Payload Safety Quiz

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Payload safety is very important. Improperly packing heavy cargo can cause damage to your vehicle and endanger other drivers. How knowledgeable are you about payload safety? Take this quiz and find out!

Why is overloading a vehicle dangerous?

Overloading a vehicle can put a huge strain on the engine, transmission and other working parts. At the same time, drivers in overloaded vehicles are putting themselves and others on the road at risk. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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What is payload?

Payload is simply any load carried by a vehicle. It also helps you determine how much you can fit in your vehicle and how many trips you have to take. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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Which of the following counts towards the payload of a vehicle?

Payload is simply any load carried by a vehicle. It also helps you to determine how much you can fit in your vehicle and how many trips you have to take. And before you count up everything you'd like to put in your car, don't forget: Passengers count as payload, too. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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Which of the following do you need to know in order to calculate a vehicle's payload?

Calculating payload capacity requires you to know your vehicle's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) and curb weight. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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How much weight do car manufacturers factor in for passengers?

Most car manufacturers factor in 150 pounds (68 kilograms) per person per seating position. That means that when you're considering how much weight you can carry in your car, you can think about every available empty seat as an extra 150 pounds. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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How does the payload capacity of an SUV compare to that of a car or truck?

It's best to think of the payload capacity of an SUV as in between a truck and a car. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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Which is more likely to roll over when overloaded?

Because the center of gravity on an SUV is typically much higher than a car's, they're much more likely to roll over, especially once they're overloaded. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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Which of the following would most likely be included in a towing package?

A truck with a towing package might come with a trailer wiring harness, a heavy-duty hitch and safety chains. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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What are some vehicle modifications that can help improve payload capacity?

The manufacturer might install a bigger engine, stronger brakes and a better cooling system for overall increased performance when trying to improve payload capacity. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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Where can a police officer issue a ticket for unsafely loading a vehicle?

If a police officer pulls you over and determines that your vehicle is overloaded, it's possible that you may get a ticket for unsafely loading a vehicle -- something no one ever enjoys. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/towing-capacity/vehicle/payload.htm">How Payload Works</a>

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