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10 Reasons Why You Should Not Overload Your Vehicle



  1. Overloading your car makes the car difficult to steer and takes the car longer to stop. The consequences of this instability can sometimes cause an accident.
  2. Overloading a vehicle puts strain on the tyres of  the vehicles. The tyres can overheat and wear rapidly which increases the chance of premature, dangerous and expensive failure (such as blow outs).
  3. Vehicles that are overloaded consume more fuel than normal.
  4. When a vehicle is overloaded, it has difficulty in accelerating. In this state, overtaking becomes very difficult.
  5. Overloading your vehicle can lead to the increase in the maintenance cost of your vehicle. This is because there would be extra stain on your car’s woking components such as shock absorber, tyres, brakes and, of course,  increased fuel consumption.
  6. Overloading can put your car’s suspension system under severe stress. Overtime, this can  damage a component of your vehicle’s suspension system.
  7. The headlight of an overloaded vehicle tends to tilt up. At night, when the headlight is on, it can blind oncoming drivers. This can have fatal consequences.
  8. Brakes of overloaded vehicle tend to work harder than necessary. This is due to ‘the riding of brakes’ and because the vehicle is heavier due to overloading. In such condition, brakes can overheat and lose their effectiveness to stop the car.
  9. Overloading your vehicle can void your vehicle insurance. Overloading a vehicle is illegal So, in the event of an accident, your vehicle insurance cover can be voided.
  10. Overloaded vehicles tend to cause excessive wear and damage to roads, bridges and pavements at the expense of the taxpayer.

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