How to load and secure your van’s contents

If you’re a small business owner, keeping your van up and running is key to safeguarding your reputation – and your profits.

We know that health and safety is crucial in every business but when it comes to keeping you on the move, making sure that your van’s contents are safe and secure is equally important.

boxes stacked inside van

Here, we’ve outlined a few helpful hints on how to secure your van’s contents.

Know your load and plan ahead

Giving careful consideration to how you plan and secure your load is key. Cargo damaged in transit can be costly both for your pocket and your reputation, while goods shifting or falling into the road can be a danger to other road users.

For maximum efficiency, stick to a loading plan – and know your payload. If you have a delivery schedule, make sure you load the last items first, with the first deliveries more easily accessible – common sense but worth mentioning!

Always load in rows starting from the back, working your way forwards and distribute heavy items on the lower levels, preferably on the floor of the van, to increase stability.

Choose the right equipment for the job

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to securing your van’s contents but whatever your approach, the key principle is to stop the load from becoming dislodged or rattling around while you’re on the move.

Straps and webbing are the most effective means of holding your van contents in place. The van’s anchor points should allow you to configure the strapping as required, but remember to check both for damage on a regular basis to ensure stability.

It sounds obvious, but remember to tether in the direction of travel too, to maximise support when you come up against hard braking.

pallet truck loading boxes into van

Make the most of technology

Manufacturers have worked hard to ensure that they provide van drivers with advanced safety features that keep them, and their loads, safe on the road.

Most vans boast airbags, stability control and antilock braking systems (ABS) as standard, while more advanced models offer lane-assist and adaptive cruise control as an option. These all help to prevent accidents happening.

It’s important that drivers are familiar with all of their van’s safety features and understand how they work. If you’re in the market for a new van, it’s also wise to shop around and consider investing in add-ons that will offer a good return on investment.

For example, many new vans come with a fixed bulkhead, to keep occupants safe in the case of heavy braking. This feature often restricts access to the load area from the front doors, providing an added security benefit.

Remember, fewer accidents can reduce your insurance premium. For information on how to get the best deal on your van insurance, don’t forget to drop us a line.

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