Mud Flap Installation
Mud flaps or splash guards , as they as commonly called, shield your truck and other vehicles on the roadway from debris flung in the air as a result of road grime and the rotation of your vehicle’s tires. On a daily basis, your truck’s tires are continuously in contact with the roadway and an extended list of materials ranging from filthy, muddy water to thick black tar. Now, fender wells are the main defense against splashing, however, they need some additional help and since your fender wells can’t extend down behind the tires, debris may still be thrown about. This can result in blinding other drivers or damaging the vehicles behind you without adding splash guards.
Together mud flaps, fender flares, and wheel well covers attempt to contain and minimize the physical and aesthetic damage to your rig and prevent accidents of vehicles behind you. In states like Ohio and Texas there are state laws that require the use of mud flaps, however, there is not a standard for mud flaps at the federal level. Some individuals think mud flaps are not needed, but for those who live in will rainy, snowy, and sandy climates or if you travel on many gravel roads will definitely see the benefits.
Here in Illinois, the law states law “No person may operate a vehicle, except a truck-tractor, outside of an urban area unless the vehicle is equipped with rear fender splash guards of either the contour or flap type that are attached to prevent the splashing of mud or water upon the windshield or other motor vehicles.”
Mud flaps are more than just a way to keep your truck cleaner or keep the cops off your bumper. In fact, some mud flaps like the Mud Flap Girl have become iconic symbols of the American automotive culture. Mud flaps have evolved from a purely functional truck accessory and now are a chance to show off your unique style and personality while on the highways.
You will also find these branded types of mud flaps on commercial vehicles all the time. For example, here in Illinois, you’ve probably seen the Monroe Truck Equipment logo mud flaps on many large commercial trucks driving around Chicagoland.
Unfortunately, when those work trucks enter the highway many times they are guilty of spreading the gravel, mud, and dirt they’ve collected while landscaping or on the construction site. This muddy mess then ends us caked up in the roadway and hitting this road debris can adversely affect your truck, but also it can have harmful effects to other cars on the road.