Car Carrier Safety
Getting a load down the highway or just across town requires specific attention to the cargo. This starts with how you load your car carrier. As simple as it may sound, loading a commercial car carrier differs if it is an open customized car carrier or a closed one.
Let’s take a closer look at how you would load either of these car carrier trailers.
Loading An Open Car Carrier
Here is how you load a vehicle onto an open car carrier. Large car carriers come with heavy-duty ramps. Pull them out and secure them. Next, line up the vehicle you intend to load into the carrier with the ramps. Drive the vehicle up the ramp slowly until it is on the carrier. Apply the parking brake, then secure the vehicle further by attaching the security chains and fasteners. Remove ramps putting them back where they came from and check to ensure that the vehicle is secure. Follow this up with a short test drive in the area and once again check to make sure the vehicle remains secure. Now you can transport your load.
Loading An Enclosed Car Carrier
The first step to loading a vehicle into an enclosed car carrier is to set up a ramp that can carry the weight of the vehicle you are loading and that it is secured so that the front bumper of the vehicle you are loading does not get damaged. Prepare the vehicle for loading by folding the mirrors inward, lowering the antenna, and releasing the parking brake. Locate the vehicle’s tow mount and attach the jenny and move the vehicle into the car carrier. Position the vehicle so that it does not cause the carrier to sway when in motion. Apply the parking brake, and tie the vehicle down. Secure the escape doors, lift the ramp and you are ready to transport.
To transport vehicles legally within Australia, several capacity guidelines must be met. They include the following:
Width, Height, and Length
There are set maximums of these measurements that define the space you can use to transport goods.
For unusual loads where cargo may have to hang over the side of a trailer, you will reference load projections. These set out the limits of how much of that cargo can be outside of the trailer it is being hauled by.
There are set limits on the maximum weight a vehicle can carry. It includes the weight of the cargo and the passengers. Carrying more than the maximum weight limit can cause damage to the vehicle carrying the weight.
Meeting The Legal Requirements – A Shortlist
Here is a review of the key elements of compliance to ensure your car carrier is safe for transporting a load on public roads.
Step 1 – Secure The Load
Use properly rated vehicle tie down kits to secure your load.
Step 2 – Keep Lights Clear
Once your load is secure, check to make sure that the headlights and taillights of the vehicle are not covered or partially obstructed.
Step 3 – Night Transportation
When moving goods at night, add additional lighting with the installation of reflectors. These will light up when headlights of oncoming vehicles shine on them which makes your vehicle more visible than the existing headlight and taillights.
Step 4 – Flag The Back of Your Load
Add a yellow, red, or yellow/red flag to the very back of the vehicle. This increases visibility for other vehicles behind you.
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Transporting goods, such as vehicles, is not quite as easy a task as it may seem. Several highway laws dictate the size, width, and weight of any load you may wish to move somewhere on Australian highways. These guidelines must also be followed if the move is within a single community. The purpose of these regulations makes sense because they ensure the safety of other people using the roads with you.
When using a normal car trailer, using a cargo net is a great idea as it will keep things secure and prevent items that come loose during transportation from dropping onto the roadway and becoming a hazard. The same applies to car carriers. Whether it is an open design or enclosed, there are specific ways to load them to keep cargo secure and the car carrier safe for whoever uses it. If you comply with the rules of the road, you will get your load where it has to be safely and securely.