Aside from facilitating easy ingress and egress from a vehicle, running boards also protect the body sides from damages. The stable support provided by a set of nerf bars or running boards is a great measure of safety and peace of mind especially for younger or older passengers. Side steps are built to handle abuse as most are bolt-on to a vehicle in a pre-existing mounting position on the frame.
Supported by the steel construction and heavy-duty frame mount brackets, a standard running board also boasts of an incredible weight capacity as it can hold up to 300lbs. or more at a time. Heavy-duty running boards fitted with an aluminum support frame beneath the stepping surface can even carry a weight capacity of up to 500lbs.
During wet weather, a running boards' treaded pads help passengers get a safe grip on the step before climbing into the vehicle. These all-weather pads have a grooved design that channels water away from the stepping surface. Aside from providing a non-slip surface for stepping, nerf bars also help to keep dirt and mud from reaching a vehicle's carpet. The treaded pad is an excellent place to wipe one's feet, while the tube becomes an ingenious tool for knocking off the mud.