Wheel Restraints

Wheel Restraints


Wheel restraints use a fixed track and sliding chock mechanism to secure a trailer to the loading dock. The chock captures and applies force to the trailer鈥檚 wheels, preventing vehicle creep and premature trailer departure.


Traditional vehicle restraints rely on contract with the trailer鈥檚 rear impact guard. However, these systems are not suitable for all trailer types. Trailers with damaged impact guards, lift gates, or unconventional axle configurations require a different solution. For these types of trailers, truck wheel restraints are the best option for securing the trailer to the dock.


McKinley is pleased to offer the full line of Kelley wheel restraints. Various configurations are available to satisfy your needs and budget.

Systems range from simple manual systems, to automated systems with advanced vehicle detection and signaling capabilities.


Manual systems are the most economical option. Kelley鈥檚 manual wheel restraint systems are designed for easy deployment. An advanced actuator design allows an operator to generate up to 32,000 lbs. of restraining force with less than 36 lbs. of activation force.


Automated wheel restraints employ a hydraulic circuit to secure the chock against the wheel and apply the restraining forces. The automated systems are available in two distinct styles, surface mount and recessed.


Surface mount restraints are installed with the track and chock mechanism above ground. This configuration offers installation cost savings and the raised rails can serve as alignment aids for drivers docking their vehicles.


Recessed wheel restraints are fully contained below ground. The underground installation maintains the smooth driveway profile that allows easier snow removal and does not restrict traffic flow in the driveway.


Most wheel restraint systems include advanced detection and signaling to improve dock safety. LED indicating lights mount inside and outside the facility, providing visual indication of the restraint status to drivers and dockworkers. Wheel and carriage sensors detect and sound an audible alarm if the restraint is prematurely disengaged or the trailer starts to move.

To learn more about wheel restraint options for your warehouse, contact McKinley today.

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