According to AAA's Foundation for
Traffic Safety, poorly secured loads
are responsible for more than 25,000
crashes and approximately 90 fatalities
in this country each year. And on top of
that, there are all those nonfatal
injuries to drivers behind you and
damage to their vehicles. Guess who's
responsible if something falls off your
truck and injures somebody? Yup, you.
We checked with experts to find the
best ways to secure loads on a pickup.
Then we drove our pickup to the nearest
Menards home center and loaded it
with common DIY materials to show
you how to properly secure them. You
may think our tie-down methods are
over the top, but securing a load to your
vehicle isn't just about making sure it
all gets home. It's about getting it all
home without harming anybody.
You can use these methods when
you’re moving furniture and other
household goods too. They're just as
likely to fly off your vehicle and cause
injury, and you'll be just as liable.
Know the ropes—er, ratchet straps
Hauling is Dangerous!
- In California, 155 people were killed
in a two-year period by objects
spilled onto roads.
- In Georgia, 66 percent of road
debris is the result of junk flying off
- In California, an estimated 140,000
cu. yds. of road debris is the result
of improperly secured loads.
Support and protect drywall
Use a cargo net for bulky loads
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Tailgate can be up for light 8- to 10-ft. loads
After you've secured your load,
make sure you attach a red flag on
the end. It's required by law. Most
home centers provide them for
free. Just make sure you staple the
heck out of it to prevent it from
ripping off while you're tooling
down the highway.