Securing Your Cargo Correctly Is Important

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Carrying firewood should be easy. One tower didn't secure his load of wood and almost cause a fatal accident.

Carrying firewood should be easy. One tower didn’t secure his load of wood and almost cause a fatal accident.

Pulling a trailer and securing cargo safely, whether small or large, requires knowledge of the trailer and cargo.  When hauling a trailer, it is important to hold yourself to a high standard of safety to avoid accidents.

Once we were following a small pickup that had been loaded with fire wood. The load was light, but one of the two foot logs bounced from the truck and headed directly toward us. This deadly missile barely missed our windshield, but did put an incredibly big dent into the hood of our car. We were lucky, and so was the person hauling the wood.

Here are some trailer safety tips to help ensure that your load is securely tied down:

Always read your Trailer’s Operators Manual before loading or towing your trailer.

Know what the load rating of your trailer is. Trailers should all have a Federal Certification/VIN Tag (Vehicle Identification Number) located on the forward half of the left side of the trailer. The same number can also be found in your trailer’s Operator’s Manual.

Know what the weight of the equipment or materials that you are hauling. Determine the weight on a certified scale or by referencing the equipment’s Owner’s Manual.

Every load needs a slightly different tie-down system. This system will vary depending on the equipment that you are hauling and the trailer you are pulling. Whichever trailer you are using, know the load limits, and don’t overload the trailer or any of its individual axels. If you get close to the maximum trailer capacity, come in to Trailer Boss and we can get you hooked up with the next heavier capacity trailer.

To safeguard safety during the time you are hauling, intermittently pull over and check to make sure everything is appropriately secured. Whatever tie-down system you are using, there is a chance that they will shift or stretch. Re-inspecting the tension on tie-downs and security of cargo periodically, especially if when driving on rough roads, is good practice to ensure safety.

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