Whenever you are transporting a heavy load in a flatbed truck then it is very important to ensure the safety of the load. For the protection of the loads, tie-down straps are used. Tie down straps is a fastener that is available in various length. The length of the strap is selected depending on the size of the load.
Tie down straps can be used for numerous purposes. The various advantages of these auto tie down straps are securing the cargo, back of a pickup truck, transporting heavy vehicles like motorcycle, cars, etc., towing, flatbed trailer, etc. It is also used by professional movers.
How many Tie Down Straps Required?
The selection of tie down strap completely depends on whether the load is small, big, lighter or heavier. Ideally minimum 4 tie down straps are required to secure the cargo load. There are different materials that can be selected for the straps like nylon rope, Ratchet straps, and cam buckle straps. Nylon rope is one of the cheapest option available out there. The rope must be quite thick for securing the load or else the rope will break very easily.
Advantage of tie down straps is that it is available with different types of hooks to offer strength and stability depending upon the type of load. The other benefit of tie down strap is that it is lighter than chain. Usage of chain can cause abrasion or damage to the load that is why tie down strap is more preferred and is also safer than chain.
Ratchet straps is one of the best way to secure the cargo. These straps can be used for any type of load and cargo sizes. Hooks are also available at the end of these straps to tie down the load firmly so that it remains stable. Ratchet straps are perfectly suitable for heavy loads. Other way to secure the load is Cam buckle straps. Generally they are preferred for medium sized loads. Cam buckle straps are very easy and quicker to secure the load than ratchet straps. The only disadvantage of cam buckle strap is that it can’t be used to secure heavier loads.
Choose the Suitable Tie Down Straps According to your Load
Before choosing a tie-down straps, you must consider some factors like weight of the load, hook type, type of load, and strap length.
1. Weight Capacity
The load of the cargo is the basic thing that must be known before deciding the number of tie-down straps required. You need to know how much weight a strap will be able to carry. Generally, 2 straps are the basic requirement for any type of the load.
2. Strap Length
The strap must be long enough so that it covers the whole load and is properly tied down from all the points. The strap should not be very long nor should it be small as it will compromise the load safety. If the tie down strap is short then it won’t be able to cover up the whole load and if it is too big then it won’t give adequate strength and support to the cargo as it will be loose. So, appropriate strap length is necessary.
3. Strength of the Tie Down Straps
There is a load rating of every tie down strap. It is important to make sure that the load rating of strap is higher than the load that is being transported to make it safe. There are many other factors that must be considered in the total load of cargo and those are the wind resistance, bump on the road, etc. So, all these factors must be observed to make your cargo safe and secure.
4. Type of Hook
These hooks are attached at the end of the strap and are used to connect the strap to the anchor point. There are various types of hook that are available in strap such as S – hooks, flat hooks, etc. The type of hook has to be selected on the basis of the anchor point. The S – hook is compatible with almost all kinds of anchor points. Whereas, the flat hooks can be used where the anchor point is flat and are mostly used in flatbed trailers. There are also certain hooks that comes with safety latches. Because of these safety latches, the hooks won’t come off the anchor point easily. This makes the cargo more secure and safe.
5. Locking Straps
Built in locks are also installed in some straps that act as an additional feature. They provide extra support and safety to the cargo. If the load that is being carried needs extra support and security then these straps are very important and must be used in such cases.
Tie down straps can also get damaged from the corner of the loads. Corner protectors are used in order to stop the tie down straps from damaging. If the load is fragile or sensitive then corner protectors can be very helpful in such cases. With the help of these protectors, the load won’t get damaged because of the straps or chains. They are not costly and act as a perfect material for the overall safety of strap and cargo.
These are some things to consider before buying the tie down strap. The tie down straps are very important for transporting the load. They must be checked properly to make sure that the load is safe and secure. The number of straps must be selected depending upon the size and weight of the load that is being transported.