An SUV can prove very useful when it comes to hauling things. Proper planning will help you remain safe and maximize your hauling capacity to the fullest.

First, decide whether you need to haul passengers, cargo, or both. The amount of gear you can load will greatly depend on your ability to fold your seats down.

Once you have decided how much you can haul, begin placing the heaviest items near the front of your cargo space. Try to distribute your load evenly as much as possible. Be careful not to stack things so high that you cannot see out your back windows.

Brace items against one another or use cargo straps to help keep them in place. Your goal is to keep things from shifting if you suddenly need to slam on your brakes. Keep these things in mind and loading and unloading your SUV will be a breeze.