global Parts Inc. have taken to selling truck/trailer equipment and accessories that serve to make hauling safer and more efficient. Continue reading

Important Trailer Road Safety Facts: All about LED Trailer Lights

By law you can’t travel anywhere in the US while towing a trailer unless your trailer is set up with the proper brake lights and turn signals. This is because without these lights, it becomes a hazard to your fellow motorists on the road. However, lights in vehicles can burn out rather quickly, thus it’s important that you should routinely inspect your trusty LED trailer lights and its wirings and connections. Continue reading