Section 3 Transporting Cargo Safely

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  1. What four things related to cargo are drivers responsible for?
    • Inspecting your cargo.
    • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight.
    • Knowing cargo is properly secured and does not obscure your view ahead or to the sides.
    • Knowing your cargo does not restrict your access to emergency equipment.
  2. How often must you stop while on the road to check your cargo?
    Within the first 50 miles after beginning a trip.
  3. How is Gross Combination Weight Rating different from Gross Combination Weight?
    • GCWR is the maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its loads.
    • GCW is the total weight of a powered unit plus trailers plus the cargo.
  4. Name two situations where legal maximum weights may not be safe.
    • Bad weather¬†
    • Mountains
  5. What can happen if you do not have enough weight on the front axle?
    The axle can be too light to steer safely.
  6. What is the minimum number of tiedowns for any flatbed load?
    Cargo should have at least one tie down for each ten feet of cargo.
  7. What is the minimum number of tiedowns for a 20-foot load?
    At least two tie downs
  8. Name the two basic reasons for covering cargo on an open bed.
    • To protect people from spilled cargo
    • Protect the cargo from weather
  9. What must you check before transporting a sealed load?
    That you don't  exceed gross weight and axle weight limits.
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