This article may contain affiliate links. For details, visit our Affiliate Disclosure page.
There’s no end to the number of questions about a running board that we receive. “How do I choose a running board?” is one of them. It always seems there is never enough information on what makes for a quality product, how to size it properly, or what features are worth prioritizing when selecting the right product.
In this post, we’ll be exploring how to choose the right running boards for your needs and budget so you can enjoy maximum safety and performance while in your truck bed.
How Do I Choose A Running Board?
The first is that the running boards will dictate how you load and unload cargo onto your truck bed. This is important because if your vehicle’s running boards don’t allow for effective loading and unloading of cargo then you’re better off without them. Most of the aftermarket manufacturers make their products so they provide easier access to the truck bed to ensure you can get in and out with ease. Some of the aftermarket running boards will even have utility racks that you can utilize in your vehicle.
Their function is to help create a workspace in the truck bed and maximize your cargo carrying ability. If you’re looking for a toolbox alternative for hauling tools and supplies then you likely want to choose a product that has a working shelf, which is often built into the running board. Let’s say that you need to get into bed during an emergency. You could do so without a running board, but this can be half the difficulty of entering the truck bed.
Security and safety are other primary concerns when considering your purchase. Many of you may not have thought about security issues associated with running boards, but they’re important to consider as well. Securing your truck bed after loading it with cargo is essential to keeping valuables safe. This is important whether you’re concerned about the loss of cargo or preventing a dangerous situation from developing in regards to securing workers or passengers inside your vehicle.
Making your running board a safe space means that you can use it and store valuable cargo while the bed is still loaded. Having a securely locked tailgate as we’ve discussed previously will help keep your valuables safe from theft or accidental damage. If you plan to load your truck with heavy cargo, like a car hauler for example, then you’ll also benefit from running boards that can support the weight of the load as well.
The last thing we want to discuss is how your running boards impact your performance, especially in regards to safety. Running boards need to possess a functional design and be strong enough to support the loads you plan on hauling. You also want to find out if the product exceeds industry standards or if it comes with any guarantees. You can start by looking at the frame’s ability to hold up under loading conditions before choosing what you think is appropriate for your truck bed.