Mudguards are protective accessories that prevent debris, mud, snow, and other objects from damaging your fenders and undercarriage.
In this blog post, we aim to answer the most pressing questions regarding mud flaps.
What are the benefits of a mud flap?
Mudflaps protect your car and undercarriage from debris, mud, snow, and other objects on the road. Aside from protecting your vehicle, they also help keep your fenders clean. Custom fenders for heavy vehicles can also help advertise your brand or business.
How long should mud flaps be?
When it comes to the length and width, you need to follow vehicle laws in your state or province. Here in Canada, your mud flaps need to cover the width of the tire and extend to or below the
centerline of the axle. Not complying with regulations can cost you a fine.
Do mud flaps make a difference?
Yes, mud flaps make a significant difference for your car and other drivers on the road. A small investment can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and maintenance.
What type of mud flap should I get?
The type of mud flap you should get depend on the following criteria:
You should know that better-performing mudflaps cost more than poor flaps. High-quality flaps like rubber flaps are durable and resilient to impact, splashes, and extreme weather conditions.
Most mudguards are made with metal, plastic, rubber, and polymer.
Rubber: Rubber flaps are resilient and very durable. They can be used on all types of vehicles including trucks and heavy-duty vehicles. High-quality rubber maintains peak performance under extreme weather and allows for customizations.
Metal: Metal flaps are better suited for smooth terrain. They are more suited for small cars and trucks. They aren’t as resilient as rubber or polymer mudflaps.
Plastic flaps: just like metal flaps, plastic mudguards are more suited for smaller cars. They are stiff and provide less protection from high-impact debris, and don’t perform well under extreme conditions.
Polymer flaps: Polymer flaps are made with special polymer materials for improved strength and resilience. Just like rubber flaps, they are good for trailers and perform well in harsh conditions.
Design: Mudflaps come in many shapes and designs. You can opt for drill or “no-drill” flaps. For drill flaps, you need to drill holes in your wheel well, while no drill flaps require only screws. Nowadays, many custom mud flaps for trucks have aerodynamic designs to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency in cars.