If you own a pick up truck, SUV or Jeep, besides being able to go anywhere with your 4×4, you also usually have plenty of utility to haul cargo. While not all 4×4 vehicles offer the convenience of easy cargo hauling- many do. And if you haul cargo often or are looking to purchase a vehicle in order to do so, here are some tips on hauling and securing cargo safely.
Gross Weight for Your Truck
First off, your truck can only haul so much weight in its bed. So make sure you read the owner’s manual and only haul what is recommended. Anything over the limit and your truck may have problems braking, with acceleration and even burn out the transmission. So the first rule of thumb is to haul what is reasonably capable for your vehicle. Keep in mind the elevations that your vehicle will have to climb. Even with a regular load, if you are climbing up a hill, you can put undue burden onto your vehicle and damage it.
Secure Your Objects Safely
Today, with better designed straps, it is easier and much safer to secure a wide range of items in your truck bed. Before setting out on your journey, check your straps and the load. You don’t want items moving back and forth or too much slack in the strap- if you ever hit a big bump or are in an accident, your load and truck can be damaged.
Balance Your Load
Just like big rig hauling, make sure you balance your load when hauling heavy items. A heavy load that is balanced incorrectly can cause your suspension problems and affect handling. In extreme cases, it can even cause you to tip over if going around a very sharp corner.