If you’re transporting a car on a trailer you’ll need to strap it down to keep it secure. Here’s how to do it:
First attach the winch hook to the front of the car. If the car has a front bumper hook the winch hook onto that. If not hook it onto the frame of the car.
Next run the strap around the front of the car and through the winch hook. Then pull the strap tight and hook it onto the trailer.
Now do the same thing with the rear of the car. Attach the winch hook to the rear bumper or frame and run the strap through it. Pull the strap tight and hook it onto the trailer.
Finally attach the safety chains to the front and rear of the car. These will keep the car from coming off the trailer if the strap breaks.
That’s it! Now your car is securely strapped down and ready to transport.
How do you properly strap down a car on a trailer?
You will need to use ratchet straps to secure the car to the trailer.
Run the straps through the trailer’s tie-down loops and over the car’s frame.
Ratchet the straps tight and repeat on the other side.
How many ratchet straps do you need to strap down a car on a trailer?
You will need at least 4 ratchet straps to properly secure a car to a trailer.
Where do you run the ratchet straps through on the trailer?
Run the straps through the trailer’s tie-down loops.
Where do you run the ratchet straps over on the car?
Run the straps over the car’s frame.
How do you secure the ratchet straps to the car?
There are typically D-rings or similar attachment points on the car’s frame.
Pass the ratchet strap through the D-ring and pull tight before ratcheting.
How tight should the ratchet straps be?
The ratchet straps should be tight enough that the car does not move around while on the trailer but not so tight that they damage the car.
Are there other ways to secure a car to a trailer?
In addition to ratchet straps you can also use wheel chocks and/or a trailer winch to secure a car to a trailer.
What are wheel chocks?
Wheel chocks are blocks that are placed behind the tires to prevent the car from rolling while on the trailer.
What is a trailer winch?
A trailer winch is a device that is used to pull the car onto the trailer.
It is typically used in conjunction with ratchet straps.
How do you use a trailer winch?
First secure the trailer winch to the trailer.
Next attach the winch cable to the car.
Start the winch and allow it to pull the car onto the trailer.
Once the car is on the trailer secure it with ratchet straps.
Do all trailers have tie-down loops?
Most trailers will have tie-down loops but not all.
If your trailer does not have tie-down loops you can use trailer anchors instead.
What are trailer anchors?
Trailer anchors are devices that are used to secure the ratchet straps to the trailer.
They typically screw or bolt into the trailer’s frame.
Do all cars have D-rings or similar attachment points?
Most cars will have D-rings or similar attachment points but not all.
If your car does not have any attachment points you can use a tow hook or similar device.
What is a tow hook?
A tow hook is a device that is used to secure the ratchet straps to the car.
It typically bolts or screws into the car’s frame.
I don’t have a tow hook or any attachment points on my car.
How can I secure the ratchet straps?
In this case you can loop the ratchet strap around a solid part of the car’s frame and secure it back to itself.