Running boards attach to the side of your truck or SUV, usually close to the base of the door. You’re probably familiar with fixed running boards, but did you know you can upgrade to an automated version?
There are some basic benefits to having running boards installed, whether automatic or fixed. First, they make it easier for people to get in your truck — even the shortest passengers. Many types of running boards also have traction strips, which improve grip and therefore safety as well. When climbing into or out of a raised vehicle, this is critical.
Running boards also offer a place for passengers to clean their feet off before they hop into the cab. This can help keep the interior of your vehicle cleaner, longer.
Finally, running boards protect the body of the truck from chips and scratches. They block flying gravel from hitting the body paint. This can save your truck from premature rusting.
But electric running boards — what’s unique about them? Below are four advantages to opting for automated versus fixed.
1. Get More Clearance
If you drive off-road, you know the importance of having plenty of clearance. If a fixed running board hits a rock or slope on the trail, it could damage the board and put a damper on your fun. More clearance means more flexibility and more excitement! You can easily retract electric ones whenever you want.
2. Improve Fuel Efficiency
If you drive a large vehicle, fuel economy is at the top of your priority list. Fixed boards are an aerodynamic disadvantage. You can improve your gas mileage by streamlining your truck with electric, retractable running boards.
3. Adjust Height
Fixed steps don’t help if your passenger can’t even reach them! When you can adjust the height, this is a non-issue. Give even the smallest riders a leg up into the cab with an adjustable, automated running board.
4. They Won’t Get Packed Full of Snow
Living in Utah, you are no stranger to the snow you need to drive through every winter. With a fixed model, snow, ice and slush can get packed between the board and the truck. This is bad for your fuel economy. Plus it makes the board slippery and thus an ineffective step up, and it contributes to rusting by trapping moisture and road salt against the body of your car.
With an automated version, you don’t have to worry about this issue. You can pull them back snugly into place before you drive through the next winter storm.
One of the most obvious benefits of either fixed or electric running boards is: They look cool! Would you like to find out the cost of adding them to your vehicle? Contact Laketown Speed and Sound today for a quote.