Roof racks serve as valuable extensions for storage for tradespeople or offroad enthusiasts. However, overlooking safety considerations when loading them can lead to potential dangers. Here are seven mistakes to avoid for a secure and enjoyable journey…
Legal Load Ratings
Avoid exceeding legal load ratings and limits for roof racks. Adhere to the maximum allowable width and ensure the load complies with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Check Your Maximum Roof Load
Verify both the strength of the roof rack and the maximum load rating for your vehicle. Don’t neglect to account for the weight of the rack itself, and consult your vehicle’s manual for accurate information on load capacities.
Proper Load Distribution
Centre and load your roof rack correctly to maintain stability and reduce wind resistance. Consider wind deflectors for specific setups – available with our range of roof racks – and avoid packing large, thin sheets without proper bracing. Secure items to minimise vibrations and maintain the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
Use Quality Tie Downs
Choose appropriate tie downs or straps for securing items on the roof rack. Ratchet straps are ideal for heavier loads, while cam buckle straps work well for lighter applications. Regularly check straps for wear and secure loose ends to prevent wind-related disturbances.
Regularly inspect the rack and its fittings, especially after harsh off-road use, to identify potential issues.
Address Wind Noise
While not a safety concern, wind noise can be bothersome. Tradesman and Wedgetail offer wind deflectors with our roof racks to help reduce wind noise.
Take Your Time
Rushing the loading process can lead to critical oversights. Take the time to pack and double-check your roof rack meticulously. A careful approach ensures a safer journey without the risk of disastrous consequences.
Prioritise safety and efficiency when using roof racks, and enjoy a worry-free road trip with ample storage space for all your travel essentials.