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How to use a loading ramp safely

Last updated on October 18th, 2019 at 11:27 am

Loading ramps provide the ultimate safe and simple method to manoeuvring your vehicles and industrial equipment into your truck and van. Here at The Ramp People we supply a great range of truck ramps and van ramps suitable for all industries and we understand the importance of being able to rely on them all year round. We have highlighted some primary safety precautions to take when using loading ramps to ensure they work best for you. 

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1) Forwards not backwards.

Now this may sound obvious, but when you are driving your vehicle up your ramp (or any inclined surface) there’s always a danger of tipping over backwards. The smaller the vehicle or equipment you are moving the greater the risk so ensure you have it secure or can get it loaded on to the van or truck in one motion. Does your vehicle have rear wheel drive? Try driving up the ramp backwards, in reverse, so that the powered wheel is uphill.

2) Stay on the ramp

There are always risks when manoeuvring on a ramp, especially with varying sizes of vehicles and equipment. Safety is of paramount importance so our ramps come with highly durable, anti-slip surface and optional raised edges to ensure your equipment can stay safe and secure. 

3) Keep the ramp attached


Be sure that the ramp is tightly secured to the trailer, with a chain, safety straps  or hook connection option which our own ramps are offered with.  Our ramps are built with an optimised weight so they can work perfectly with your equipment and stay connected as you load your vehicles on and off your van or truck. 

4) The ramp angle should be low

Don’t set your ramp up on too steep a gradient, the steeper the ramp, the greater the likelihood of the vehicle coming back down or falling off either side is increased. Make sure the van or truck is on a surface that’s lower than the one that the vehicle is being loaded from (ie. the pavement) so that the ramp will be fairly level. 

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