Our aim is to reduce the amount of accidents caused by unsecured loads on Auckland’s motorways. Continue for our three easy steps on how to safely secure your load.
Unsecured Loads Can Cause Injury Or Death
Phone *555 to report any unsecured loads
STEP 1: LOAD IT UP
Look in the vehicle manual, spread the load evenly and put larger, heavier items at bottom of load.
- Look in the vehicle manual for the maximum weight your vehicle can tow.
- Spread the load evenly across the floor or deck of the vehicle, to keep its height as low as possible.
- If you have to stack the load, put larger and heavier items at the bottom.
- Minimise any projecting loads so you reduce the risk of injury to the driver, passengers and other road users.
- Position loads on trailers as close to the axle as possible. Avoid placing heavier loads towards the rear of the trailer.
STEP 2: TIE IT DOWN
Fasten the load with at least two lashings, secure to anchorage points. Check lashings during journey.
- Fasten the load to the vehicle using at least two lashings (web strappings, ropes or chains) to prevent the load, or part of the load, from twisting, rotating, pivoting or slewing.
- Secure lashings to suitable anchorage points (rails, hooks or eyes) on the vehicle. If the vehicle doesn’t have suitable anchorage points, see if these can be fitted to the vehicle or use a vehicle that has suitable anchorage points.
- Tighten the lashings before beginning your journey. Check them during the journey and tighten the lashings again if necessary.
- If the load extends more than 200mm beyond the sides of the vehicle or trailer, or more than 100mm beyond the front or back of the vehicle, attach suitable warning device(s) to it (either hazard lights or flags depending on time of day).
STEP 3: CHECK IT OUT
Check tow bar, your vehicle’s brakes and trailer brakes. Check all lights and tyres and that your load is properly secured.
- Check the tow bar points downwards before placing the trailer onto the vehicle tow bar.
- Make test stops at low speed to check the feel of your vehicle’s brakes.
- Check all doors, hatches, covers and any load or equipment are properly secured.
- Check any securing ropes and straps are tight. The load in your trailer may have settled due to road vibration and slackened off.
- Check the coupling and safety chains are properly fastened.
- Check trailer brakes (where fitted), tyres and wheel bearings are not overheating.
- Check all lights are still working.
- Check tyres are still correctly inflated.