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Wheel chock guidelines are the first thing you

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-08-20

- Choose the appropriate wheel chock to the size and type of the vehicle.

- Assess weather and surface conditions to apply the correct chock.

- Stop the vehicle completely and fully apply parking break and test it before placing chocks in front of, behind or both in front of and on back of wheels (see below).

- Place wheel chocks securely against the center tire tread of each wheel.

- Wheel chocks should be used in pairs and in a steady position to hold the vehicle.

- Position the chock in the direction of the grade. When a truck is facing downhill, the chocks will be placed in the front of the front tires of the vehicle, and on the back tires of the vehicle when the back end is facing down.

- Use more than one pair according to OSHA or MSHA guidelines or on more extreme grades.

- Remove chocks before moving vehicle.

Other wheel chock guidelines include testing them to make sure they meet the requirements, since improper use can result in the failure of the product. Weather conditions such as snow and ice and slippery mud will affect chock effectiveness. Chocks that have steel grated bottoms are appropriate for the ice, but consider parking a vehicle away from the slippery mud if possible. They are effective in holding various sizes of trucks when used with care and consideration of the terrain. One additional wheel chock guideline is that they should never be driven over. This can result in tire and vehicle damage, and although a chock is not too expensive, it will be damaged as well. Using a damaged chock is not a good idea, as it will not perform as expected.

While these wheel chock guidelines are fundamental and generally accepted by industrial and utility fleets, each user will need to determine the best chocking method for their situation.

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