Loading Ramps Facts Quiz

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Loading ramps are very handy when it comes to hauling heavy loads. How knowledgeable are you about loading ramps? Take this quiz and find out!

Which of the following best represents a loading ramp?

The loading ramp is a real-world version of that old friend from high school science class, the inclined plane. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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What is a loading ramp used for?

A loading ramp helps you move heavy objects from the ground into the bed of a trailer (or up a short flight of stairs or into the back of a truck or…well, use your imagination). <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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Why are many loading ramps designed to fold?

Many loading ramps are designed to fold when not in use, so that you can stow them efficiently in the back of a truck or tuck them out of the way in a garage. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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When is there a higher risk of tipping over backwards when driving up an inclined plane?

When driving up an inclined surface, such as a ramp, there's always a danger of tipping over backwards. The risk is greater for vehicles with a high center of gravity (a motorcycle, for instance) than it is for vehicles with a low center of gravity like tractors. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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What is something you can do to avoid slipping or sliding off of a loading ramp?

Another danger is slip-sliding off the ramp. The solution: Use a ramp that has a surface designed for traction (many do), and don't drive up a wet ramp. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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How do you avoid letting the ramp come loose from the trailer?

Imagine this scenario: You're driving up the ramp, the front wheel comes down on the trailer bed, and the rear wheel, now slightly elevated, starts to spin. The rotating motion of the wheel can push the loading ramp backwards, away from the trailer and onto the ground. The vehicle and its driver will go tumbling. To make sure this doesn't happen, be sure that the ramp is tightly secured to the trailer, with a chain or safety straps. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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Which of the following causes the most problems?

The steeper the ramp, the greater the likelihood of an accident. Consider putting the trailer on a surface that's lower than the one that the cargo is being loaded from so that the ramp will be fairly level. For instance, consider having the trailer on the street so that the other end of the loading ramp can be positioned on a raised curb. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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How should safety chains/straps be attached to a loading ramp?

If the safety chains attaching the ramp to the trailer are too long, the ramp may sag dangerously or there may be a gap between the ramp and trailer. Consider removing a link from the chain or attaching it by a link other than the one at the end. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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Which type of vehicles use a loading ramp?

Several types of vehicles use loading ramps. For example, cars, trucks, airplanes and helicopters all use loading ramps. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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Which of the following has a low center of gravity?

The risk is greater for vehicles with a high center of gravity (a motorcycle, for instance) than it is for vehicles with a low center of gravity like tractors. <a href=\"http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/towing/equipment/accessories/loading-ramps.htm\"">How Loading Ramps Work</a>

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