Dry Van Loading and Securing Steps

Dry Van Loading and Securing StepsAs the wholesale and distribution industry is aware, securing the load on your dry van and transporting the goods safely is critical to your business. As such, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enforced particular rules to ensure the vehicle and the cargo are properly prepared and secured. In addition to securing your dry van with a comprehensive Wholesale and Distributor Insurance package, review the following safety regulations and expectations for commercial motor vehicles.

The FMCSA has compiled the following list of laws that commercial motor vehicles must abide by:

  • Dry van operators should complete an inspection checklist to make sure everything is in good working order. Furthermore, any debris or leftover goods should be cleaned out prior to picking up the next load.
  • Proper loading and securing techniques need to be used for all cargo. Next, all equipment needs to be functioning such as any tarps, tailgate, tires, and on-board tools.
  • Products should be evenly distributed in the van. This means the heaviest items go on the bottom to prevent tipping during transport. The weight should be distributed evenly over both axles to prevent long term damage.

Next, the following types of securing mechanisms must be used, depending on the type of load and whichever is appropriate:

Friction mats- These can help prevent cargo from slipping during transport. However, do remember to place the heaviest and bulkiest items on the bottom, as mentioned above.

Ratchet straps- These polyester straps come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to secure loose cargo.

Dunnage bags- Fill these with air and place them in empty spaces to prevent loads from shifting or sliding on the road.

Jack bars- Place these on either side of the van’s walls to make sure items are properly stored and secured.

At Capital Insurance Group, we provide all the essential coverages for wholesalers and distributors to mitigate risk, save money, and protect their bottom line. Our expertise and knowledge of the industry has allowed us to serve Southeastern Michigan businesses for the last 35 years. To learn more about our risk management services and additional products, we invite you to contact our experts today at (888) 296-0418.