Safe Towing: Trailer Load Security

| 10/10/2012 3:21:00 PM

Editor in Chief Hank Will, in his International.Road vibration, wind, bouncing and time will all work together to cause a seemingly-secure trailer load to move, and once it starts moving, there's a disaster in the making.

That disaster, should it happen, has the potential to point a fortune's worth of liability right at the operator. Here are a few common sense rules worth keeping in mind when dealing with load security.

1. You and you alone are responsible for the integrity and safety of your load.

2. Know the weight of your load, distribute it as widely over the surface of the trailer as you can.

3. Secure the load to your trailer with sufficient load-rated or DOT approved straps, chains and/or binders so that if the trailer were to flip on its side, your load would not come loose.

4. Follow approved methods for securing vehicles or other wheeled machinery to your trailer — if you are hauling a loader tractor, attach it to the trailer at each wheeled corner and the loader independently.