You can't put just any roof rack on your car. You have to calculate your weight limits and work to those. What do you need to know before you buy a roof rack?
What's Your Car's Roof Weight Limit?
Every car has a maximum weight limit that dictates how much weight it can carry on its roof. You need to know this limit before you start planning which roof rack to buy.
For example, if your car's manufacturer states that your vehicle can carry up to 100kg, then this is the maximum weight you can put on the roof. This weight will ultimately have to cover the weight of the roof rack and your average load.
How Much Does the Roof Rack Weigh?
If you have an idea of which type of roof rack you want to put on your vehicle, then you need to know how much the rack weighs. Roof rack weights vary depending on the size of the rack, its material and its design. For example, aluminium racks are lighter than steel ones. Basket racks are typically lighter than cargo boxes.
How Much Can the Roof Rack Hold?
Every roof rack has its own load limit. This weight tells you how much stuff you can put on the rack.
So, if a roof basket has a weight limit of 50kg, then you know that you shouldn't load it with things that exceed this weight. The basket might not be able to hold them securely and safely without breaking.
What Will You Put on the Rack?
You should also think about the things you'll load onto the roof rack when you use it. They add to your overall carrying weight.
In some cases, you might not put anything too heavy on a rack. For example, if you'll use it to hold light camping accessories, then you won't add too much weight. However, if you're a tradie who will use the rack to carry tools and supplies, then you might carry heavier loads.
Once you have a set of weight limits, you can work out which roof rack is the best option for your car and load needs. For example, if your car can take 100kg of roof weight and your preferred rack weighs 20kg, then you have up to 80kg to play with.
You simply need to make sure that your chosen rack has a weight capacity of 80kg or over. If it doesn't, you might need to choose a different product.
To find out more, ask roof rack suppliers for advice.Share
29 April 2021
Welcome. I'm a high school teacher, and one of my subjects involves teaching the driving safety program. Most students have just obtained their licenses and are enjoying the freedom and excitement of driving for the first time. it is both rewarding and challenging to help them navigate the dangers of the road. One of the fun activities we do as part of the program is to look at the various car accessories students use to individualise their vehicles. I am always amazed and sometimes slightly jealous of the new products that they obtain. Occasionally, I even buy the same accessories for my own car! I figured that there are others out there who get a small thrill from car accessories but don't always have time to research the latest offerings. Hopefully this blog will provide some inspiration and keep you updated. Please enjoy.