May 31, 2023

Secure your load, it could save a life

Safe driving goes beyond the steering wheel; it extends to your whole vehicle and trailer when you hit the road.

As a responsible driver, it’s important to prioritize safety not just when behind the wheel, but also when carrying cargo in your vehicle and trailer. Ensuring that all items are properly secured is crucial as falling objects or debris can pose a serious threat to other drivers and pedestrians on the road.

Unsecured loads can fall from your vehicle, causing injuries or even fatalities. It’s important to note that Idaho code mandates all loads to be secured to prevent such hazards.

Before hitting the road, take the time to check that your load is safely secured from all sides and angles, and that nothing can fall or blow out. Remember to consider sudden stops or bumps, as well as potential collisions with other vehicles. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you would feel safe driving behind your own loaded vehicle.

Follow these tips to ensure you properly secure your cargo:

Tie it down with rope, netting, or straps.

Tie large objects directly to your vehicle or trailer.

Consider covering the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.

Don’t overload your vehicle or trailer.

Always double-check your load to make sure it’s secure.

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