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How To Best Use Your Navigation System

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Navigation systems are great tools. They’re useful if you’re traveling in a different area, trying to locate a new business, or planning a route. 

However, GPS or other navigation systems should never replace good old common sense. Even when using GPS, here a few things to remember:

  • Your GPS or navigation app may not have the most updated information. Stay alert and watch for any changes that the GPS doesn’t show.
  • If you’re in an unfamiliar area, stay on state roads. Don’t take detours on unknown roads you’ve never traveled before.
  • Change your plans if necessary. If your GPS directs you to a route you’re uncomfortable taking, consult a map, ask a local or stay the night in town. It’s better to postpone your trip than get stuck on an unknown road.
  • Check road conditions by calling 511 or visiting TripCheck.com.

Whether it’s icy roads in winter, or the possibility of summer wildfires, road conditions could change in an instant. Navigation systems are helpful, but don’t rely solely on them to get you to and from your destination.

However, you can rely on FLI! Our team offers the best transport services and has the knowledge and experience to ensure your freight is safe and secure. Contact us today and put your freight shipment in capable hands.

What You Need To Know About Hemp And The Farm Bill

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On December 12, the United States Congress voted to pass the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. In addition to other agricultural policies, the bill confirms the legalization of hemp — the term for cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC — and provisions for its cultivation, sale and transport.

Many farmers and companies were excited by the passage of the Farm Bill, because it will change the hemp industry significantly. 

One of the most important aspects of the Farm Bill is the normalization of hemp and treating it similarly to other agricultural crops. As an extension of this effort to normalize hemp, the Farm Bill includes a provision that allows farmers to take out insurance against any unexpected crop losses incurred during a normal production cycle, such as loss due to fires or droughts.

Since the legislation passed at a federal level, hemp and hemp products will also be allowed to move across state borders.

However, this poses several questions about transporting hemp.

At Freight Logistics, we are committed to helping you navigate this new landscape and answer your questions. We know there’s a lot of information out there, and we want to help ensure you’re receiving the facts so you can make a safe, informed decision.

Honesty, transparency and decades of knowledge are the cornerstones of FLI. Call or email our team today to learn how we can help your business with its freight shipment and transport service needs.

Dangerous Fall Driving Hazards

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The team at FLI loves fall. Beautiful leaves, comfy clothes, apple picking, pumpkin spice and delicious baked goods. Definitely the best season of the year.

But there are also unique road conditions which make travel difficult for commercial and regular drivers. Be aware of these potential hazards and stay safe out there.

Leaves

We love fall foliage, but it could pose a danger on the road. As leaves fall and cover the road, they make streets slicker, obscure traffic markings and cover potholes. When it rains, wet leaves could be as dangerous as ice.

School Traffic

The kiddos are back in school, which means more cars and buses on the road. Watch out for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon as kids walk to and from school.

Glare From The Sun

Sun glare can make it hard to see pedestrians, oncoming traffic or other cars. This could lead to more accidents. Sun glare can also cause problems when the sun sets behind drivers because it bounces off your rearview mirror or reflects off traffic lights, temporarily blinding you for a few seconds. It’s also harder to see traffic lights and know when to stop or go.

Our team loves all the great things about fall, but we know how it’s less desirable qualities affect drivers. With your valuable freight on the road, it’s important to know it’s in good hands. Contact FLI today to learn how we take care of your shipment.

Learn About FLI

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History is an important part of every business. How a company started and where they are today tells a story about how they do business and why they do what they do.

FLI is proud of our history!

Did you know we started in 2003 as a team of only 10 people, and we arranged transportation for about 100 loads a month?

Well, we have grown a lot since then.

Due to a lot of hard work and elbow grease from our team, we developed a vision for the future and forged ahead. Today, FLI’s team is close to 40 people and we move nearly 100 loads a day

We have developed into a successful employee-owned company and we want to shower you with all the experience and knowledge we’ve gained over the past 16 years.

FLI found a way to keep the small office feeling of friendship, respect, and reliability, but deliver big business results, security and success. We want you to reap the benefits of our hard work. Reach out to FLI to learn how our team makes shipping your freight a breeze. 

Visit These Roadside Attractions

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Whether you drive for a living or take the family on a road trip, driving for long periods of time can get boring. And if you’re the one driving, you have to maintain focus at all times.

That’s why it’s important to set aside time to stop and smell the roses. You can still be efficient but carve out “me time” and see some of America’s best roadside attractions. Here are three you don’t want to miss!

Grants Pass Caveman

Grants Pass, OR

Guarding the city, this caveman has stood proud for over 45 years. He’s 17 feet tall and perched on a large rock. Stop and take a picture with this giant so you’ll always remember Grants Pass.

Ghost Town

Oatman, Arizona

Are you a fan of the Wild West? Experience the real thing and see actors in fake gun fights, donkeys, lots of shops and plenty of Old West charm.

Shoshone Ice Caves

Shoshone, Idaho

Regardless of the temperature outside, these caves remain a frigid 30 degrees. As you enter, you’ll see several statues; of caveman, a dinosaur and a statue of Chief Wasakie.

It’s important to find respite on the road. Make time for you and visit these classic American roadside attractions. 

FLI also wants to make your freight shipment as smooth and easy as possible. Contact our team if you’re looking for a new (and the best!) partner in the transportation industry.

Proud Of Our Payment Terms

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It’s a sad reality, but this doesn’t happen when you partner with FLI.

Our standard payment terms for all carriers are 10-day pay by check from the date we receive an invoice and a signed BOL/POD. 

We also offer fuel advances and immediate pay upon delivery — available by Comcheck — for all carriers that need to get their money faster. Our goal is to make the payment process as simple as possible.

You work hard for us and we appreciate everything you do. That’s why we believe in an efficient, easy and transparent payment system. You can learn all about our payment process on our website.

When you’re ready to leave behind the frustrations of previous payment problems, give the FLI team a call. Let’s deliver together!

Services We Offer

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We are your transportation experts!

How? You may ask.

FLI offers a complete suite of services which makes shipping your freight a breeze. Because of our experienced staff, we’re able to respond quickly to secure the best equipment for your shipment and follow through with tracking from start to finish. 

But that’s only the beginning.

FLI also provides:

Truckload services

  • Flatbed
  • Step deck 
  • Curtain van
  • Dry van
  • Temperature controlled
  • Power only

LTL services

  • We offer the same level of customer service and dedication, no matter what the size of the shipment.

Specialized Equipment 

  • Heavy haul
  • Over dimensional
  • High cargo

Logistics Management

  • We develop a logistics management process which lets us handle all your transportation services and protects your interests. 

With FLI, all your transportation needs will be met. When you’re ready to do business in a positive, stress-free partnership, reach out to our team for more information.

Safe Driving Habits

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Are you a safe driver?

Summertime means more vacations and an increased number of cars on the road. Most drivers — yourself included — are usually traveling with the kids, friends or pets, which means you could be more distracted. Whether it’s due to other drivers or chaos inside the car, it’s important to keep your focus while driving.

Here are 3 ways to reduce driving distractions:

  • Turn off your phone or put it in “do not disturb” mode.
  • Know where you’re going. Before you leave, program your destination into your navigation system.
  • Create spaces for your passengers. Whether you’re driving with your kids or pets — or both! — make sure they have their own space and are safely secured in the back seat.

By practicing these simple techniques, you’ll reduce distractions and set a good example for other drivers and your passengers.

FLI believes in road safety for all vehicles — passenger and commercial. We hold our people to the highest standards and would love to tell you more about it. Visit our website or call our team to learn about our best practices and how we can help you.

We Believe In Clear Communication

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Communication is important in life, and in business.

Especially in the transportation industry.

You need to know every detail about your freight to ensure it’s taken care of and the shipment moves smoothly from start to finish.

FLI believes in this type of transparency, and we always strive to provide you with clear, honest information.

We also use our website to offer up-to-date information on available loads, so you can get your truck loaded and on the road.

FLI values our marvelous customers because we know that without you, we wouldn’t exist!

If you’re looking to partner with a company which values you, your freight and your time, give us a call! We’d love to chat with you.

How To Stay Hydrated

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Hot temperatures have arrived, and it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated.

Whether you drive cross-country for work, or embark on a family road trip, these tips will help you stay hydrated during the summer months.

Combine water with fresh fruit

Not a fan of plain water? Mix it up by adding in your favorite fruits or veggies to create new flavor combinations. Or try sparkling water, which has natural carbonation and all the great benefits of regular water.

Increase electrolytes

If you are dehydrated, drink something with electrolytes to rehydrate faster. However, watch out for added sugars that are often in drinks with electrolytes, such as sports drinks. To limit the amount of extra, unnecessary sugar, try a healthier option like coconut water.

Eat water-rich foods

You don’t have to get your water only in liquid form. Foods such as pineapple, strawberries, celery, cucumber and broccoli also help you rehydrate. 

Put your health and body first this summer by staying hydrated. When you’re healthy, everything else falls into place. 

FLI knows a healthy business is also important. Our team works with you to ensure your transportation needs are met and everything works like a well-oiled machine. Reach out to our awesome representatives to learn how to partner with us.