How Many Ratchet Straps Do I Need?


When securing cargo, you should always use at least fou […]

When securing cargo, you should always use at least four tie-down straps for most normal cargo securing applications. This is especially true for shipments that are physically large or heavy. When it comes to securing your cargo, you need to prepare for the worst because you never know what will happen on the way to your next destination.


All it takes is a sharp turn, a sudden stop, a quick acceleration, a sudden lane change, or another motorist cutting you off, causing the cargo to shift. By using straps on every edge of your cargo, you can help play your part in keeping cargo and others safe on the road.


For example, the vehicle should be secured from each of the four tires to prevent the vehicle from moving during transport. It also helps if the belt fails on the way to your next destination due to anything you can't plan for while driving. During transport, as overstretching can jeopardize your entire cargo load, all it takes is a loose belt or a broken belt.


This is why using extra straps and securing from multiple securing angles to help prevent load changes is critical to any cargo securing. A general rule of thumb in the trucking industry and the professional cargo securing industry is to always use more straps than required when transporting valuable, odd-shaped or heavy loads. Using too many belts is never a bad thing, but using too few ratchet belts is a real problem.


If you are unsure or unsafe about transporting your cargo, it may be best to add heavier working load restraint straps or as many straps as possible to secure your cargo. Knowing the weight of the cargo itself and the working load limitations of the shoulder straps is always crucial for anyone transporting goods. Never put yourself in a situation beyond the shoulder strap workload limit as it is unsafe to do so and the workload limit was created for your safety.

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