Wheel Chocks for Trucks and Trailers
Trailer Wheel Chocks
Wheel chocks for trailers, trucks, and other vehicles are designed to keep said vehicle from rolling backward or forward while parked idle, or while parked for maintenance, unloading, loading, etc., Manufactured in a variety of styles to fit the wide range of vehicle / trailer types and tire sizes out there, all of our wheel chocks are designed for heavy-duty performance.
Also known as trailer chocks or truck wheel chocks, these relatively inexpensive pieces of equipment are a common sight in the commercial trucking industry. They are easy to use and are an effective way to ensure the safety of those working around the vehicle.
Types of Wheel Chocks for Trailers
Our trailer chocks come in two materials: rubber and urethane.
Rubber wheel chocks are durable and lightweight. Because they are generally molded into shape, they often have eye bolts or handles molded directly into them during the manufacturing process.
These handles and eye bolts create a tether point, allowing for safe storage and preventing theft.
While rubber tire chocks are durable, they are not as resistant to the elements as urethane, so they are more commonly used in warehouses and other enclosed areas, rather than in the outdoors.
A urethane truck chock can withstand high impact yet is lightweight and easy to move.
Urethane retains its strength and elasticity, even with frequent use, and is resistant to weather elements and general abrasions. It's also resistant to oils, fuels, and lubricants, and won't rot, crack, or chip over time.
Our 10" urethane trailer chock has the same dimensions as our 10" rubber trailer chock, including the eye bolt connection point, but is around just 1/3 of the weight! This is a significant benefit for drivers moving multiple wheel chocks at once to secure their vehicle.
Wheel Chock Styles
The two most popular styles of wheel chocks are pyramid and wedge. Both types of wheel chocks work equally well in most situations, and the decision on which to use is generally a personal choice.
Pyramid Wheel Chocks
Pyramid wheel chocks are just what they sound like - a pyramid shape so it can be used on either side, making it the most versatile style.
Wheel Chock Wedges
A curved wheel chock for trailers has a flat back, with a deep curved profile to cradle a tire. Our urethane chock wedge has a raised diamond pattern and is bright orange for high visibility.
Wheel Chock Size
Once you have determined the type and style of wheel chock you want, the next step is to measure your tire to find the right size.
For standard truck and trailer size wheels, you should choose a wheel chock that's about 1/4" of the height measurement of the tire. For example, a 34" tire requires a wheel chock that's at least 8.5" high. You also need to choose a chock that is wider than your tire's diameter.
For oversized, industrial vehicles, wheel chocks may not abide by the 1/4" height guideline. In those cases, consult the vehicle's owner's manual for correct size and use of truck chocks.
When choosing wheel chocks, it's also important to remember the terrain's grade and condition (soft, firm, wet, etc.) where the truck or trailer will be parked and to consider using two chocks to provide adequate protection against rolling.
How to Use Wheel Chocks Trailers & Trucks
A: Parking on a flat surface: place wheel chocks on both sides of the driver side tire.
B: For extra safety or heavily weighted axles: place four wheel chocks on two axles.
C: Parking on a grade: place two wheel chocks against the grade of one axle.
Commercial Vehicle Wheel Chock Regulations
Regulations for trailer and truck wheel chock use vary by government agencies. For information on rules and regulations regarding wheel chocks from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), see our blog post: Wheel Chock Regulations: What's Required and What's Just Common Sense.
Have questions about which of our wheel chocks for trailers are best for your application? Need truck chocks you don't see here? Wondering about regulations? Give our sales team a call, they'll be happy to help and will do their best to help find what you need.