For trucks and SUVs that actually get off the pavement, mud and water can be threats. When driving through puddles, on dirt roads, or in off-road environments, water, mud, sand and other debris can splash up from the wheels. This coats the sides and back of the vehicle, but can also pose a problem to any vehicles following. A set of good quality mud/splash guards is the answer.
When comparing your options in mud/splash guards, there are several things to consider, including the thickness of the material, the overall weight (and any emblems or embellishments that add weight) and the overall style. Of course, you need to ensure they’re designed to fit your vehicle.
Here are a few points to keep in mind when considering new mud/splash guards for your vehicle:
Fit: Mud/splash guards are manufactured to fit a range of different makes and models, but you’ll need to make sure the set you’re considering is sized to fit yours (you couldn’t fit a set designed for a Yukon on a Chevrolet S-10, for instance).
Material: Most mud and splash guards are made from heavy-duty rubber and they’re designed to hang loosely under the vehicle. However, some are made from rigid plastic. These are shorter, and tend to have fewer embellishments or designs.
Weight: The weight of the mud/splash guards you choose is an important consideration because it affects performance. The heavier the mud guard, the more resistant it will be to blowing backward, which would allow water, mud, sand and other debris to splash past it. Metal emblems can add even more weight and stability.
Style: Adding mud/splash guards can also be a great way to add some personal flair to your vehicle. You can choose from a number of designs, from model-specific information (F150 for your Ford truck) to patriotic emblems and more.
A set of mud guards can protect your paint, safeguard vehicles behind you, and help add style to your truck or SUV.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy Good Quality Mud/Splash Guards and was authored by Valerie Johnston.