Nobody want their expensive work or weekend gear flying out of the back of their ute. Not only is it inconvenient, but it’s also hazardous to other drivers. So, we’ve put together a quick and easy tutorial to help you secure your load safely and ensure it stays put for as long as you need it to.

STEP 1: Load up

Pack your ute’s tray making sure your load is evenly distributed. It helps to think about what it is you’re loading and placing heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.

STEP 2: Prepare your tie down straps

We recommend using ratchet straps as they’re easy to fasten, don’t require any complicated knots and provide less room for error. To start, take your strap and feed it into the ratchet, placing it through the axle and pulling it tightly out the other side. Then simply raise and lower the lever on the ratchet to tighten the strap.

STEP 3: Secure the load

On each side, hook one end of the strap to your load and the other end to your ute’s handle. Ute handles or ‘anchor points’ can be located on either side of the tray.

STEP 4: Do a double check

Before hitting the road, it’s important you double check all your straps are taut and secure. Also ensure any leftover rope/strap is secured so it doesn’t flap around in the breeze. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.