Secure your Loads

According to a study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, collisions caused by vehicle-related road debris cause around 25,000 collisions and 100 deaths each year in North America. Road debris can be any object that falls off a vehicle and into the roadway or onto another vehicle.

The most common ways that road debris contributes to collisions is either by causing a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, or by being launched into the windshield of another vehicle. If items in the roadway are particularly large, they can also force drivers to break or change lanes suddenly, increasing the risk of a collision. In the case of an object going through a windshield, the outcomes can be fatal. The best way to avoid these collisions is to secure your own load.

Follow these tips to secure your load:

  • Tie down your load with rope, bungee cords, netting or straps. Tie large items directly to your vehicle.
  • Put lighter weight things at the bottom of the load.
  • Cover your load with a secured tarp or net.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle. Keep material level with the truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted, or covered with a tarp.
  • Always double-check to make sure your load is secured.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Is there any chance of debris falling or blowing out of my vehicle?
  • Would I feel safe if I were driving behind my vehicle?
  • What would happen to my load if I had to brake suddenly or if I hit a bump?
  • Do I need to drive slower than I normally do?
  • Is my load secured at the back, on the sides and on top?
  • Do I need to adjust my tire pressure to compensate for the extra load?