Safety is the basic underlying thought for all of us, whether it is our own or fellow drivers and pedestrians. However, for trailers, it is one of the most critical aspects of the business. While the driver’s capability in maneuvering a large size trailer and the proper mechanical maintenance of the vehicle are important aspects, nothing comes close to the importance of having a properly secured load on the trailer. This part of the transport business is not as straightforward as you think. Even the most experienced drivers can commit errors leading to huge a catastrophe when it comes to load securing. It is important to always adhere to the laws and guidelines when securing a load properly on a trailer.
Proper cargo management not only helps to prevent lost cargo but also helps to save you from bodily harm. Irrespective of the type of cargo, high speeds and momentum can potentially turn the safest journeys into a disaster.
Here are some safety tips and tricks that can help to prevent grave injuries arising from faulty trailer loading:
The road that you will be driving on will decide the safety precautions that you will take to manage the load on your trailer. Certain roads are more difficult to drive on than others. It is imperative to consider the type of road and road conditions that your load will be exposed to while securing the cargo. Most mapping tools today will have a ready reckoner showing you the road type, weather conditions, the time it will take to reach the destination, etc. This will help you to plan your load in advance and make sure it is well secured.
Stopping and starting
Apart from your driving, the acceleration and deceleration will have a critical impact on your cargo. If you brake too suddenly or accelerate too quickly, you may encounter a shift in the cargo, eventually resulting in the cargo falling off from the base or contents spilling all over the place. Another issue that is relevant to this aspect is cargo distribution. If you have an uneven load of cargo, it can result in serious accidents due to cargo falling or even the trailer overturning due to load impact on one side, especially if you are driving too fast or stop suddenly.
Inspect your cargo frequently
Detecting signs of load shift early will give you a chance to reshuffle the cargo and make sure it is secure.
If you are thinking of buying or renting a trailer, Beothuck Trailers can help. Let us know what you need to transport and we can help with all the critical aspects pertaining to trailer buying or rental.