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Ever find yourself at the end of a day/job loading up crap on a trailer, thinking “Oh hell, it’ll stay. Do I really need a strap over it?” Short answer: Yes. Yes, you do. I saw the above video on the Today show the other day and tracked it down to post it here because I know I’m guilty of sometimes leaning a little on the hopeful side when securing a load. This video reminded me how stupid that can be.

Thankfully, it turns out the woman driving wasn’t injured. But seriously, folks. Pay attention to what you slap on a trailer or in the back of your truck haphazardly. Almost anything becomes an unpredictable missile when it ends up bouncing down the highway at 70 MPH.


15 Responses to Protip: Tie Down The Crap On Your Trailer

  1. rg says:

    It’s because of having witnessed or heard about things like this one too many times, that I quit riding motorcycles. I personally know of one motorcyclist who lost a leg from lumber flying off a truck on the highway; another who’s windshield on his Goldwing was torn off from a loose ladder (he ducked in time); another guy who’s pickup had a 4×8 sheet of plywood come through the windshield, (he ducked, plywood went over his head, and just missed his kid in the back seat), and I’ve had a furniture dolly that someone forgot on the back of a flatbed truck narrowly miss my car on the highway.

    So, in answer to your question:

    “Ever find yourself at the end of a day/job loading up crap on a trailer, thinking “Oh hell, it’ll stay. Do I really need a strap over it?”

    No, actually I don’t think that, ever.

  2. James says:

    What the hell is she doing filming while she is driving? I don’t know, maybe it is just me but that doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  3. Mr. Mike says:

    I once watched a Sears refrigerator – in its packing box, do a back flip out of the bed of my truck after I had hit a pothole. It narrowly missed the car following me. After that I NEVER EVER fail to tie stuff down and/or use a tarp.

    And to its credit the packing cardboard saved the fridge and it suffered only a dime size ding in one corner.

  4. ambush says:

    prolly, shouldn’t tailgate somebody with an improperly secured load either.

  5. craig says:

    stuff comes in all directions.

    when the company i worked for still had an active safety program, there would be an annual dog and pony show.

    one of the highlights was the broken neck from a box stacked on the rear window deck. rear ended, flies forward…ouch!

    my favorite (i got to see this one, firsthand) a guy threw a frost bar in the bed of his pickup. had to lock up his brakes and got three feet of metal sharing the cab with him. that bar penetrated the front of the bed, the back of the cab, the gas tank and the seat back.

    makes you think.

  6. Kent says:

    After analyzing the video it appears that the 2by didn’t come from the truck in front of her, but that it was lying on the side of the highway and the truck ran it over, shooting it into the wind screen.

  7. Jerry says:

    A quick frame peek shows the 2 x was at the left edge of the road – the vehicle in front hit it with a rear tire and it flipped up. There is an odd break where it first hits the glass and is then seen protruding through. Either way, it is a great reminder to all of us to secure anything that might leave our rig.
    I still question how many people actually drive down the road with a video camer mounted and pointed forward?

  8. Brian Dolge says:

    True, the 2x did not come from THIS trailer, but the most likely way for a 2x to be laying on the road is for it to have fallen off somebodies trailer/truck/whatever not too long ago. This is still a demonstration of the importance of using tiedowns.

    As for why film this in the first place, I would guess this is a consumer variant of the cameras in police cars which record the past half hour or whatever. I know my insurance costs would be lower if I could have said: “Here is a video showing your client cutting in front of me and coming to a screeching Halt.”

  9. DiscoBubba says:

    If you actually view the video on youtube itself you can read more of the story in the video description. To summarize, apparently the driver was using an iPhone to record how both trucks were holding up/slowing down traffic.

  10. weldo says:

    I found myself getting irritated with vehicle in the left lane going so slow. Common folks, the left lane is for passing. Stick to the right if you’re not passing. Sheesh!

  11. Keith says:

    I had to dodge a rake one night on the way home that flew off a
    landscaper’s trailer as he whipped around someone on a mutli-lane
    expressway. And there was also the time I watched an 18-wheeler flatbed
    dump a whole load of scaffolding off of his truck as he turned onto a highway
    entrance ramp, dumping them onto the side of some poor woman’s car stopped
    at the traffic light (she was unhurt, but the whole side of the car was going to
    need body work).

    I have to agree with the original posting; always take the time to secure your
    load, no matter what it is.

  12. Dr Bob says:

    Not far from here, a contractor’s truck dropped a cement block out of its box, it bounced off the pavement at a high speed , went through the windshield of a car and killed a passenger in the car. The truck driver is now facing murder charges. The passenger was only 16 years old.

    The driver of the truck had another incident where a cement block had bounced out of his truck, another vehicle hit it and the driver paid a hefty fine and was ordered to henceforth secure his load.

    Another accident I know of was caused by some morons moving a mattress on a Twin Cities freeway, when it blew loose. A following motorcyclist swerved to avoid it but was severely injured when he crashed his bike in the process.

  13. Toolhearty says:

    DiscoBubba Says:
    …apparently the driver was using an iPhone to record how both trucks were holding up/slowing down traffic.

    …and I use the camera in my cellphone to record OTHER people driving while being distracted by chatting on THEIR cellphones.

    Sheesh. People, put the gadgets away while driving.

  14. I can’t understand how commercial trucks that haul gravel and rocks don’t cover their loads. They even have covers, but when I see the trucks they hardly ever are using them. We were following one such truck and it was raining gravel out the back. We weren’t able to get by the truck before a rock came off the top of the truck and put a nice spiderweb in the middle of the windshield.

    I’m also scared of scrap metal trucks and trailers, they have a metal cage surrounding the scrap, but the top is open. It’s a huge accident waiting to happen.

  15. Toolhearty says:


    My route to work also happens to be the route from a gravel quarry to a concrete plant from what sometimes seems to be hundreds of gravel-carrying tractor/trailers (had my windshield cracked by gravel bouncing out the back of one). It’s a short hop for them and the drivers skirt the rules to the point the county sheriff’s office had to crack down.

    Just to make a point, one sheriff pulled over a truck whose load was uncovered (and was speeding). He made the driver turn around, go back to the quarry, dump his load, THEN he wrote him two tickets.

    (crackdown worked for a few months, then things went back to business as usual)

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