While pickup trucks may offer a huge amount of boot space and lots of flexibility in terms of how you load your cargo, there are still a lot of ways this can go wrong. You see it from time to time, with objects strewn by the side of the road after escaping from the cargo area of a pickup, or perhaps swinging around precariously. Even if you don't load your cargo bed up to full capacity, it can be a tricky problem in itself.
But Ford Thailand is here to help you with a couple of simple tips. If you don't know what they're saying in the video above, just read on below and try to follow along with it.
1. Get a sticky mat for your truck bedIf you’re worried about things sliding around in the back of your truck and getting damaged, a truck bed mat is a simple and effective solution. A mat can keep your tools and goods safe, and stop them from falling out onto the road.
2. Put small items in a tool boxThere is nothing worse than getting out after a long drive to a job and having to fish around in every corner of the truck for what you need. Putting small objects in tool boxes will keep things neat and tidy, and save you a potential headache.
3. Load heavy items toward the frontIf you have any heavy items in your load they should go at the front of the truck bed. That way the truck’s center of gravity will stay more stable as you drive, keeping you and your goods safe.
4. Wrap things up tightlyTape, cable ties and cling film can be used to hold items tightly together so that there is no chance of them coming loose and causing trouble as you commute to and from jobs.
5. Tighten loose itemsIf anything is in danger of slipping around, strap it down with a ratchet strap. This way, when you’re taking corners and conquering road bumps, your load will stay in place.
6. Attach a flag to oversize itemsIf you are carrying any loads that reach over the edge of the truck bed, attaching a red and yellow flag can help other road users and pedestrians see them more clearly and avoid accidents.
7. Secure everythingOnce the last item is loaded, use ratchet straps to secure everything as tightly as you can so that nothing is in danger of falling out of the truck, and hurting your wallet, or another person, in the process. If you don’t have ratchet straps to hand, rope can do the job too.