Granted, this picture is not of a lawn care company truck or a lawn care equipment trailer. However, I saw this truck today at a stop light and I took a quick picture to help remind us all of the importance of properly securing our lawn care equipment while in transit.
This guy was hauling a refrigerator. Though it looked like the driver had attempted to secure the refrigerator with a thin rope, he did not secure the end of the rope. Airflow over the truck bed blew the rope out and left it dangling behind him as he drove along in traffic.
This is a potentially dangerous situation. If the vehicle behind him drove over the rope, that vehicle’s tire could be damaged. Additionally, the refrigerator could be yanked out of the truck bed. I tried to get his attention at the stop light but he seemed preoccupied as he drove off.
We are all in a hurry from time to time. Occasionally, we load our lawn care equipment in our trucks or on our trailers without paying attention to small details that cause serious consequences as we drive to our next lawn care or landscaping job.
Try to remind yourself that it only takes a minute or two to properly load and secure your equipment. Before you drive away to your next jobsite, spend an extra 30 seconds walking around your vehicle to make sure everything is properly secured.
Be safe out there!!!
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