10 dos and don’ts of load securing

Sprinter with an interlocking load.

How do I load my vehicle with an interlocking load and avoid accidents? The 10 dos and don’ts for correct load securing.

Incorrect load – dangerous and expensive

Even a mobile phone left lying around can have an impact weight of 15 kg if the vehicle brakes suddenly. That is why it is absolutely essential to secure the freight in your van. The correct load distribution is at least as important as properly securing the load. Because what is the point of a well-secured crate if it tips over the next time the van goes around a tight corner? Poorly secured loads can quickly become expensive – in Germany, accidents resulting from incorrect load securing can incur fines ranging from 35 to 100 euros. With the “10 do’s and don’ts of load securing” you can avoid expensive and dangerous incidents.

 
10 tips to secure your load correctly
1. The driver is responsible for the load securing unless the vehicle has been sealed by customs for transfer via the dispatcher.
2. Distribute the load throughout the vehicle so that the individual axles are not overloaded. Otherwise, the vehicle may roll or even tip over, in the worst case.
3. Always check whether the vehicle is suitable for the intended transport.
4. Only transport loads in the cargo area and not in the driver’s cab.
5. Observe the maximum loading forces for the lashing points and lashing equipment. Equip the vehicle with lashing belts, securing nets, anti-slip mats, locking bars and other load securing equipment.
6. Always secure the load – even if you only want to briefly transport something from A to B: because the unexpected can easily happen, especially over short distances across town. Even on journeys like these you may have to brake sharply or swerve to avoid something.
7. The partition in your van is robust, but can easily be damaged. So make sure that there is no charge around loose.
8. Distribute the crates or cartons so that the entire loading surface is covered without leaving any gaps. This prevents anything from slipping and you have created an “interlocking” load. The heavy boxes should always be on the bottom on the lighter ones on top. Bulky furniture or equipment should be positioned in the middle of the loading surface on an anti-slip mat and secured with lashing belts.
9. Remember that stacked loads may suddenly fall out when you open the door if they are not properly secured.
10. When driving, bear in mind that the loaded vehicle will handle differently.
Grey Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in a hangar

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