Random furniture, construction debris, lots of single shoes and tons of other garbage litter the roadsides of Iowa. How does all that junk get from someone’s house, a factory, or a job site to the ditch?
Practically every day Iowa Department of Transportation employees cringe at what they see on the road. Pick-up truck beds loaded to the hilt tied down with a single rope (or no tie down at all), passenger vehicles with half-open trunks full of stuff peeking out through precariously placed bungee cords, flatbed trailers with beams bobbing and weaving with each dip of the road. These items are all just one bump away from becoming dangerous obstacles in your daily commute.
The following are tips from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Tips to safely secure your load
When moving, towing furniture, or transporting items in an open truck bed, it is important to make sure all items are secured.
How to avoid road debris
Check out what the Iowa DOT does to make sure there aren’t obstacles in your way - http://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/special-report-road-debris
For 2018, there have been 112 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of six since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf