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A Buyers' Guide to Wheel Clamps

If you’re parking your vehicle long-term, or are a caravan or trailer user, you might be considering a wheel clamp to beef up the security for your vehicle. Clamps can be an excellent security device — both as a visual deterrent and as an actual preventative — but you need to make sure that you get the right one for your needs.

This article aims to give you all the information you should need to buy with confidence. Before proceeding it is important to note that if you are operating a private car park or are looking to use a clamp as a punishment measure, you should know that this practice has been largely outlawed since 2012.

Triple Arm Wheel Clamp with Lock and Key

Ease of use

If you are simply clamping your vehicle because it is in long-term parking, or you only use it very occasionally, you might want to sacrifice ease of use for stronger construction and greater wheel coverage —so a larger clamp that completely hides all wheel nuts might be a good option.

For contrast, if you are on the road – on a touring holiday, for example, or are likely to make a few stops with your caravan or trailer – you’ll want to emphasise ease of use, as you will be putting on and taking off the clamp much more frequently.

Simpler models are available for this purpose, with quick deployment/removal that makes them very well suited for use during short-term parking at motorway services (for example) and for longer periods when you reach your destination.


While any clamp will provide a visual deterrent to some degree, it also needs to be well constructed in case you have the misfortune to come across a particularly determined thief. Look for a combination of strong materials and dependable construction methods.

Heavy-Duty Car Wheel Clamp


There’s a huge variety of wheel and tyre sizes on the roads, so make sure the clamp you buy is suited to your specific needs. It must cover at least one wheel nut, preferably more/all, and be the correct size (diameter and depth).

Most wheel clamp models available are adjustable, so you just need to make sure that your wheel falls into the advertised range.

Finally, consider the weight of the clamp. If generally follows that a heavier clamp is a more secure option, but if you struggle to lift and position it correctly then it can become inconvenient very quickly.

What next?

If you need further advice, or have any questions about wheel clamp usage, you can chat with the experts at First Mats on the website at www.firstmats.co.uk where you can also check out the full range available through the company. Alternatively, send an e-mail to info@firstmats.co.uk.