There is no doubt that Trucking Industry in South Africa plays a pivotal role to the economy. Trucks are the lifeblood for drivers, companies and customers that rely on the quality and dependability of trucks for their respective business.
For this reason, it is crucial not to over-look the importance of having the right quality parts on a truck. This short article will summarise the importance of semi-truck and trailer mudguards.
The primary purpose of mudguards is to protect the vehicles on the road from mud, rocks, water, and other hazards. Mudguards are important safety features to help prevent the wheels from kicking up debris that could fly into other cars on the road and cause damage or unsafe conditions. Truck mudguards can also help prevent the undercarriage as well as parts of the engine and body from damage.
In addition, mudguards reduce exposure to corrosive elements. This is especially important when driving through varying climates and conditions such as ice-melting chemicals and salt.
Mudguards are generally made in metal or plastic and have different qualities and properties respectively. The most popular choice of high quality mudguards is stainless steel which is valued for its strength, corrosion resistant properties and good looks. Plastic options are cheaper but still offer great durability and weather resistance.
However, the single most crucial aspect of functionality and reliability of any mudguards is the mounting hardware. These are the components that actually secure the mudguards onto the vehicle. High quality, purpose made mounting hardware, often outlasts the service life of the truck and is the difference between maintaining the longevity of the truck or the mudguards being damaged.
In South Africa, all vehicles must be road worthy and ADR compliant. The importance for trucks to be ADR compliant ensures not only the safety of the truck & driver, but also that of other road-users.
Because trucks and semi-trailers can occupy a significant amount of road space and operate in all weather conditions, trucks must have mudguards covering its wheels to protect from water, gravel and several other types of debris.
There is a famous adage that goes “buy it once, buy it right”. This is true for many businesses who rely on the performance and quality of their truck and equipment to stay competitive. High quality mudguards are paramount for owners not having to worry about parts breaking, fading or failing when operating their rigs. Another bonus is stainless steel mudguards increase the value and resale value of the truck.
At the end of the day, trucks are moving advertisement for its business. Operating a good looking, clean vehicle conveys a sense of pride and professionalism that reflects the quality of the business and brands image.
Mudguards are also a point of personalisation for many truck owners especially for show trucks. Often the best looking trucks in the world are equipped with polished stainless steel mudguards.