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Why loads shift

An unsecured item on a vehicle is not part of the vehicle. The item and the vehicle will move independently of each other just as a passenger in a car will move independently of the car if they don't put their seatbelt on.

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On the road, loads tend to shift when the vehicle is braking, or when the vehicle is turning.

The main 'hotspots' for load shift are:

  • roundabouts
  • slip roads
  • long (fast) corners
  • under braking
  • swerving to avoid obstacles

The 'perfect storm' for load shift is changing direction and speed at the same time. This is why loads often shift on roundabouts and on slip roads.



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