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A Guide For Buying The Right Wheel Stops

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A Guide For Buying The Right Wheel Stops

Wheel Stops are most commonly spotted in parking complexes. They are also known as parking blocks as they stop vehicles from overparking and maintain a safe distance from walkways.

Wheel Stops can prevent accidental collisions and injuries from vehicles. In fact, they are highly useful for garages, fencelines, and storefronts. They come in different sizes and materials. A good-quality and durable Wheel Stop can easily stop all kinds of four-wheelers ranging from cars to heavy-duty trucks.

Like the ones we sell at Safety Xpress which comply with Australian Standards AS 2890.1:2004 and each one comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Why Consider Installing Wheel Stops?

Wheel Stops have been around for many years and they are one of the most efficient traffic management devices. If you manage a parking complex or have cars parked outside your store, you  must consider installing Wheel Stops.

Wheel Stops can be used to streamline the parking complex and attain maximum safety. They are not just limited to commercial areas, they can also be installed in residential areas like in your garages or on slopes. They are definitely worth considering for any car or truck park area, especially in high volume traffic places.

How to Choose Right Wheel Stops?

If you are considering installing Wheel Stops in your facility, your next question will be - Which kind of Wheel Stop should I buy?

That’s a fair question because there are  different types of Wheel Stops classified on the basis of material and application.

Choosing your Wheel Stops mainly depends on the place where you want to install them. Here are few things you should consider while choosing the right Wheel Stop:

Area of installation : residential, commercial or industrial

Kind of vehicles : cars or trucks

The volume of traffic: low or high

Here are the two most popular kinds of Wheel Stops:

#1 Rubber Wheel Stops

As the name suggests, these Wheel Stops are manufactured from premium, recycled rubber and assist in parking the vehicles without damaging the pavements.


  • Durability
  • Easy to Install
  • Low Maintenance
  • Environment-Friendly
  • Affordable
  • Aesthetically Pleasing


These rubber Wheel Stops come with a yellow reflective tape and are best if you need visibility during both day and night. These wheel stops are commonly used in commercial buildings like shopping centres and storefronts. But, they are also suitable for apartments, schools, medical centres and any carpark that has frequent high-volume traffic.

#2 Polyethylene Wheel Stops

The polyethylene Wheel Stops are highly durable. They are made of tough recycled plastic and are resistant to corrosion from oil and chemicals. Being UV stabilised, these wheel stops will remain intact without fading, therefore, lasting for a long time.


  • Ultra-durable – they do not fade, rot or rust
  • Easy to Install
  • Resistant to UV, moisture, oil and extreme weather conditions
  • Manufactured with ultra-tough, high impact resin
  • Environment-Friendly


Due to the lightweight nature of polyethylene wheel stops they are able to be installed easily by one person. They weigh just 4.4 kgs each and have reinforced fixing holes for additional durability and a plastic plug to cover the fixing hole to keep the weather away. All of our polyethylene Wheel Stops carry a 5-year warranty.

If you buy from us, you get a variety of colour options like, yellow, blue, or grey. 

A Brief Comparative Analysis: Rubber vs. Polyethylene

To make it easier for you, we have done a brief comparative analysis of both these Wheel Stops based on several parameters.

1. Durability

Rubber Wheel Stops - Ideal for both outdoor and indoor installation. The rubber wheel stops require very little maintenance and are resistant to UV light, oil and extreme weather conditions. They are considered to be the most durable option when compared to concrete wheel stops.

Polyethylene Wheel Stops - Good for indoor and outdoor installation, Overall, the plastic wheel stops require little maintenance, are exceptionally light and offer a neat streamlined finish.


Rubber Wheel Stops - Rubber Wheel Stops are relatively easy to install. They can be installed by a single person, do not require heavy lift equipment, and are easily drilled into position. These are the most commonly seen Wheel Stops in car parks and have reflective strips for extra visibility. They come with a 2 year Manufacturer’s warranty.

Polyethylene Wheel Stops - Installing polyethylene Wheel Stops requires some drilling in order to fit into place. They are exceptionally lightweight which means they can be easily transported without specialised vehicles. These Wheel Stops have a streamlined look and as they are available in different colours, can be used to define areas of car parks, for instance, disabled and valet areas. They come with a 5-year Manufacturer’s warranty.

We have guides available to download from our website to ensure that installation of your wheel stops is easy and hassle free.


Rubber Wheel Stops - Made from recycled rubber materials, it contributes most to the environment by reducing the number of scraps and converting them productively into Wheel Stops.

Polyethylene Wheel Stops - As these Wheel Stops are made from plastic, they are fully recyclable and therefore help in reducing the adverse effects of plastic on the environment.


Rubber Wheel Stops - They are an affordable parking solution as the price is quite reasonable.

Polyethylene Wheel Stops – These are more expensive than rubber Wheel Stops but still worth the price considering their easy application and longevity.

Explore your  particular needs for Wheel Stops first and depending on the place where you want to install them, decide on the type of Wheel Stops you require.

We are the leading supplier of safety products in Australia and you will find a great variety of rubber and polyethylene Wheel Stops on our website- www.safetyxpress.com.au.

When ordering from our website, you can rest assured knowing that all our Wheel Stops comply with Australian Standards AS 2890.1:2004.You can order Wheel Stops as per your requirements and we can arrange same day dispatch for you if you order before noon.

To assist you with installing your Safety Xpress Wheel Stops, we have created installation guides which you can find on our website.

If you have any other questions for us, please  feel free to call us on 1300 049 246.

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