Did you know that tractor-trailers can be dangerous if they're not properly secured? That's why it's important to use wheel chocks when parking a tractor-trailer. In this blog post, we'll discuss what wheel chocks are and how to use them effectively. Stay safe on the road!
Wheel chocks are pieces of equipment that are used to keep tractor-trailers stable and secure when they're parked. They work by preventing the vehicle from moving or rolling in any direction due to inertia, which can be especially dangerous if you're driving on a steep incline or decline.
There are several different types of wheel chocks available in the market, but the most popular and effective ones are made of metal or rubber. Metal wheel chocks are usually made of cast iron or steel, and they're designed to be placed under the tires of a parked tractor-trailer. Rubber wheel chocks, on the other hand, are placed behind the tires and they're usually made of a durable synthetic rubber compound.
When selecting wheel chocks, it's important to choose the right size and type for your specific application. For example, if you're parking a tractor-trailer on a flat surface, you'll need different wheel chocks than if you're parking on a steep incline. It's also important to use the correct number of wheel chocks for your tractor-trailer.
Once you've chosen your wheel chocks, it's important to learn how to use them properly. Always make sure that both sets of wheels (front and back) have their own individual wheel chock in place before attempting to park or move your tractor-trailer.
When you're finished driving your tractor-trailer, follow these steps to safely and effectively use wheel chocks:
1. Check the incline or decline of your parking area to determine what type and quantity of wheel chock you need.
2. Place a wheel chock in front of and behind each set of wheels (front and back), making sure that the chock is of the correct size and type for your application.
3. Double-check to make sure that the wheel chocks are in place and not sliding around before moving your tractor-trailer.
4. Once you've parked your tractor-trailer, leave it running long enough to make sure that the engine is stable and the brakes are properly cooled.
5. If you'll be away from your tractor-trailer for an extended period of time, shut off the engine and set the parking brake before chocking the wheels.
By following these simple steps, you can rest assured that your tractor-trailer will be safe and secure when you park it. Stay safe on the road and remember to use wheel chocks whenever necessary!