Load restraining tips

20 practical load restraint tips

1. Always secure your load, however short the journey.

2. Always observe the load-bearing capacity of the restraint devices used.

3. Equip your vehicle with lashing belts, nets, friction mats, restraint bars and other load-securing aids.

4. Remember that when articles are stacked one on top of the other, they could fall out when the door is opened if they are not specially secured.

5. Ensure that your cargo is as firmly secured in place as you, the driver.

6. Use the load-securing devices fitted in your vehicle.

7. In an open vehicle, cargo should be secured so that it cannot be blown from the vehicle.

8. Adapt your driving style to take account of the changed handling behaviour of a laden vehicle.

9. Do not exceed the payload or axle load ratings of your vehicle.

10. Always load the heaviest items at the bottom.

11. Always secure high loads against the danger of tipping, too.

12. Remember that a bulkhead cannot replace the adequate securing of a load.

13. Secure hazardous goods with particular care.

14. Follow the same procedures when securing loads on a trailer as when securing loads on a vehicle.

15. Exercise particular care when securing loads on the roof of the vehicle.

16. Avoid gaps in the cargo load. If this is not possible, make sure that they are filled.

17. Only carry loads in the load compartment, not in the cab/passenger compartment.

18. Check your tyre pressures regularly.

19. Remember that your cargo must remain secure even in the event of emergency braking and evasive manoeuvres and on rough roads.

20. Always make sure that the load is evenly distributed.