Safety Comes First
According to AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, poorly secured loads are responsible for more than 25,000 crashes and approximately 90 fatalities in the U.S. each year. And on top of that, there are all those nonfatal injuries to drivers behind you and damage to their vehicles. Guess who’s responsible if something falls off your truck and injures somebody? Yup, you.
We checked with auto experts to find the best ways to secure loads on a pickup. Then we drove our pickup to the nearest Menards home center and loaded it with common DIY materials to show you how to properly secure them. You may think our tie-down methods are over the top, but securing a load to your vehicle isn’t just about making sure it all gets home. It’s about getting it all home without harming anybody.
You can use these methods when you’re moving furniture and other household goods, too. They’re just as likely to fly off your vehicle and cause injury, and you’ll be just as liable.
Hauling is Dangerous!
• In California, 155 people were killed in a two-year period by objects spilled onto roads.
• In Georgia, 66 percent of road debris is the result of junk flying off vehicles.
• In California, an estimated 140,000 cu. yds. of road debris is the result of improperly secured loads.
Read on for expert DIY tips on how to transport things safely in your truck.