As a driver of a flatbed trailer, it is vital to know how to load a flatbed trailer. This is because most carriers are required to act as cargo loaders. To ensure the safety and stability of the cargo, as well as the safety of the driver while in transit, here are some safety tips for transporting cargo on a flatbed trailer.
- Total load weight. Before loading the cargo, you should know the total weight of the load first. And make sure that the total weight does not exceed the G.V.M.R. of the flatbed trailer. When this value is exceeded, it may cause damage to the semi-trailer. Also, it will increase the risk of collision or flat tire.
- Load balancing. Different areas of the flatbed are capable of carrying different weights. So, you need to make sure that a particular area of the flatbed is not loaded beyond its capacity. Heavier loads need to be placed on the floor and arranged above the axles of the flatbed. Also, there is another rule: place about 60% of the items on the front half of the flatbed trailer.
- Fixed loads. Tie-downs, chains, or tensioning devices are common types of fixed loads. Ensuring that the straps are tight and secure ensures that the load is balanced on the trailer. Fixed loads also include tarps to protect the cargo from the wind and sun and securely fasten it to the vehicle.
- Check the trailer. Before every trip, you need to check your trailer for signs of wear and tear. You need to check the tires, brakes, lights and tethers and make sure they are in good condition.
- Observe the traffic rules. When transporting cargo on flatbeds, it is important to comply with traffic rules. This includes limits on speed, as well as height restrictions. Exceeding the speed limit may lead to a serious car accident. If the height limit is exceeded, it may lead to damage to the cargo.
By following these safety tips, you can help ensure the safe and secure transport of your cargo on a flatbed trailer. If you need to purchase a flatbed trailer to start your transportation plan, feel free to contact Three Horses Trailer and we will provide you with quality products and services.