Attention Truck Drivers: Contain Your Cargo

Recently we examined the top 20 truck driver cargo securement violations which lead to commercial vehicles being placed out-of-service. Bay and Bay Transportation also challenged you to become a cargo securement superstar and post the top 20 list in the cab of your rig.

So…how did it go?

When you take the extra few minutes to look over the contents of your trailer, you reduce the amount of shifting, tipping, sliding, falling, and unnecessary crushing of trailer goods. Securing your cargo isn’t just about doing it by-the-book (although that’s part of it); it’s about being a professional.

Cargo that is not properly in place and tied down poses greater safety risks to those who unload trailers. It also increases distractions for you as a driver, and can hurt a transportation service’s reputation and safety ratings should they deliver damaged loads.

Let’s take a look at some pointers for containing your cargo:

  • Secure your other equipment, as well as your load. Items such as tarps, chains, spare tires, ratchets, etc. should be placed so that they do not shift around or fall while in route.
  • Use equipment that is in proper condition. Inspect your tie downs regularly for defects such as wear on synthetic webbing, and stripping on steel strapping or anchor points.
  • Check. And check again. Be diligent in ensuring that your load will not leak, fall, shift, spill, or otherwise create damage and instability for the vehicle. When in doubt, get a second opinion for how to transport unique shipments.
  • Do your research. Pick up a free copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s This outlines the minimum safety standards for safely carrying cargo.
  • Want to go the extra mile? Snag an easy to read handbook on cargo securement from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It will run you around $35.

If you have some tips for how you pack your rig, let us know! Bay and Bay Transportation values safe, consistent, and quality transportation services for our customers. If you’re a cargo securement superstar, we want to hear from you. Contact us today to learn about our opportunities for professional growth in the transportation service industry.