Overloading of vehicles – The Dangers
speed up because of how far ahead he can see – until a pedestrian suddenly steps into the street and the driver can’t stop in time. Or a driver speeding along Highway 2000 may be doing just fine – until a tyre blows out, and the driver loses control of the car.
Speeding may get you there faster, or it may keep you from getting there at all!
Impedes the driver’s ability to control and manoeuvre the vehicle as the driver’s operating space is reduced. This is why many drivers, especially with passengers, are seen driving with their hands hanging outside of the vehicles.
With overloading, seat belts are often not used as the aim is to pack in as many persons as possible into the vehicle as you would sardines in a tin.
With overloading, if the collision is to the front end, the pressure on the occupants is from the front and the back. This is because:
The front is crushed in sending pressure to the centre.
Pressure from the back is created when the passengers in the back are thrown forward. Tyre traction is reduced Brakes have to work harder
Suspension system is stressed
Overtaking power is reduced