Moving van

You may be tempted to squeeze as much stuff as possible in your vehicle when relocating. However, your car is designed to only hold a certain amount of weight. When this amount is exceeded, it can cause tire blowouts, suspension issues, and poor fuel economy. Also, your insurance coverage will be voided if you have an accident with an overloaded vehicle.

Here are some steps that you can take to avoid overloading your car and the problems it can cause.

Check Your Car’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum weight that a car can safely handle. You can find your vehicle’s GVWR on a sticker attached to the driver’s side door or in your car’s manual. One way to check if your car’s loaded weight is still within its GVWR is to take it to a truck weighing station with all the items and passengers in it the day before your moving day. However, this way may cause you more stress if you find out that you have exceeded your car’s GVWR. You may find yourself hiring movers at the last minute.

A better approach is by getting an idea of how much extra weight your car can handle or its payload capacity. To do this, take note of your car’s unloaded weight along with its GVWR.  You can find this labeled as curb weight on the same sticker where you can spot the GVWR. Once you have these two pieces of information, simply subtract the unloaded weight from the GVWR. The resulting number will be your car’s payload capacity.

For example, if your car’s GVWR is 2,700 kg and has an unloaded weight of 1,990 kg, the safe payload capacity would be 710 kg. The total weight of your items and passengers should not exceed 710 kg to keep your car from overloading.

The step mentioned above will only give you an estimation of your car’s payload capacity. If you think you’re on the verge of overloading your car, getting it professionally weighed is worth doing.

Check Your Tire’s Load Index