If you are looking for reasons to invest in a new tonneau cover, you do not have to look very hard. There are a lot of advantages that come with a covered bed.
More Storage Space
Storing items in an open truck bed can be hazardous for a lot of reasons, which is why most owners opt for secure toolboxes or storage inside the cab when it comes to their most important tools. Adding a tonneau cover creates more space that is secure, protected, and easy to use when you need to carry more gear, groceries, or other cargo.
Protects Your Cargo
Folding tonneau covers have become popular because they are more versatile than hinged covers with a single-piece top, but they offer similar protection. A hard top not only protects against weather, but also debris, falling objects, and even theft. When you use a folding cover for that level of protection, you also gain the ability to control how much of your bed is open when you are carrying oversized items.
Reduce Drag at High Speeds
The question of how truck accessories affect the aerodynamic efficiency of various pickups has been a matter of some contention over the years. Many studies show tonneau covers improve your aerodynamic efficiency by reducing drag, although not all of them. There are no studies showing increased drag, though, so it is an area worth further study. There are a lot of unanswered questions like whether the tonneau’s design style changes its impact on your truck’s drag.
Secure Your Truck Bed’s Contents
Many tonneau cover styles include locks to secure the bed. This helps reduce theft and makes it easier for you to take your gear wherever you go, allowing you to be more responsive when a job comes up on short notice or when someone has a last-minute supply need that sends you to the store on the way home from work.
Add Options for Organizing Your Gear
Hybrid tonneau covers combine the great organization features you find in truck bed toolboxes with the full bed protection of a tonneau. There are a lot of different approaches to this balance, so it’s a good idea to check out all your options if you are shopping for extra organizational options. Even the most basic designs make it easier to use other modular bed organization tools, though, because of the additional advantages they bring like protection from the weather.
Protect Your Truck’s Bed
If a retractable tonneau cover protects your truck bed’s contents, then it’s also safe to say it protects the bed itself. That means your truck stays in better condition for longer, which helps keep its resale value high.
Improve Your Ride
When your truck bed’s contents are prevented from moving around and protected from the weather, it has a positive effect on both your handling and your ride quality because it ensures your truck’s momentum is always working predictably. Loose cargo is free to move in ways that apply forces you don’t expect in directions you can’t predict. Do yourself a favor and opt for a smoother driving experience.