Which Aspects of Car Shipping Are Important?

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August 11, 2023

Which Aspects of Car Shipping Are Important?

A few crucial measures and angles are important, in addition to ground clearance, to guarantee the safe shipping of your car.

Loading Ramp Angle

Unfortunately, you don't always get to choose this angle when shipping; it depends on the mode of transportation and whether your automobile is on top or bottom of the trailer or railcar.

When driving up or down a ramp, the surface will change from level to incline to level again. As a result, your car may become stuck on the front or rear bumpers during loading or unloading or on the undercarriage during the change from the ramp's incline to the upper-level surface and vice versa.

Here are some crucial measures and angles that you must need consideration to avoid damaging your vehicle when loading it onto an open trailer or railway.

Break-over Angle

The break-over angle on a ramp is the angle between the ramp's slope and a hypothetical line drawn from its upper-level surface.

Understanding your vehicle's break-over angle might help to safeguard the area underneath the wheels. It originates from two key measurements: the wheelbase's midpoint, which is equal to half of the distance between the wheel centers, and the vehicle's ground clearance, which is the height of the vehicle above the ground. It is crucial for transporting automobiles since they must be loaded using ramps with varying slopes onto open trailers or railcars.



A vehicle's overhang is the length that extends at the front and back beyond the wheel base. The terms "front overhang" and "rear over hang" are typically used independently. The front and rear bumpers typically have these overhangs, although they can also be an air dam. Whatever the specific cause, overhangs can impair the capacity to climb steep inclines.


Approach and Departure Angles

The maximum angle at which a vehicle can safely climb from a horizontal plane is called the approach angle. The angle formed by drawing a hypothetical line from the front tire's base to the front overhang's lowest point means by the term.

The opposite of the approach angle is the departure angle, which defines the angle formed by an imaginary line connecting the lowest point of your rear bumper to the base of your rear wheel. The departure angle is the angle a vehicle can descend a ramp without damaging it.

Approach and departure angles are crucial for off-roading activities in addition to transportation restrictions since they show how steep of an obstacle, like a rock or log, the vehicle can navigate based on its body form.


Influencing These Elements

There are a couple of things that you can do to affect these angles. Depending on the vehicle, these options might not be feasible.

The first choice is to raise your car's ground clearance. If your vehicle has air-ride or coil-overs, you may adjust the settings instead of changing the suspension to achieve a higher ride height. The break-over angle and the approach and departure angles are strongly impacted by your increased ground clearance.

The best alternative is to send your car with an enclosed truck if you can't make these improvements or if they don't make a difference. The enclosed trucks have lengthy, low-angle ramps or hydraulic lift gates that have been developed especially for vehicles with these requirements.

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August 11, 2023