Attaching a load to a vehicle will raise the centre of gravity of the combined vehicle and load. (Use animation when ready.
This means that the risk of the laden vehicle rolling over will increase. Understanding the mass of the load and where its centre of gravity is will be critical for determining the centre of gravity of the combined vehicle and load which is in turn used to calculate the risk of a roll over.
With loads that are not uniform in density, it may be very difficult to understand where the centre of gravity of the load is located.
This is particularly important for tall loads and loads that are top heavy or oddly shaped.
This issue will be discussed further in Lesson 3.1