Successful transportation of cargo depends on correct load securing. Wrongful loading does not just put the product at risk of getting damaged; it likewise makes it difficult to handle the vehicle, exposing the driver and the goods to danger.
Here are four load securing tips you should always observe:
Strap the goods appropriately
No matter the size of the load, always secure it before firing up the engine of your truck. A sure way to secure your goods from movement during transportation is through polyester pet strapping solutions. Unlike steel strapping, polyester strapping has a high consistent tensile strength and remarkable elongation, keeping your goods secure while on the road.
Distribute the weight of the load
If you are using crates or cartons, make sure you distribute them appropriately on the loading surface. Place a larger portion of the load towards the front of the vehicle to avoid the irritating fishtailing effect. Position the heavier boxes and cartons on the bottom and the lightest at the top. Always use an anti-slip mat, especially if you are transporting furniture.
Mark wide loads appropriately
Sometimes, the load you want to transport extends three feet or more beyond the body of your truck. In such instances, you need to mark the load using a red flag to alert other drivers. If you will be transporting the cargo at night, you can use a red light or a reflector sign to mark it.
Fill gaps between boxes and cartons
Spaces between packages can result in movement of goods during transportation, especially when turning corners or braking. Such movement can make handling the vehicle a nightmare. You can always use airbags, wooden planks or paper boards. Where the space is too large, consider using wood bracing instead.
Transporting loads can be difficult, even dangerous at times. However, by making sure the cargo is properly secured, you can take much of the stress involved out of the way.