Secure your truck load and you could SAVE LIVES!
_Have you ever been driving along the highway and suddenly litter flies out of the open bed of a pick-up or debris falls off the back of a truck in front of you? Maybe you had to brake hard or swerve suddenly to avoid a collision. Serious problems arise when items such as ladders, mattresses, furniture, landscaping supplies and construction debris fall off of trailers or other vehicles.
Unsecured loads are responsible for about 25,000 accidents each year in North America, resulting in approximately 80-90 DEATHS. (Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety).
5 ways to secure a pick up truck load......
_Tie It Down. Large or heavy items should be firmly secured with solid straps, rope, bungee cords, or netting. Tie large items directly to your vehicle. Small string is not adequate – tie down materials must be able to withstand the wind loads of 70 mph on the highway. A lot of people are not aware that at 70 mph, wind is providing about a 20-pound-per-square- foot push on those loads, which can dislodge those loads and push them right off your vehicle. Don’t use restraints if they are frayed, cut or damaged in any way.
Cover It Up.
For loose, lighter items such as tree clippings, a sturdy plastic or canvas tarp or netting can be used to keep items in place. Tie the tarp securely, or it might become road debris as well.
Lighter Goes Lower. Put lighter weight things at the bottom of the load and make sure they are secure.
Evenly distribute the load to prevent it from sliding.
Keep material level with truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted or tarped. Materials below the truck bed should also be secured if there’s any chance of them blowing out or falling from the vehicle.
Double check your load to make sure it is secure at the back and on the sides and top. Remember that loads can move and settle during a journey, allowing restraints to loosen. If possible, recheck restraints shortly after beginning your trip.