The Importance of Vehicle Restraints for your Loading Docks

January 31, 2022

Many of the products in your home have moved across the United States inside of a truck, where nearly every journey starts and ends at a loading dock. Businesses as large as Target move products from their distribution centers to their stores every day. While businesses as small as your local deli have their specialty ingredients delivered to their door. No matter the size of the business, a truck is normally used to move products from one loading dock to another. With such constant use, it’s vital to maintain the best safety practices to keep your inventory and employees safe. One of the best ways to prevent accidents is to install high-quality vehicle restraints at each of your docks to lock in trucks. 

How Vehicle Restraints Work

A vehicle restraint, also known as a trailer restraint, truck restraint, or dock lock, holds a truck or other vehicle in place while it’s parked at a loading dock. The two most common styles are a hook that attaches to a trailer’s rear impact guard (RIG) or a wheel lock that holds the wheels in place.

Our vehicle restraints:

Stabilizing Dok-Lok 

Shadow Hook Dok-Lok

Non-Shadow Hook Dok-Lok

Vertical Barrier Dok-Lok

Recessed Dok-Lok

Global Wheel-Lok

Manual Wheel-Lok 

These will safely secure trucks to your loading dock, but one may be better for your loading dock than others. For example, if you work with trucks that have rear impact guards (RIGs), look into a hook, but if you work with a large variety of vehicles, the flexibility of the wheel lock may be a better option for you. You should speak with an expert to decide which model is right for your business. 

What They Help Prevent

Trailer creep or dock walk

Premature departure 

Landing gear collapse 

Trailer pop-up

Trailer upending

Loading dock theft 

You can trust our over 40 years of experience at W.E. Carlson to help you choose, install, and maintain the correct vehicle restraints for your loading docks. Call us at 1-847-640-0011 or contact us online to speak with one of our experts.


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