Tips for Drivers: Efficiently Loading Semi-Trucks

Whether it is drums, cargo wrapped and placed on skids, or individually wrapped commodities, it is important to pack any semi-truck properly. Knowing that the maximum gross vehicle weight should not exceed 40 tons, figuring the load size has to be the first consideration when packing. Next, ensure that you have the proper equipment such as a forklift or hand truck for moving the cargo into the trailer.

After securing the trailer, it is essential to even out the weight of the cargo starting at the front of the trailer and moving back ensuring to place the load between the trailer tandems and the drive axles so as to have better pulling power. In order to prevent the load shifting during transit, use any of the following to secure the cargo: lashing tie-downs, expandable braces, netting, cables, ropes, latching belts, steel wire, plastic wrapping, chains, nylon tape, or tensioners. Following packing the shipment, weigh the truck to safeguard equal weight distribution over the axles and then finalize any modifications with dispatch in order to guarantee satisfaction of state-by-state regulations.

An improperly packed truck can not only cause unnecessary wear and tear to any vehicle, it can also raise costs for a company. Be sure to follow all standard procedures when loading any semi-truck.



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