Guide: How to Safely Load Your Roof Rack

How to Safely Load Your Roof Rack

It’s far from unusual to exceed the weight your car roof can hold. And it can happen as a result of several unrelated reasons. But it’s usually due to not being aware of the roof load capacity.

The weight your car roof can support may vary a lot among brands, makes and models. But between 50 kg (110 lbs) and 100 kg (240 lbs) is often mentioned as a rule of thumb. This includes both the weight of the roof rack and the roof box.

We’d like to point out that our soft roof rack Northrack is not like other roof racks when it comes to roof weight limits. Since our rack rests firmly against the roof, there’s a higher limit than the traditional racks where the weight rests on the frame.

You can always consult your car manual and registration in order to obtain information regarding roof load capacity. It’s important to note that you’re never allowed to exceed the cars maximum load limit, which excludes the driver but includes the passengers.

Here are few things that are worth keeping in mind when putting weight on roof rack:

  • Make sure that nothing hangs loosely on either side of the vehicle. Remember to fasten. This is common when transporting tarps or ropes.
  • The cargo should never cover your cars registration sign or lights.
  • It’s important to ensure that the cargo is never blocking your sight or makes it hard to maneuver your vehicle.
  • If possible, anchor your cargo against the front part of the roof rack so it won’t slide on heavy breaking.
  • Make sure the cargo is anchored so it won’t be a danger to anyone. It should never ever be in contact with the road.
  • Use straps when anchoring your cargo. It might be a good idea to check on it every now and then to ensure nothing is loose.

In sum total. No matter which method you’re using, it’s important to spend time and effort on packing and anchoring the cargo. As the driver, you’re legally responsible and need to make sure that your cargo doesn’t cause a hazard or unnecessary risk. Remember to drive safely!