Monthly Archives: February 2018

  1. Truckers and Presidents Day

    Owner-Operators have always been a number of things from risk takers, entrepreneurs to even farmers.  What is not as well known is many of these traits are shared by some of our most beloved presidents as well. 

    The History of Presidents Day
    Presidents’ Day was established in 1885 to honor George Washington and is still officially called "Washington's Birthday" by the federal government! Celebrated the third Monday in every February, it traditionally is celebrated on February 22 Washington’s actual birthday. The holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

    Presidents and Truckers....More alike then you Know!
    They are always furthering their education: James Madison was Princeton University's first graduate student

    They get creative nicknames: Zachary Taylor's nickname was "old rough and ready"

    They never shy away from a good drink: Andrew Johnson was reportedly drunk during his Inauguration

    They break the law: Ulysses S. Grant received a speeding ticket...on a horse!

    They gamble: Warren Harding lost the White House china in a poker game

    Some came from humble beginnings: Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer

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  2. Need Financing? Find out at MATS!

    Coming next month in March is the Mid American Truck Show the 22nd through the 24th. With a variety of things that we will be showing, one of the great new aspects that we will be promoting at the show this year is being able to check out your financing options immediately at the show.

    We want to help by making it easier than ever to acquire a Fastrak® Rolling Tarp System. We have worked with our resources to provide a weekly financing option of $164.99* a week or less for well qualified customers with approved financing. We work with a locally owned financing company who understands the business and specializes in transportation equipment. You can even outfit your trailer with cargo control, boxes, ramp kits, and customized graphics and roll that into the financing if you choose.

    * The $164.99 weekly payment example is based on total amount financed of $13,750 for 24 months. That amount would buy a standard height 48’ Fastrak installed and includes a man door in the bulkhead. Payments will vary based on options and equipment added to the deal, chosen term and down payment if any, and credit approval. Perfect credit is not required. Apply today for quick answers!

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  3. Tarpstop Donates to C.E.R.T

    Recently Tarpstop donated a WNL Product, Practi-TRAINER Essentials Universal AED Trainer. This kit comes with the AED Training module and Training pads for both Adult and Child/Infant training. With one of our very own Brian Peterson apart of the Corps we really thought this was a chance to make an impact on the local community up in Taylor, MI. Taylor CERT is known for being there for first aid needs at local events around the city and having this trainer gives them the opportunity not only to make sure the volunteers are properly trained on life saving response but also affords them the opportunity to invite the community to full service training in CPR and First Aid.

    Taylor CERT is part of the local and national Citizens Corps effort to incorporate and utilize volunteers in the community. CERT members are trained in basic response techniques in order to assist local citizens and first responders in disaster or emergency situations.  

    The Taylor CERT Program was established in 2012 under the supervision of the Taylor Fire Department and is dispatched by the Fire Chief.  Overseeing the program is CERT Coordinator Blaine Honeycutt. The concept of CERT originated and was designed by Los Angeles Fire Department in the 1980's and was designed to have citizens help citizens during earthquakes and mudslides that plague the local areas.  After the terror attacks of 9-11, then, sitting President, George W. Bush enacted CERT across the country under the direction of FEMA and Homeland Security. 
     
    For more information on the CERT Program you can click here or head to FEMA's website www.fema.gov.
    See the C.E.R.T page here, http://bit.ly/2Bm4Hyy.
     
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  4. Tie-Down Methods

    Safety is very important when it comes to transporting your load from one place to another. According to the FMCSA all tie-downs must be attached and secured so that it does not become loose or unfastened, open, or release during transit. The location of these tie-downs must be located inboard of the rub rails. The FMCSA also requires one tie-down to secure a load that is five feet or less in length and weighs 1,100 pounds or less.

    How Tie-Downs Can Be Attached

    One way a tie-down can be attached would be to find the anchored point on the trailer and connect it to the tie-down. Using chain or straps you would put it over or around the cargo to the other manufactured trailer point which can be considered an indirect tie-down method. Always be sure to check the weight load limit of the straps or chain you use along with yout tie down in order to drive safely down the road.

    For a direct tie-down method the tie-down can be attached to the truck (or trailer) on one side, passed over the cargo and to the opposite side to the manufactured anchor point. 

    Lastly, to prevent shifting or tipping, cargo is immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by tiedowns along with:

    • Blocking.
    • Bracing.
    • Friction mats.
    • Other cargo.
    • Void fillers.
    • Combination of these.

    FMCSA:

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/drivers-handbook-cargo-securement-chapter-2-general-cargo-securement

    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/cargo-securement-rules

    https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AEX-598.2-11

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