Pickup trucks offer a lot of versatility, and adding a truck bed mat to the cargo area can be an excellent option that helps offer multiple benefits. Not everyone wants to add a full bed liner to their truck, but a rubber truck bed mat is easy to install and offers several benefits in one accessory, which makes them an excellent option for most pickups.
Selecting A Bed Mat
If you are considering adding a bed mat to your truck, the first thing you need to do is determine what size and style you want to buy. Rubber truck bed mats come in custom sizes to fit most makes and models of trucks on the market, so getting the right size is not difficult, and most auto part stores that sell accessories can get you the right mat.
Many manufacturers make the mats in plain black rubber finishes and custom mats that have your truck's manufacturer's logo molded into the rubber. The style of the bed mat does not make it work better, but it can add some character to the vehicle, and that can be as important as the function to some truck owners.
Installing a rubber truck bed mat in your pickup truck can make the bed's surface safer and easier to move around on. A wet truck bed can become extremely slippery, but the truck bed mat is slip-resistant, and if you are moving around in the bed of the truck often, it can help you keep your footing.
If the bed mat builds up water on the surface, it can be removed from the truck so you can dump the water off and then put back in, giving you a dry surface to work with again. The rubber surface will also help keep cargo from sliding around in the bed and causing damage to the bed and the cargo you are moving.
In some cases, cargo moving around could present a hazard, and strapping the cargo down is a good practice. The rubber truck bed mat and the straps can be a great combination and result in a stable load.
Truck Bed Protection
While most truck owners purchase a pickup for the ability to haul cargo in it, protecting the bed of the truck with a rubber truck bed mat can help maintain the value of the pickup truck and still allow you to use it for work. Dents and dings in the truck bed can lower the resale value of the pickup, and often the paint will be scraped, chipped, or damaged from cargo moving around in the bed.
Installing a rubber truck bed map when the truck is new can help keep the dents, dings, and scratches from happening at all, raising the truck's value when it is time to sell it.