There is no question that owning and driving a pickup truck brings thoughts of ruggedness, the great outdoors and hard-working people. However, there is no need to give up luxuries just because you drive a truck. These are five of the most popular truck accessories that not only add to the value of your truck, but can make it even more fun to drive.
Trucks can be difficult for some people to get in and out of because the cab often sits higher than other vehicles. Adding a running board makes it easier for children and shorter people to climb into and out of the truck. Today there are many kinds of running boards, including ones with the ability to fold up and down automatically when the door opens or closes.
In areas that see a lot of inclement weather, fog lamps are critical. Most fog lamps sit below headlights and project light that goes straight out from the bumper and not above. Because fog hovers between 12 and 18 inches from the ground, projecting light under the fog can help the driver see greater distances from the vehicle. Headlights, even low beams, tend to aim light directly into the fog and droplets reflect the light in many directions, which is why it is so hard to see even with the headlights on.
Heavy-Duty Trailer Hitch
Let’s face it, you bought your truck to haul things around and a lot of those things can be pretty heavy. In fact, some may not fit in the bed of the truck, which means you are going to have to put it on a trailer. If you plan to tow your boat to your favorite fishing hole or need to get that load of lumber across town, make sure you have a heavy duty hitch on your truck. You can find almost any hitch you need at companies like Tonka 4-Wheel Drive Ltd., but be sure to choose one that is tough enough to tow everything you want.
The tailgate is the part of the truck that takes the most abuse as things are dragged across it as they are loaded or cargo shifts while driving, sliding into the tailgate. Tailgate protectors come in many different styles and materials so it is easy to find one that matches your vehicle. Tailgate protectors not only protect the tailgate from scratches and dents, they can actually add to the value of your truck.
Wheel splash guards, or mud flaps as they are most commonly known as, are used for more than just displaying your favorite cartoon character or motto for life. They also protect the undercarriage of your truck from rocks, mud and gravel. They also protect other vehicles from stones or gravel that may be caught in your tires and sprayed across the roadway.
These five accessories for pickup trucks can not only protect many aspects of your truck, but can add to the value when you decide to sell. In addition, some of the accessories add to the usefulness of your vehicle, making it a valuable addition to your home for many years to come.