How to Mount a Ladder on a Car

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How to Mount a Ladder on a Car
Securing a ladder to a car. (Wooden ladder image by Tasha from

There are various ladder sizes that enable us to reach the things that we need. There may come a time, however, when a ladder needs to move from one destination to another. Most ladders are impossible to carry alone thanks to their height and weight. It may be necessary to use a car move the ladder. To do this, you will need to ensure that it is safely mounted to avoid becoming a road hazard.

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Things you need

  • 2 bungee cords
  • Red rag
  • Padlock

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  1. 1

    Push the ladder together so that it is shut. Have someone help you carry the ladder to your car. If you need to carry the ladder alone, ensure the top is tilted facing upwards.

  2. 2

    Place the ladder on top of the roof skids that are on the car's roof. Push the ladder as far forward as it can go, making sure that the ladder's feet do not extend more than three feet past the vehicle's back. Never attempt to secure a ladder to a car that does not have roof skids.

  3. 3

    Wrap bungee cords or ratchet tie down straps around the ladder's top end and the roof skids (ratchet tie down straps are typically a better option as they tend to be more secure). Do the same to the bottom. Secure the ladder to the roof by pulling the cords tights around the ladder and hooking the ends to the roof skids. Attach a padlock and lock down the ladder for extra security. A padlock also will prevent the ladder from being stolen. It is possible to cut a bunjee cord or ratchet tie with a knife or scissors.

  4. 4

    Tie a red rag on the end of the ladder to signal to other road users that the ladder extends past the rear of the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Drive the car a short distance making a few sudden turns to ensure that the ladder is properly secured to the vehicle. Start off driving slowly and then increase in speed. Listen also for any rattling noises as this indicates that the ladder is not securely attached to the roof skids.

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