Chocking your vehicles wheels gives you a 3rd brake, aside from putting the vehicle in park and engaging your car’s e-brake when you are parked. There are certain instances when you want to chock your car’s wheels like:
- When you need to lift your car with a jack to change a flat tire. Lifting the car or truck in the air with a jack removes the vehicle traction on that tire and maybe even one other tire. Even when the car is in park (or in any gear if manual transmission) the vehicle is not completely stable and can roll. To avoid costly damage to the cars suspension and or brake system in case the car falls of the jack, it is recommended that you chock the wheels.
- When you are stuck. Trying to get loose from sand, slippery mud, or slushy snow or ice you can block the wheels that aren’t stuck until the stuck wheels are loose.
- Parking on a steep incline. The basics are the same when chocking your vehicle when parking on a hill – you set the parking brake, place the vehicle in Park (or in 1st gear if a manual transmission), turn your front wheels towards or away from the curb (depends on whether you are facing uphill or downhill). Chocking you wheels is an added safety precaution in case a catastrophic brake and or transmission failure.
- Installing snow chains. The reason for chocking your car’s tires while installing snow chains is similar the reason you would do so for changing are tire. You will be lifting the vehicle (car, truck, or SUV) in the air with a jack making the vehicle unstable.
- Putting the car up on jack stands. Putting your car up on jack stands will allow you to get underneath the vehicle to work on it. You may be doing routine maintenance like an oil change or performing a common repair like changing a fuel pump that has gone bad and do longer supplies sufficient fuel pressure to keep the vehicle running properly.
- Vehicle transporters also using wheel chocking to secure vehicles while in transport. Car carriers also use straps and chains to tie down cars while in transport.
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