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Old 06-12-2003, 04:26   #1 (permalink)
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Trailers - tie that load down please!

What is it with some of those idiots who refuse to tie down the load they have thrown into their trailers?
In the last week I've been hit buy a huge sheet of rubber (the size of a double bed!) at 80kph and had a narrow miss with a sheet of MDF flying out the back of a trailer at 100kph!

The rubber sheet hit directly above my head - I almost crapped my pants, so did the HSV driver directly behind me as it smacked into his grill! Luckily no damage to my car but I was rubbing rubber off my roof for a good 10 minutes (it actually melted onto the roof on impact!). As for the MDF, luckily there was a spare lane and I could take avoiding action. This thing was flying straight for my windscreen.

For gods sake, tie down any load. I don't want to have some cop explain to my children how mum or dad died by a piece of MDF taking off our heads!

Not too much to ask?

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Old 06-12-2003, 06:19   #2 (permalink)
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So true, and how long does it take to throw a rope or a ratchet over?

The other common sight is something that is tied down but the rope will do 2 tenths of bugger all.
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Absolutely agree mate. I tow a trailer all the time, and we've got a closed box on it, but when we have the box off we put plenty of ropes on and tighten them real good. I reckon they should have fines or some kind of punishment if your load isn't tied down properly, it's just dangerous, and as you said, it can and does happen. I reckon to be able to register a trailer you should get a few lessons in rope tying or something...

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I reckon they should have fines or some kind of punishment if your load isn't tied down properly, it's just dangerous, and as you said, it can and does happen.

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They do have fines , but some people couldn't care less about anyone other than themselves .
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They do have fines , but some people couldn't care less about anyone other than themselves .
Thanks for that, I didn't know about them! It's a shame it doesn't seem to be deterring the idiots, I guess the best thing to do is keep your distance from the bastards!

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Thumbs up a old one but a good one

yes and even the big boys get it wrong sometimes

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Thumbs up and when it all goes wrong

yes wrong in a big way ,lets not go back to work now and just head north forever lol

i think it was the bloke taking photos that put the driver off line for just a second ......
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That looks expensive.......
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Heh . . . lets not forget about the great aussie tradition of whacking a mattress on the roof, and holding it down ( as you drive ) with 1 bit of dodgy rope and of course your arm out the window . . .

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Haha, I had that on doncaster rd a few months back, I was in a Transit and there was a 60's holden with a double mattress that was about to take off!
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