According to the Business Insider website, the US trucking business is responsible for 70% of conveyed goods. They are a crucial part of the transportation system and contribute significantly to the country’s freight system. However, it is important to have adequate knowledge of packing your items into trucks. Even though they are large and convenient, you must ensure your items are safe and secure. Below are a few ways to do that.
- Get a specific trailer
The trailer comes in handy, especially when you plan on long distance moving. It is designed to carry several heavy items or equipment at once. Trailers, made from aluminum, steel, or both, are built to travel long distances while keeping your items in place. However, there are different types of trailers, and what you opt for will depend on the items you plan to convey. Examples are the standard flatbed trailer, reefer, step-deck, double drop, etc.
The standard flatbeds are pretty common, especially because they carry lumber, steel, construction equipment, etc. Knowing the types available helps you determine which one can best convey your specific items. You do not want to opt for the wrong type of trailer that doesn’t meet your purpose.
- Do not exceed the weight the truck can carry
One of the first rules to adhere to is knowing the exact weight of what you intend to convey with the truck. So how do you calculate the weight of the items you plan on loading into the truck? While there is the option to use portable truck scales, you can explore other options.
First of all, check the manual that came with the truck. If it is a reefer truck or trailer, automatically, it can only carry fewer things. On the other hand, if the manual specifically indicates the approximate load the truck can handle, it is safer to stick with that. An overloaded truck runs the risk of tipping over to the side. This will inadvertently cause damage to your items. Sometimes, the load is the right weight but may extend beyond the truck’s floor room. It is advisable to get a truck bed sliding tray to accommodate the extension if you notice this.
- Secure the load or packed items
Although most trucks are enclosed, when items are left unstrapped, it increases the risk of damaging your valuable belongings—the constant shifting and tumbling as the truck moves causes this. Usually, ratchet straps are the best materials used to hold items down. Others prefer to use the cargo net, but that cannot stabilize larger items or secure them properly.
- Avoid using ropes and bungee cords
While this is debatable, the fact is that ropes and bungee cords cannot safeguard your belongings on the truck if the road is bumpy. It might be safe to use if you know the nature of the terrain. However, the most advisable move here is to prepare for the worst at all times. Therefore, it helps to seek other reliable tools to secure your items.
If you have the license to drive such a truck, there may be no problem conveying the items yourself. If you don’t, you may want to start looking for a trucking company to help you out.