Deadly problem on Americas highways: Drivers aren’t taking the time to tie down their loads
According to an AAA study over the past four years more than 200,000 crashes involved debris on the roadway.
“If you’re down the road and something comes off because you didn’t took the time to look over your load that you tied down you could potentially hurt somebody and you would be liable for it,” Joplin Dubose, load expert at Rental Guys.
To avoid causing an accident first you need a rope or a ratchet straps to secure your load.
“You want to go over the top to keep the pressure down, and you want to go, if it’s going to have sideways movement, strap it to where it’s going to hold the one side or strap it forward,” said Julius Delporto, a driver at Rental Guys. “Furniture you go over the top multiple times.”
If you are going to use rope you must know how to tie a knot but ratchet straps make it easier.
“You just want to slide it through,” Delporto said.
After you’ve secured your load you must tie up or coil up your excess strap. Heavier loads, like a quad bike or heavy equipment, require chains and chain binders.
“You just use a four point tie down, one on each corner,” Dubose said.
If you’re floating down the river, don’t strap your rafts on the top of your car, haul them deflated.
If you’re going to take you thrash to the dump, you must strap it and cover it otherwise you’ll pay an additional fee.