Winter, ah yes, ’tis the season. The season of bitter cold wind, several feet of heavy snow to be shoveled, and even the occasional slip sliding on driveway ice. However, winter is also the time of year when trucks can really show off what they’re built for. Whether you use your truck to get through the snow for work or play, there’s no doubt your 4×4 is a fully capable machine when it comes to taking on the elements. If you’re anything like most truck owners though, you probably love finding ways to make your truck even more versatile and capable when the weather strikes. There are so many aftermarket parts and accessories available for almost every truck ever manufactured, that navigating the flood of options is almost like Christmas shopping for yourself!
Your truck may be pretty well equipped for winter the way it is, but let’s take a look at some of the best winter upgrades available for it anyway. From pulling cars out of a ditch to plowing snow, these accessories will bring your truck’s usefulness to a whole new level while keeping you better prepared for whatever old man winter brings your way! Let’s take a look at the top 5 winter truck accessories you could buy to upgrade your truck:
- One of the most common winter upgrades might seem pretty obvious. However, just in case you don’t know these are available, you should look into them. Getting a set of snow tires for winter can bring you a huge improvement when driving through deeper snow or even on top of packed snow. The treads are designed and carved for better traction and provide improved vehicle control during the winter. There are many different brands, sizes and styles of snow tires available. Some sets will be more expensive than others but there are very often some budget options available as well. Typically speaking, winter tires use a softer, stickier rubber compound. This also means the tread on them will wear down faster if driven on dry pavement which is why many drivers prefer to keep a set of winter tires as well as summer tires for their vehicles. The different types of winter tires will vary depending on what you will be using them for. There are different treads available for deeper snow, icier roads, or even mountain driving. Visit your local tire shop for more details.
- Another great winter upgrade for your truck would be installing a snow plow. Again, this might seem obvious to many, but it’s an upgrade a lot of people think about but never move ahead with. There are so many great plows available and it’s even created a very affordable used market as well! There are many different sizes of plows available for your truck as well. Maybe you have a long country style driveway and need something heavy duty to get the job done; or maybe you have a short driveway, but need to save the time it takes to shovel the driveway in the morning. No matter how much snow you are looking to move, there will surely be a plow that’s right for you. Adding a snow plow to any truck will increase its usefulness for the entire time of your ownership of the vehicle. Plus, almost every snow plow on the market is easily removable for when the snow stops falling. There is no need to worry about having to keep the plow on the truck year round.
- This next upgrade is kind of old school, but it’s a legendary truck accessory just the same. Do you remember the days of the winch? Well, not only are they still used very often, the technology and materials used in their construction have only improved their strength and durability. If you or a family member has ever found their way into a ditch, then you probably know how useful a winch can be. Of course, they are used for many other purposes as well, such as pulling tree stumps out of the ground or even to pull you over huge boulders if you ever do any off-road driving. However, there is no denying their incredible ability to get you or a loved one out of a winter ditch if you happen to slide off the road. It’s what makes the winch a must have winter truck accessory.
- If you leave your truck bed exposed during the winter then you could find yourself with a bed full of heavy snow. Sounds like one more thing to shovel that you shouldn’t have to, right? Not to mention, if you have anything in your truck bed when freezing rain falls it might be awhile before you get to use it again. The answer to these winter challenges is a tonneau cover for your truck. But, with so many options on the market, how will you know you’re getting the highest quality tonneau cover for your money? Some tonneau covers will collapse under heavy snow so it’s important to choose one made from high quality materials and that’s built to stand the test of time. Roll-N-Lock Tonneau Covers are made in America from the highest quality materials available. They come with a patented four-point locking system that simultaneously locks the cover and the gate so you’ll have peace of mind when it comes to security. Roll-N-Lock Tonneau Covers are easy to install and unlike folding style covers they do not impair rear visibility at all! Best of all, they will keep your truck bed and its contents out of the snow and away from the harsher elements of winter weather. Massive wind gusts will skip right over your bed and glide off the cover too leaving you with improved fuel efficiency and better control when driving. Roll-N-Lock Tonneau Covers are one of the most affordable and important ways you can prepare your truck for harsh winter weather!
- Once you have your Roll-N-Lock Tonneau Cover it only makes sense to pair it with a Cargo Manager®, an optional companion product for Roll-N-Lock Tonneau Covers. The Cargo Manager® is a movable truck bed divider that can be positioned every 3 inches along the length of the bed to manage and contain lightweight cargo. Controlled from the driver’s side, the Cargo Manager is repositioned by simply squeezing the control levers. Then, the Cargo Manager’s spring-activated mechanism automatically pins the divider to each side track in the next available slot. When combined with a Roll-N-Lock retractable tonneau cover, this dynamic product combination gives truck owners not only the ability to cover and secure the contents of the truck bed, but also prevents objects from shifting in the bed when stopping or turning abruptly. This can come in extremely handy when you need to make sure you can access the contents of your bed quickly, especially when the weather is cold or when sleet or snow is falling all around you. Having whatever you might need in the exact place you expect it to be can be the difference between getting the job done right and as quickly as possible or having to waste time looking for the right tool for the job.
Winter conditions can be brutal sometimes, but that’s why you bought a truck in the first place. You understand what’s coming and you know you’re going to be prepared for it. There’s plenty of ways you could upgrade your truck’s look. You could even get a new suspension. However, when it comes to winter driving these are the top 5 accessories you should be considering. For the ultimate winter vehicle, you could even get all 5 of them. Why not collect them all? Because, as you know, there is no replacement for being prepared when weather strikes. I think that’s something we can all agree on.