When we talk about freight transport, road safety is a fundamental aspect that must be addressed.
Not only in the transportation of goods, but in transportation in general. However, it is true that in this particular sector, even more emphasis is placed on it.
This is because safety is fundamental to guarantee the success and efficiency of any company dedicated to logistics and transportation.
It is vitally important to comply with legally established standards, but it is also necessary to implement additional safety measures. This is the only way to minimize risks and protect both the cargo and the drivers and road users.
Do you want to know how we can ensure safety in the transportation of goods, taking into account various measures to be implemented?
How can we enhance the safety of our trucks?
Obviously, there is no infallible method to reduce the risk of traffic accidents to zero. If only there was.
But there are a series of measures that can help us reduce that risk, and everything, in the case of freight transportation, comes down to enhancing the safety of the trucks.
Let’s explain some basic safety guidelines that we should consider to make the transportation of goods in trucks safer.
Preventive maintenance in trucks
On previous occasions, we have talked about preventive maintenance of trucks and all the benefits it can bring. One of them is road safety.
This preventive maintenance is a fundamental practice to ensure safety in road transportation.
It involves carrying out regular maintenance checks on our vehicle, with the aim of detecting and solving any faults or minor breakdowns before they become serious.
This not only allows us to save money in the long run, but also to reduce the risk of accidents and avoid unexpected stops or loss of cargo.
This type of inspections includes regular checks of the braking and lighting systems, tire condition and pressure, control of the steering and suspension systems, etc.
In order to properly manage the maintenance of our truck, it is necessary to keep a detailed record of each check that is carried out.
Another essential factor to improve the safety of goods transportation is cargo securing.
What does this mean? Well, it’s the way in which the goods are placed and secured inside the truck.
It may seem trivial, but it makes a difference in terms of safety.
How can I properly secure the cargo?
- It is necessary to use appropriate securing methods such as tie-down straps, ratchet straps, chains, or cargo nets to ensure that the load remains immobile and well distributed throughout the journey.
- Furthermore, the use of approved corner protectors is not only mandatory but also helps to keep the cargo securely fastened inside our truck.
- It is important to consider the weight and center of gravity of the cargo to avoid imbalances that could lead to rollovers or unwanted shifts.
Driver awareness and training
Drivers must be fully informed and aware of road safety regulations, driving techniques, and best practices for loading and unloading.
And not only that. It is absolutely necessary for them to receive the necessary training on the proper use of truck safety measures.
Anti-lock braking systems, stability control, and traction control systems contribute to improving the stability and control of the vehicle in emergency situations.
Another factor that drivers should be aware of is the importance of taking regular breaks to rest and avoid fatigue, as this significantly reduces the risk of accidents.
Technology serving transportation
Today, with the advancement of technologies, new safety systems for road freight transportation are emerging every year.
Real-time monitoring systems, GPS devices, cabin security cameras… All these technological advancements allow companies to have constant control over the truck’s location, speed, stops, cargo status, and more.
All these systems allow us to make decisions and react quickly to any incidents or undesirable situations.
One of the new devices that is gradually being implemented is the well-known ‘Alcoholock’: a starting system that, if it detects a breath alcohol concentration above the allowed limit, will not allow the truck to start.
Collaboration with suppliers and authorities
Establishing collaborative relationships with suppliers and competent authorities can also be related to safety in the transportation of goods.
When we rely on trusted suppliers who we know comply with safety standards and requirements, we ensure the safety of the transportation and the cargo.
It is also advisable to maintain a smooth and regular communication with the authorities responsible for regulating the transportation of goods. This way, we will always be aware of any minor changes in regulations and any recommendations regarding safety.
The evolution of safety in the transportation of goods
Safety in the transportation of goods is always evolving.
As mentioned earlier regarding technologies, new systems designed to enhance the safety of trucks are being introduced every year.
That is why safety is an ongoing process that requires constant evaluation and periodic improvements.
Through the analysis of data and safety indicators such as accidents, delivery times, incidents, etc., we can identify areas that can be improved to ensure road transportation safety.
Baumgarten: experts in plastic corner protectors for cargo.
Corner protectors are an essential element in the safety of goods transportation in trucks. Our plastic pieces are placed on the corners of the cargo to evenly distribute the pressure exerted by the straps or tie-downs. This helps prevent damage to the goods due to concentrated pressure.
Additionally, corner protectors increase the friction between the cargo and the straps, preventing the goods from shifting during transportation. Therefore, their use not only protects the integrity of the cargo but also enhances road safety by preventing accidents caused by unexpected movements of the load inside the truck.