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What are the Benefits of using Good Quality Truck Tarps
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What are the Benefits of using Good Quality Truck Tarps

Any cargo or load of the merchandise being carted around by trucks requires protection from the environment to preserve the quality of the load and also needs to provide adequate protection for other road users from anything that may blow out of the trailer when traveling on the road. This makes tarps essential, especially when carting loads like grain or sand.

If you’re still on the fence about whether you need to tarp to cover your truck bed or not, read on. We’ll discuss the many practical benefits of using truck tarps.

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Benefits Of Truck Tarps

Cargo Protection

Tarping your truck keeps things in their rightful place, so they don’t get lost or damaged while you’re on the go.

Apart from this, it also protects your cargo from water, dust, and other elements, especially in extreme weather conditions.

High-quality roof tarps should be water-resistant, and a vast majority of them also come with UV-resistant materials. This ensures that they are able to preserve the quality of the cargo against rainstorms or extreme heat.

Tarpaulins are made from different materials, PVC being one of the most common. PVC is an ideal tarp material used for tarps to cover timber or steel as it is a sturdy yet adaptable material to ensure optimal protection.

Fuel Efficiency

It may not be as obvious, but having a tarp can improve a truck’s fuel efficiency.

Covering the load on the truck bed with a tarp, or traveling with the tipper tarp closed reduces air resistance, allowing air to pass smoothly on top of the truck. The cover also minimises air pockets, especially on an empty truck bed.

This will reduce drag, air resistance and minimise trapped air inside the truck bed. As a result, the engine is able to work more efficiently.

And because there is less pressure on the engine, acceleration on the road also comes relatively easier.


An open truck bed or trailer is a major stability and security threat.

Using a mesh tarp to secure the load and prevent spillage can provide basic protection but should only be used in certain circumstances.

The open spaces of the mesh tarp covering might not be enough to contain the cargo from spilling or flying through and possibly hurting an unfortunate pedestrian or another vehicle.

A better way to protect your cargo from spilling is by covering it with a high-quality waterproof PVC truck tarpaulin.

Securing the cargo with a good quality truck tarp also means protecting other people and vehicles from potential danger.


Having a tarp on your trailer doesn’t only protect your load; you can also use it for advertisements.

Major companies often have their trucks splashed in their company colours, utilising the large space as an opportunity to showcase their logo. The beauty of this is that while the trucks are travelling cross country, the company has its brand being showcased interstate.

Ease of Loading and Unloading Cargo

When it comes to the loading and unloading of the truck, tarps prove simple in both covering and opening up a trailer.

For tippers or dump trucks, tarps are often set up to either open side to side or front to back. 

The front-to-back opening allows for a larger open area for loading as they don’t require crossbars to support the tarp. On the other hand, the side-to-side opening is a proven system for getting a good weatherproof seal. 

The Downside Of Not Using Truck Tarps

A downfall to not covering your load during transit would be the risk of it falling off or out of the trailer.

This causes issues for other traffic on the road and creates potential hazards along the journey. By having a truck tarp in place, the drivers lower these risks exponentially, preventing potential accidents from occurring.

The last thing a novice or even experienced driver wants is to have to try and dodge falling debris from the truck a few car’s lengths ahead.

If this happens, the major downside for the truck owner or logistics and truck companies is the loss of profit and a decline in the happiness of their customers.

Better safe than sorry– best to invest in heavy-duty tarps and cover up your load to ensure its safety and the safety of others on the roads around.

Heavy-Duty Tarps From Westarp

The right tarp type provides many great benefits for your trucking business. Westarp has been providing truck tarp services to truck companies all over Australia. Contact us today for all your tarp needs.