Secure Your Loads

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Be Responsible, Secure your Load and Stop Litter!

Please do your part to help prevent litter, accidents and pollution. When using any vehicle or trailer to haul material, take a few minutes to secure the load. You are responsible for it; it's also the law!

Tips for Securing Loads
Some of the following tips are targeted to the driver because he/she is the one physically transporting the cargo to its destination and, therefore, directly exposed to the hazards involved in the transport operation.

  • Before the vehicle is loaded, check that its load platform, bodywork, and any load securing equipment are in sound and serviceable condition.Secure Load 1
  • Check that the cargo securing equipment is appropriate for the limits it will encounter during the journey.  Emergency braking, strong cornering to avoid and obstacle, bad road or weather conditions have to be considered as normal circumstances likely to happen during a journey.  The securing equipment must be able to withstand these conditions.
  • Secure the cargo in such a way that it can not shove away, roll-over, or wander because of vibrations, fall off the vehicle, or make the vehicle tip over.
  • Tie down items with rope, bungee cords or adjustable straps. Tie large items directly to the vehicle or trailer.Secure Load
  • Cover your load with a sturdy, reinforced plastic or canvas tarp.
  • Don't overload. Keep material level with the top of truck bed or trailer.
  • Make sure brush and debris are not overhanging vehicle/trailer or dragging on road. 
  • Each time cargo has been (un)loaded or redistributed, inspect the cargo and check for overload and/or poorly balanced weight distribution before starting.  Ensure that the cargo is distributed in such a way that the center of gravity of the total cargo lies as close as possible to the longitudinal axis and is kept as low as possible: heavier goods under, lighter goods above.
  • Always double check your load and be aware of it while driving.
  • Drive smoothly, adapt your speed to the circumstances so as to avoid a sharp change of direction and heavy braking.  If you follow this advice, the forces exerted by the cargo will remain low and you should not encounter any problems.

Examples of a Non-Secure Load         

  • Don't Overload Secure Load 3
    The load in this pickup bed is well above the sides, top and back of the truck and lacks any means of being secured. Debris can easily fall or fly out of this overloaded pickup bed. This load is NOT secured. 


  • Tarp or Net Needed Secure Load 4
    Debris can easily blow out of the bed of this truck. Put lighter weight items at the bottom of the load. The load needs to be covered with a tarp or net. This load is NOT secured. 


For more information on oversized load and weight restrictions or permits please click on the following Florida Department of Transportation links:

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Safety Regulations and Permit Fees For Overweight and Over Dimensional Vehicles

Oversized/Overweight Permits For Divisible Loads

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