Securing Loads

Many traffic accidents are caused by unsecured or inadequately secured loads. Seven basic rules should be observed for securing loads:
  1. Suitable vehicles should always be used.
  2. The maximum permissible gross vehicle weight and axle load should not be exceeded, loads falling short of the minimum axle load should be avoided.
  3. The point of gravity of the load should be on the longitudinal median plane of the vehicle and be located as low as possible.
  4. The load has to be stowed and secured in a way that prevents it from moving, shifting, rolling or falling off.
  5. Suitable safeguarding devices, such as wedges, studs, nets or lashing straps, etc. should be used.
  6. The transported goods must not be damaged through loading or securing.
  7. The driving speed has to be adjusted to the load.