Unsure loading of cargo makes your van prone to accidents. When drivers do not load the cargo properly, it increases the risk of moving the items around the load area especially during turning or braking which could cause the van to roll over. Today professional drivers of pick-up trucks, tippers, and dropsides without securing their load run the risk of having objects fall from the vehicles onto the road.
Taking an effective load securing measures prevents goods from moving, falling and shifting onto the road and it also reduces the chances of accidents. Unsafe loads on vehicles cost UK businesses millions of pounds in damaged goods. If drivers ensure that goods do not fall from the vehicle during transit and reached at a destination without any damage to infrastructure saves money.
Planning your load
When you know in advance how many items you should transport will help to maximize the space in the van and load the cargo in sequence like in rows. Start from loading heavy and large items first and also distribute the weight of heavy items equally on the floor surface area of your van and also make sure not to overload it.
It is common sense and important to remember that whatever you load first will be unloaded last. Having a loading plan can help to systematically organize how your van is loaded.
Securing items in the back of a van
Planning is an important step to secure the load and keeping the workers and road users safe. The load should be securely restrained and contained. The type of securing method used depends upon the load are transporting. You need to choose a securing method that stops the load from moving or falling without creating other risks.
Tether your content
You can also use webbing and lashing straps to secure the objects from moving around the van. Regularly examine the webbing straps because even a small cut or tear can reduce its strength and ability to secure the cargo. And items should be load in the direction of travel.
Line the load floor
If your van doesn’t already have a floor lining, you might consider lining it with 3/4″ plywood – it makes a good base for non-slip solutions to go on. You can also add heavy rubber mats that can be extended across the floor of your van. The rubber mats help to minimize the amount of friction and also provides more stability when walking inside the van. Mats can also stop the chances of sliding the cargo during transit.
Cover the contents
If your vehicle has an open load area, for example, a pick-up truck or tipper, it’s advisable to cover your cargo with tarpaulin or netting. The material you are using tightly secure with to a solid part of the vehicle before starting your journey.