Ensure that cargo is properly secured by checking on the following before setting off: weight of the cargo, height and width, anchor points, tie down ratings, number and applications, tarpaulins, and bracing. Also, be sure to remove debris from the cargo bed. If traveling long haul, stop regularly to inspect your cargo along the journey.

When preparing to transport your load ask yourself the following questions: Is there any chance of debris falling or blowing out of my vehicle? Would I feel safe if I were driving behind my vehicle? Would I want my loaded vehicle driving through my neighborhood? What would happen to the load if I had to stop suddenly or if I hit a bump? Because I have this load, do I now need to drive slower than I normally would? Is the load secured on the back as well as on the top and sides? Have I double-checked the load to make sure that is absolutely secure?

If possible, you should always cover your load with a secure tarp or a net. You should also place lighter items at the bottom of the load. Prevent overloading by keeping your load approximately level with the bed of the truck.