Whether you use your truck bed for hauling cargo, carrying supplies, or even transporting passengers, adding weight to the bed can be beneficial during the winter months. Adding additional weight to the truck bed helps increase traction and stability on slippery roads and icy surfaces.
It also reduces the chances of fishtailing and sliding due to the added weight being distributed evenly across the vehicle.
What Kind of Weight Should I Add?
The best kind of weight to add is something that is evenly distributed across the truck bed. Opt for a heavy-duty tarp, concrete blocks, sandbags, or even water tanks filled with a heavy liquid like sand or saltwater. This will help ensure that the weight is not concentrated in any one area, which could cause instability and poor traction on slippery roads.
How Much Weight Should I Add?
The amount of weight you should add depends on several factors such as your vehicle’s make and model, load capacity, and tire size. Generally speaking, it’s best to add between 200-300 lbs. of evenly distributed weight in order to achieve optimal traction and stability during winter conditions.
Adding additional weight to your truck bed can be an effective way to improve traction and stability during winter conditions. The best type of weight to use is something that is evenly distributed across the truck bed such as a tarp or sandbags.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to add between 200-300 lbs. of evenly distributed weight in order to ensure optimal performance on slippery roads.