How to carry heavy goods in your van safely
October 12, 2015 at 4:13 PM
Vans are primarily made to carry heavy goods unless it is a luxury van. Correct placing of goods in the van also helps in maintaining stability and control of the vehicle.it has been said that oddly placed goods can cause a van to swerve off or make it hard to control a vehicle. Therefore there should be rules that are able to make sure correct loading is done. Correct placing of weights is also good in maintaining the worth of the van when it comes to increasing the resale value of the van.
There are some well-known methods of how to ensure that you load your van properly. These methods are tested and approved. They include:
Introduction of partitioning systems
For vans that are mostly for repair companies, there usually are a lot of things to carry that are small and might topple over. Therefore there should be a system of restraint that is also able to categorise the items into different types for easier sorting and replacement. Compartments should be introduced at the load section at the back of the van. The compartments should be multiple sizes to ensure they accommodate the different types of materials. For longer materials, the bottom of the van can be made into a compartment by raising the floor a little bit to create a compartment for it.
Introduction of internal and external racking systems
Racking systems are usually fitted to vans that carry multiple types of long material like pipes and rods. If the materials being carried are longer than the carriage section of the van one can be able to install the external carrying racks. The racks should be installed by a certified person with knowledge of safety. The racks, however, should not limit the opening and closing of doors and latches
Installation of lashes and tethers
These can be in the form of ropes, straps, or chains.
They are used to hold on to loads that can topple over in corners or ones that cannot successfully support themselves without moving. The lashes and tethers should be certified and of high quality to avoid tearing or breakage. They should also be used alongside fasteners and stable fastening points. The loads, if possible, should be placed at the centre of the van to stabilise the centre of the gravity of the car
Ensuring that the wheel tyres are the correct pressures
Wheels are the direct contact between the van and the ground. The wheel pressure should be enough to sustain the added loads thus ensuring the tyres are not damaged in the process. The wheel balancing should also be done to ensure that the tyres don’t wear out unevenly
The suspension should be checked
The suspension of the car is the part that balances the whole van and ensures that the weight distribution is even. The suspension should be well serviced and heightened just in case the vehicle carries a heavier load thus not making the car touch the ground at several places like bumps.
In conclusion, if a van is carrying a lot of loads it is supposed to be ready for the enormous task.
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