Vehicle Overloading

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It’s not just bulky loads that can be an issue – a few boxes of tiles in the boot can be just as heavy!

Of course there’s the obvious damage to your suspension – springs, shocks and tyres are designed to carry a certain load and exceeding this can do permanent damage – but keep in mind that a heavy load will increase your stopping distance and if all the load is in the back your steering won’t be as accurate! Also, if the front of your car is angled up because of a heavy load in the back you’ll blind other drivers with your headlights.

Every car has a maximum load capacity – sometimes called maximum authorized mass (MAM) or Design Gross Vehicle Weight (DGVW). You’ll find this in your owners manual or on the car’s identification plate. This load maximum includes all passenger’s weights!

Vehicle Overloading is the uncultivated risks which may plunge your car into accidents and fatal havoc.Overloading causes seriously imbalance to the car which may affects the driving, state of the car and eventually increase vehicle maintenance costs. Really in our today’s Nigeria It is so sad and disappointing that drivers don’t take heed to preventive vehicle measures. Preventive vehicle maintenance which includes avoiding overloading will go a long way to ensure the health of your car. Nevertheless exposing your car to overloading will bring your car to more risks and having negative effects on your car

let’s discuss some effects of VEHICLE OVERLOADING:

  • When you overload your vehicle It makes the vehicle less immovable, difficult to steer and take longer to stop. Vehicles react differently when the maximum weights which they are designed to carry are exceeded. The results can be deadly.
  • It causes excessive wreck to roads, bridges and pavements at the cost of the tax payer
  • Insurance cover is void. Overloading your vehicle is forbidden by the law and therefore insurance cover can be voided if the vehicle is involved in a crash.
  • Fuel consumption increases when overloading, which thereby leads to increasing your costs

DANGERS OF OVERLOADING YOUR VEHICLE
Here we going into some of the dangers of Vehicle Overloading

1 Unbalance Car; when a driver overload your car it cause the car to be unstable while driving and which can eventually cause accident or damage to the car.It’s allows the steering of the car and stooping very difficult,and which can eventually lead to accident.
2 Vehicle Brake Failure; overloading of your car as a driver can cause break failure while driving the car and that can lead to accident and damage of the car. When you over load your car it affect the rate at which the brake of the can and the rotary wheel disk to the car.
3 Tyre Wear & Tear ; When you overload your can it will eventually affect the Tyre of the car. when you over load your car as driver you needs to know that the Tyre of the car are likely to wear and tear very fast as the car struggle to move and this can lead to damage of the car.
4 Increase in the risk of road accident; overloading is a risk to the driver and the passenger because the load will affect the car while driving especially when the driver is driving on the express road and the car can not be control because the load as affect the car and it cause imbalance of the car to be control

Know the weights of your vehicle and load.
If possible, weigh the vehicle to establish individual
axle weights.
u Re-Distribute your load appropriately after any
drop-offs to avoid overloading axles.
u Check the Gross Vehicle Weight before setting
out, either using your own weighbridge, or one
nearby. You are allowed to drive to the nearest
available weighbridge to check your load and then
go to a place where they can take off some of the
load if the vehicle is overloaded.
u Do not automatically trust declared
weights, invoices or delivery notes given to
you by customers. Remember that you hold the
responsibility for not overloading, not the customer.
u Remember that the GVW and GTW include
the weight of the vehicle, load, trailer (for GTW)
driver and any passengers. Also allow for the
weights of any pallets or packing cases.
u Make sure that your lift / tag axle is used
correctly. Not using this axle when the vehicle is
loaded means that axles or gross weights could
exceed their allowed limits.

Know the weights of your vehicle and load: If possible, weigh the vehicle to establish individual axle weights.

Re-Distribute your load appropriately after any drop-offs to avoid overloading axles: Check the Gross Vehicle Weight before setting out, either using your own weighbridge, or one nearby. 

You are allowed to drive to the nearest available weighbridge to check your load and then go to a place where they can take off some of the load if the vehicle is overloaded.
Do not automatically trust declared weights, invoices or delivery notes given toyou by customers. Remember that you hold the responsibility for not overloading, not the customer.
Remember that the GVW and GTW include the weight of the vehicle, load, trailer (for GTW) driver and any passengers.
Also allow for the weights of any pallets or packing cases.
 Make sure that your lift / tag axle is used
correctly.
Not using this axle when the vehicle is
loaded means that axles or gross weights could exceed their allowed limits.

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