Do you own a truck or utility van as well as a ladder rack? Then you likely know how a ladder rack can be a game-changer for carrying your important equipment. Being able to store your ladder on the roof increases the cargo space available inside your truck bed for other important equipment and supplies. But with any vehicle accessory, there are some safety precautions to take and a safe way to use a ladder rack. As the trusted name in truck accessories for Aurora, including ladder rack systems, we would like to outline some important safety tips to follow when using your ladder rack.
First of all, ladders and other rooftop cargo should always be secured by at least three points of contact. This helps prevent any cargo or equipment from shifting, or worse, falling off while in motion. Use either ratchet, rapid locking, or another variation of tie down straps when securing objects.
And, when loading your cargo on your ladder rack system, you should avoid unnecessary overhang at the front and back of your vehicle. However, if it’s unavoidable and there is some overhang on your vehicle, be sure to mark the load with red or orange warning flags. This will notify other drivers that they need to keep their distance from your vehicle.
Know your vehicle’s weight limit. All ladder racks have a maximum carrying weight. This is the maximum amount of cargo that can be carried safely without damaging your truck or the ladder rack itself. If you do not know your vehicle’s carrying limit, check with the vehicle’s manufacturer or check your owner’s manual. The team at The Truck Shop can also help you determine your vehicle’s weight limit for you if you are unsure where to find it.
Drive safely. This includes slowing your speed and watching for other vehicles. The additional cargo on the roof can completely change the dynamics of the vehicle, including how quickly it can accelerate or come to a complete stop. So, remember to adjust your speed accordingly.
Also, know your clearance. This is the minimum height a vehicle can safely drive under without causing damage to the structure or the vehicle. Also take note of overhead clearances when driving so no damage occurs to your vehicle, your cargo or any property. Fortunately, many parking garages and bridges have bright yellow poles that conveniently label the clearance.
Have more questions about a ladder rack or other truck accessories? We look forward to telling you more! The TracRac ladder rack system we carry will outfit your truck to work harder, so you don’t have to. It can carry up to 1,000 pounds load capacity allowing the Universal Steel Rac to handle the toughest of jobs.
For truck accessories in the Aurora area, call The Truck Shop, Inc. at 847-455-2233, contact us to get a Free Estimate, visit our showroom in Franklin Park.