How to Avoid Overloading Your Car
Road trips with family and mates are sure lots of fun. It’s sort of a tradition for most Aussies. However, being all giddy and excited, it’s so easy to get carried away packing all your stuff for that fun trip. From the food and drinks, camping gear, games, and bags, most likely, you would bring anything and everything just so you could maximise your vacation. But have you ever considered that maybe you are packing too much stuff and overloading your car? That if your car can speak, it’ll already complain how heavy you, your passengers, and your stuff are?
Generally speaking, car overloading poses a threat to your safety as well as your vehicle’s well-being. When a car is carrying too much weight, there are more chances of getting into an accident because:
- It can cause your wheels to bulge out and heat up, resulting to a tyre blowout
- Suspension and traction control won’t be able to handle highway speeds efficiently
- Your brakes will be less effective
- Sudden maneuvering can most likely result to a spinout
Apart from that, your car will need to use up more fuel. You can lose your license for breaking laws on overloading. And top all that, if you do get into an accident, your insurance won’t cover it.
As one of Melbourne’s leading car buyers and car removal companies, we, Total Car Collections, are here to help you steer clear of all those. Here are some tips on how you can avoid overloading your vehicle:
1. Know exactly the maximum weight capacity of your vehicle. It is usually found in the sticker placed in the driver’s side door jam. If you are carrying large items, make sure to weigh it first before loading it in your car. We know that it’ll take too much time and effort, but try your best to estimate the total weight that your car will be carrying, including you and your passengers’ weights.
2. Don’t carry unnecessary items. We all know that this is basic; but most people fail at this often times. The key is to plan well. If you won’t be able to use, leave it. Clean out the junk in your trunk; they will also add up to the vehicle’s weight. If you also plan your activities well, you’ll be able to know exactly which things are just needed.
3. Distribute the load properly. Make sure that the vehicle carries the load in a balanced manner. In that way, all 4 tyres will carry almost the same weight.
4. Be smart in routing your travel. Plan pick-ups and drop-offs of your passengers carefully. Make sure that it’s the easiest way for your car. Pick-up the heaviest load last.
5. Select a different vehicle, if possible. Let us not be stubborn. If you think that it’ll be too heavy on your car, go on the trip with a larger and a more heavy-duty vehicle.
There is a recommended weight for each type of car – that is combined of passengers and cargo load. It is keen that we always be cautious about the safe capacity for our vehicle. And always remember, not because it fits right in, it means that it’s still safe for your car to carry it. Moreover, if you really do not have any choice but to carry heavy loads on your car, make sure to drive slowly and more carefully.
If you’ve got a car, van, or truck that is is now damaged and inefficient because of overuse and overloading, maybe it’s time to consider giving your vehicle a proper rest and handing it over to one of the best cash for cars Melbourne company, Total Car Collections.
Our customer service representatives are always on standby and eager to be of assistance to you. So pick up your phones now and dial 0457 471 397.