Wheel Guide

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Use wheel guides to mark loading bays and safely guide trucks into place. Reduce the risk of vehicles colliding with other vehicles or nearby buildings, walkways and more. See a full range of steel designs in straight, cranked and low-profile formats. Single-piece wheel guide designs for easy installation on site.Bolt-down fast for instant protection of vehicles and other assets. Have an upcoming loading bay revamp? Call our sales team on 0203 773 5397 or contact us for fast quotes and specifications.

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Wheel guides are physical barriers that help truck drivers to line up correctly with loading bays. Wheel guides will help drivers to stay in line while reducing the risk of collisions with buildings, other trucks or assets. They are generally installed on both sides of lanes or loading bays and help to keep freight areas organised.

Generally, truck wheel guides are made from steel. A strong steel wheel guide can survive collisions from trucks in case accidents do occur. Brighter colours also help the guide in being a visual aid for drivers. Powder-coated yellow designs are the most common guides used in loading bays.

truck wheel guides

HGV wheel guides are crucial to loading bay safety. Having them in place helps with -

  • Lining trucks up with loading bays or truck lanes - lining the trucks up currently allows goods to be moved easily to and from the trailer once in place.
  • Creating an even seal against a loading dock - an even seal will mean that there will be a reduces risk of gaps between the loading platform and the truck.
  • Reducing the risk of collisions - wheel guides will help prevent trucks from colliding with each other or nearby assets.
  • Reducing the risk of damage - wheel guide will also reduce the risk of damage, meaning they can help to save on expensive repairs
  • Protecting loading bay employees from harm - keeping trucks in line will reduce the risk of harm to warehouse employees in the area.

loading bay wheel guides

Installing wheel guides

Before installing wheel guides it is crucial to carry out a risk assessment of the area. When checking the area be sure to note -

  • How the area is laid out - how the loading bay is laid out may determine where the wheel guides will go. Having long stretches before docks or bays may mean that more wheel guides are required.
  • What kinds of vehicles are being used in the area - the size of the vehicles in the area is crucial to what kind of product you need on site. While some lightweight options are suitable for most trucks, other heavy-duty all-steel options may be best for articulated lorries.
  • The frequency of traffic - how frequent the traffic is in the area also means that other products like bollards or markers may be needed. Highly visible bollards can be used alongside the wheel guides to give further boost to driver visibility in the area.

Types of wheel guides

There are several types of wheel guides that are suitable to use in loading bays.

  • Straight wheel guides - a straight wheel guide pair provides the most simple guiding option in loading bays. The straight barriers form a direct line with the loading bay lane or dock.
  • Cranked wheel guides - these guides use splayed ends to act as an aid to the driver and provide an easy entry into the lane or loading bay.
  • Low-profile guides - low profile wheel guides are used where vehicles have a lower wheel diameter. This is ideal where trailers and double-decker trailers are used.
  • Flexible wheel guides - flexible guides will bend on impact should it happen. This gives the driver more warning when pushing against the guide and reduces the overall risk of damage to the truck and the guides themselves.

hgv wheel guides

Steel wheel guides are the best option for any standard loading bay. Steel guides are usually single piece for easier installation into the ground. Also, they are much easier to repair or replace if damaged, as opposed to concrete guides.

Truck wheel stops are also essential for loading bays. While the HGV wheel guides will direct the driver, truck wheel stops will help to bring the vehicle to a halt at the end of the parking bay.

Dock bumpers and buffers are also ideal for protecting walls and walkways. By putting a buffer between the truck and buildings it can help to reduce impact damage. Additional lighting or reflective material around the dock can also help the driver to see the loading bay and where to stop the truck.

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