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3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Running Boards For Your Truck

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Owning a truck can make hauling heavy loads more convenient, but it can also mean that you might experience more difficulty climbing into your vehicle. Trucks tend to sit higher than traditional passenger vehicles, and lifted trucks can require an even higher step to enter. Adding running boards to your truck will make your vehicle more accessible in the future.

Here are three things that you should take into consideration when purchasing running boards for your truck.

1. Weight Limits

Before you invest in running boards for your truck, it's vital that you take the time to determine the weight capacity for each product you are considering. Many drivers don't take into account the added weight that having a four-door truck can place on running boards.

The average weight of the American male registers at 195.5 pounds. Be sure that the running boards you purchase can support the weight of at least two people to ensure that two people can enter your vehicle at the same time without compromising the integrity of your truck's running boards.

2. Length

Running boards come in three different lengths: cab length (which runs only the length of your truck's cab), wheel to wheel (which run from the rear of your front wheel to your truck's back wheel), and bed length (a piece designed to be added to an existing cab length running board, and runs from your cab to the rear wheel).

You should take into account the overall aesthetic that each length of running board will provide before making a final decision when it comes to purchasing running boards for your truck in the future. Each length will provide a different look, so personal preference will play a part in the selection of running board length.

3. Retraction Options

If you like the idea of having convenient access to your truck, but you don't like the look of running boards, you might want to consider investing in a retractable product. These running boards can be extended with the push of a button to allow you and your passengers to more easily step into your truck, and then retracted out of sight once you are inside your vehicle.

Retractable running boards offer you the chance to maintain your truck's aesthetic without compromising safety when it comes to climbing inside your vehicle.

Investing in running boards can be beneficial if you want to make access to your vehicle easier. Be sure that you take weight limits, length, and retraction options into consideration before making a purchase to ensure you end up with running boards that suit your needs.