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Enjoy Your Summer Vacation in Style

Growing up, my family went on numerous summer vacations. The five of us all usually traveled in my parent’s midsize sedan. While we enjoyed each other’s company for a while, we soon became irritable. We didn’t have nearly enough room in the car to remain comfortable for longer than an hour or two. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, consider renting a vehicle to travel in. You can ride in style; and, you will have enough room to stretch. On this blog, you will discover the best types of vehicles to rent for large families. Enjoy your vacation ride this year!

Enjoy Your Summer Vacation in Style

For Beginners: How To Use Winch Straps To Tie Down A Load On A Tractor Trailer Flatbed

Faith Brown

Tie-down winch straps are used to secure the loads on the backs of flatbed tractor trailers. Without the straps, the materials that the tractor trailer is hauling could vibrate off the flatbed while the truck is driving down the road, or the load could slip off the side of the trailer when the driver rounds a sharp turn. The tie-downs help to make the road safe for truckers and everyone else who uses the roads. If you are thinking about learning how to operate a tractor trailer truck, you will need to learn how to properly strap down a load on a flatbed tractor trailer. Here is how you use winch straps to tie down a load on a flatbed tractor trailer.


A typical strap used on a flatbed tractor trailer is between 2 and 4 inches wide and can be up to 60 feet long (the standard lengths are 27 and 30 feet long). The flat end (or sewed end) of the strap is placed through a slot on a metal bar that goes through the winches on one side of the trailer. The other end of the strap will have either a flat hook, wire hook, or a chain extension with a hook strap that clasps around a steel bracket on the other side of the flatbed trailer.

The straps have to lie flat over the top of the load. Sometimes, you can toss the straps over the load and get it to lie flat, but other times you have to climb onto the flatbed to place the straps into the proper position so you can tie down the load properly. On the other side of the truck, you'll put the hooks through the brackets and lock them into position by wrapping the hook end around the upper side portion of the bracket wall that sticks out from the side of trailer.

Tightening Straps

After you placed the hooks in the brackets, walk back to the other side of the truck to the winches. You use a winch winding bar to tighten the straps. The winch winding bar is basically a metal bar about ¾ inches to an inch round that goes into one of the several holes on the winding bar for the winch. You put the bar in a hole and turn it so the strap tightens – there's a locking pin on the winch that keeps the strap from unwinding as you turn.

Slide the flat end of the strap through the slot in the winch. Turn the winch until the strap tightens enough so the load won't move while you are driving down the highway.

For professional hauling services, contact a company like Ashton Transport Ltd Truck Hauling.