Secure Your Load for Safer Roads

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2 out of 3 drivers always secure their loads, but we need everyone's help.

When do you need to secure items in your truck or trailer? Every time you hit the road. Unsecured loads cause over 300 crashes in Washington every year and cause up to 40% of roadside litter — let's change that.

Even if it's a short trip, you're going slow, or you're hauling items that seem heavy enough to stay put, securing your load is vital to keeping roads safe and litter free. So, whatever you're hauling — secure your load for safer roads.

Cargas bien sujetadas, caminos más seguros (en Español)

Tips for securing loads

1. Stock Up– Keep cargo nets, tarps, ropes, bungee cords, or straps in your truck to make sure you always have what you need to secure your cargo. You may need tie down hooks or eye bolts on your vehicle as well. 

2. Strap Down– Securely fasten all large items directly to your vehicle, including tarps and covers. 

3. Seal Tight and Cover – Make sure boxes, bags, and garbage cans are tightly closed and covered to keep contents from blowing away. 

4. Get Organized– Lay tall items flat and put lighter cargo at the bottom of the load so heavier objects can hold them down. 

5. Follow Through– Run straps through and around items – especially large items like hand trucks, ladders, furniture, and mattresses. 

6. Tidy Up – Remove any loose pieces of trash from your truck, trailer, or boat that could blow out while driving. 

7. Check Regularly – Nothing you’re hauling should be able to slide, shift, or fall out. If you hear whipping or rattling sounds while driving, stop and check your cargo.


Call 911 if you see an unsecured load 

If you see a dangerous unsecured load while driving, or you see something fall off a vehicle that could cause a crash or injure someone, call 911. 

Unsecured loads = Big fines

Littering and driving with an unsecured vehicle load are against the law in Washington, with fines up to $5,000. Unsecured loads arriving at Kitsap County waste facilities may be charged a $10 unsecured load fee.