GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- The warmer weather of summer brings out vacationers hauling boats trailers, canoes, kayaks, bikes and other equipment both behind and on top of vehicles.

KARE 11 is taking a look at some of these common items and consulting with experts to find out the safest way to secure them to your car or truck.

On KARE 11 News at 11 a.m. Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol talked about tips for packing a pick-up truck.

Here are some of his tips and information:

  • Drivers are responsible for securing whatever cargo is in the back of their vehicle.

  • Larger, lightweight items are more likely to come out of the vehicle, depending on wind speed.

  • Need to use something like a ratchet strap. Something that won't stretch.

  • Bungee cords are not ideal because they stretch, can loosen and break.

  • If transporting a table, make sure it's upside down, so the wind doesn't catch it.

  • It's illegal to drive with your tailgate down. Make sure it's up.

  • Nothing can be more than 6 inches out the right side of the truck.

  • Nothing can extend beyond the fender on the left side because of 2-way traffic.

On KARE 11 News at 4 p.m. an expert from Midwest Mountaineering will demonstrate how to tie down a kayak on the top of a vehicle and at 5 p.m. they will show the best way to haul a canoe.

And at 6 p.m. KARE 11's Boyd Huppert will show the results of an improperly tied down mattress and give tips on proper tying.

For more demonstrations on properly attaching a trailer to your vehicle the Minnesota State Patrol has created a video.

The Extra at 10 p.m. is the heartbreaking story of a family that experienced the tragic results of driving behind an improperly attached trailer.

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