Get A Truck Bed Net For Safe Hauling on the Highway
Posted: Dec 15, 2013
If you’re like most truck owners you have a habit of tossing items into your bed without really thinking about it. What difference does it make, you haven’t lost anything yet, right? But just because nothing has happened yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t. It is estimated that lost cargo from vehicles accounts for nearly $50 billion in losses and 25,000 accidents in the U.S. each year.
A truck bed net is a useful accessory for all pickup owners, and can save you a lot of money in the log run. Throughout the U.S. and Canada drivers are subject to heavy fines should they fail to secure their cargo properly, and you don’t even have to drop anything first! If your load is unwieldy or unstable, you are at risk of a ticket. As well, if you actually do lose something on to the road behind you, you can add a penalty for littering on top of that.
Cargo-Loading Tips for Your Truck Bed
Installing a sturdy, well-made and certified truck bed net for your freight is the last step in the process of safe cargo-loading techniques. If you are headed out onto the road with a large amount of disparate items, remember to keep the following tips in mind.
- Ensure that your truck bed has tie-down anchor points for your cargo net to secure to properly.
- Pile your items closest to the cab first.
- If you can without harming your cargo, place heavier items on top of lighter ones to assist in holding them down.
- Place items as close as you can together. If there are gaps, try to fill them in with other items or stuff filling or blankets into the openings.
- Use an additional truck bed net mesh for very small items.
- Try not to pile items higher than the sides of your truck.
- Always be well aware of the optimum amount of weight your truck can manage.
- Have someone check your load before leaving to make sure you have all the straps as tight as possible and you have correctly attached your cargo net.
Do your best to operate your truck as smoothly as possible, and remain well behind other drivers. Watch a good distance down the road and try to anticipate the movements of others on the road. Avoid quick reactions and keep your speed down to be as safe as possible.
Interior Cargo Nets
For those that carry a lot of items in their backseat, consider an interior cargo net. Loose items can become deadly projectiles in the event of an accident. Several people are injured yearly by everything from clipboards to cellphones inside their vehicles when in a collision.
Quarantine cargo nets are the toughest and most versatile available on the market. We have both interior and exterior restraint systems available, as well as gear for your trailer. Locate a dealer today.