How To Use Car Ramps

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Take it from me, driving or reversing your car onto little ramps seems like a daunting task at first.

It’s not as hard as you think.

I know there are plenty of others, like me, that want to read a step-by-step guide before trying it for yourself.

So by the end of this tutorial, you will know how to safely put your car on ramps.

Requirements:

  • 2 x car ramps
  • 2 x wheel chocks (optional)

The car ramps you use must be able to take the weight of your car.

You can find out the weight of your car by checking your owners manual or by doing a Google search.

Step 1: Park your car on a solid, level surface and apply the handbrake

Make sure you centre your steering wheel so the wheels are straight.

This goes without saying. Never try to raise your car on an uneven or soft surface.

Step 2: Align the ramps with the wheels

Slide the ramps behind the back wheels or in front of the front wheels until the ramp touches the rubber.

Make sure the ramps are straight.

how to position car ramps

Step 3: Drive or reverse onto the ramp

Start your engine, put the car in gear and begin driving or reversing onto the ramp slowly.

Don’t turn your wheel whilst doing this.

Be warned that you may need to apply more throttle that you expect to get up the ramp.

Congrats, you made it! Now for the last couple of steps..

Step 4: Turn off ignition, leave in gear & apply handbrake

Turn off your ignition.

If you reversed up, leave the car in reverse gear. But if you drove up the ramps, leave the car in 1st gear.

For those with an automatic gearbox, put your car in park.

Apply the handbrake.

Leaving your car in gear is as an added safety precaution in case your handbrake fails.

Step 5: Use chocks

Place a chock in front of each of the wheels that are on the floor.

In my personal experience, I don’t know how important chocks are but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

TL;DR

Step 1: Park your car on a solid, level surface and apply the handbrake.

Step 2: Align the ramps with the wheels you want to up the ramps.

Step 3: Drive or reverse onto the ramps.

Step 4: Turn off the ignition, leave the car in gear (put it in park for automatics) and apply the handbrake.

Step 5: Put chocks under the wheels that are still on the ground.

Conclusion

The best advice I can give you is to have a friend or family member watch you drive up the ramps so they can tell you when to stop.

It’s not difficult at all, you just need the confidence to do it.

I will be making more tutorials like this as I learn and experience things for myself.

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