Why You Need Truck Tie Downs

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Unfortunately, when it comes to securing and transporting a load properly, many pickup truck drivers have quite the reckless attitude. Most of the time this happens without incident; leaving them feeling their throw-and-go style of hauling is a safe and acceptable practice.  But every so often, things don’t go quite so smoothly. Resulting in property damage to cargo or vehicles, or even worse, serious injury or death to fellow drivers or passengers. Knowing the value and need for truck tie downs is one of the most responsible things a truck owner can do.

But fear not friends! There is a simple solution. Learning a few basic rules and guidelines when hauling cargo will allow you to travel confidently. Knowing the contents of your truck bed are safe and sound right where you secured them.

One of your primary concerns when it comes to hauling cargo in your pickup should be starting with a reliable anchor point. Also known as truck tie downs or stake pocket tie downs, these simple, surprisingly affordable truck bed accessories are one of the hardest working additions you can make to your pickup. They install quickly and easily into the stake pockets along your trucks bed railing.

It’s sad but true that some pickup truck drivers scoff at the need for properly installed tie downs. Opting for the “good enough” methodology, as we like to call it. This type of driver is quick to sling some old piece of rope around their cargo, secure it any way that is convenient, and be on their way. Not only does this not provide adequate safety, it makes no sense considering how readily available, inexpensive and easy to install BullRings truck bed anchor points are.

As a responsible pickup truck driver, you need a properly installed set of truck tie-downs, even if you don’t know it. With that in mind here’s a short list of reasons we hope will help you understand the need for proper cargo securement.

1. Securing cargo properly is the safe thing to do.

According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that debris deposited on the roadway by motor vehicles contributed to an estimated 25,000 crashes which resulted in 81-90 deaths in the year 2001 (Forbes & Robinson, 2004). Results suggest that road debris was a factor in an estimated average of 50,658 police-reported crashes which resulted in 9,805 injuries and 125 deaths annually in the United States over years 2011 – 2014. A significant amount of that debris was items that were not correctly secured within truck beds. Making sure your cargo is tied down tightly in your pickup goes a long way toward helping to reduce these types of accidents.

2. Just any old tie down strap won’t cut it.

You need the proper truck tie down straps, not just some length of rope found hanging at the back of the garage. While this solution MAY be strong enough, can you count on it to hold up to the task? The simple answer is, No, you can’t. Using an inadequate fastener to tie down cargo could mean loose damaged cargo flying around your truck bed.  Or even worse, spread out all over the highway, ruining your day and risking the lives of everyone traveling the roadways with you.

Properly designed tie-down straps, especially the ones with a ratchet tightening system, will hold any load securely. Don’t use hooks or stretchable bungee cords either. These can be useful for securing very light items, but anything major should have a more sturdy tie down holding it in place. A stretchable cargo net can be useful too if you have a lot of smaller items, but be sure to still use tie down straps as well.

3. Properly designed truck tie downs have a rated capacity

Without quality tie downs and fastening points, you cannot guarantee a reliably secured load. Using truck anchor points that you know are up to the job makes the rest of the process easy. Properly designed truck tie downs have a rated capacity, their safe working load limit. That’s why every product shipped out the door at Bullring has been rigorously tested to withstand up to 1,000 lb of force each.

Using up to six truck anchor points for fastening tie-down straps will spread out the working load. Thereby reducing the amount of strain put on each anchor, increasing their reliability. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Agency has provided a rough guide to help work out how many truck tie downs you need for any given weight. The rated capacity of the tie downs you use should total up to one and a half the weight of the load you are carrying.

4. There is peace of mind in securing your cargo.

Simply driving can be a demanding, stress filled situation, even under the best conditions. Between traffic, wildlife, weather, and fellow distracted motorists, you’ve got plenty to keep your mind busy on the road. Why add the extra distraction of not being sure you properly secured the items in your truck bed? Take the time to follow proper procedure and double check to make sure everything is secure. This will free your mind up to concentrate on more pressing driving issues, over which you have less control.

5. The right tool for the job just makes sense

It just simply makes sense. Everyone knows the value of using the right tool for the job. And that’s exactly what a tie-down anchor point is, a tool. One which, when used properly allows you to not worry about losing a load or causing injury to another motorist. Payloads in pickups are a common sight on the highways. Make sure your cargo stays in the pickup bed – use properly installed Bull Ring tie downs every time.