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Posted on: June 2, 2022


Secure Loads

Driving with an unsecured load is both against the law and extremely dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, unsecured loads resulted in 82,479 crashes, 16,595 injuries and 715 deaths in a single year.
Today is National Secure Your Load Day!   
Here are some tips to make sure your load is secure and you’re driving safe on our Virginia road.
• Tie down using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
• Put lighter items lower and place heavier items on top to help keep them in place and secure the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
• Cover your load with a tarp. Covering your load with a tarp and then securely fastening the tarp to the vehicle is good way to ensure that your load is secure.
• Don’t overload your vehicle.
• Double-check that your load is secure.
Questions to ask yourself:
• Is there any chance of debris or cargo falling or blowing out of my vehicle?
• Is my load secured at the back, sides, and top?
• What would happen to my load if I had to brake suddenly or if I hit a bump?
• Would I feel safe if I were driving behind my vehicle?
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This message brought to you by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office

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