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10 Items That Need Climate-Controlled Storage

Article by Stephanie Hyland and Molly Hammond, Storage.com
Infographic by Ryan Kholousi

A self storage unit can come in handy for anyone in the middle of a move, making room for a new family member, or who needs some additional space at home. But it’s not as simple as renting storage and moving everything to a unit.

There are several items that need special attention in storage, particularly those sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. These items need climate-controlled storage.

What is climate-controlled storage? It’s a storage feature that keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55-85°F year-round and maintains a consistent humidity level. Basically, it’s a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one.

So what kind of items should be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit? Take a look…

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FRA set to impose fines for railroad carriers not Positive Train Control-compliant by end of 2015

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
June 30, 2015

When it comes to the chances of the December 31, 2015 Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline being extended, something which railroads say is badly needed, it appears they need to be prepared to be disappointed.

That was the chief takeaway of a statement from Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

The objective of PTC systems is to prevent train-to-train collisions, overspeed derailments, and incursions into roadway work limits. PTC sends and receives a continuous stream of data transmitted by wireless signals about the location, speed, and direction of trains…

Read entire article at Logistics Management by clicking here.

ATA Lauds Pilot Program to Ease Restrictions on 18-year-old Truck Drivers

The American Trucking Associations has publicly thanked Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and offered its support for her bill to create job opportunities and address the growing shortage of commercial truck drivers by studying lowering the age of commercial drivers in order to operate across state lines.

“In each of the continental United States, a person can get a commercial driver’s license and drive a truck at the age of 18, but federal law prevents them from driving across state lines until they reach the age of 21,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

“It is illogical that a 20-year-old can drive the 500 miles from San Francisco to San Diego, but not the eight miles from Memphis, Tenn., to West Memphis, Arka…

Read entire article at Trucking News Online by clicking here

Video Illustrates Why Finding Good Truck Drivers is So Difficult

We all know that a shortage of good truck drivers is among the top issues facing the trucking industry today, but the question is this: Do we have any idea how tough it is out there for existing drivers?

It’s entirely possible that if more of us acknowledged the enormous — and sometimes heart-breaking challenges that face those on the road, we’d be much better positioned to filling all those open seats in our fleets.

For instance, what’s happened to respect for truck drivers? Too often, truck drivers are treated as second-class citizens for a job that takes over your life. Drivers and their trucks frequently…

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Diesel Prices for Truckers Drop Across the Nation Last Week

For a fifth consecutive week, the price of diesel fuel at truck stops throughout the nation continued to decline with the average price for a gallon of diesel at $2.843, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

That’s down 1.6 cents from the week before and $1.077 from a year ago last week. Prices declined in all regions, with the biggest drop recorded in California where truck drivers paid an average 2.9 cents per gallon less than the week before.

A fill up in the Gulf States saved drivers an average 2.5 cents per gallon. The lowest diesel prices were also in the Gulf States, where a gallon of diesel averaged $2.730 per gallon, followed closely by the Midwest, where prices averaged $2.731...

Read entire article at Trucking News Online by clicking here