Running boards can be a stylish accessory for your truck, but they also have several benefits that consumers may not be aware of. When you add a pair of running boards to your truck, you are increasing its resale value. Running boards also exist for cars, but in a large vehicle such as a heavy duty truck, they offer the added benefit of making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They are mounted just under the door and serve as a step. Many trucks are very high off the ground, and having that extra step can make owning a truck more pleasant and even possible for those who may avoid the purchase over concerns of entrance and egress. Running boards also help the truck owner reach the top of their truck better in cases where one is tying down a load or trying to wash the top of their vehicle. Running boards also increase stability in trucks that carry heavy payload or for off-road use by providing additional support against the pressures of load or terrain. Running boards can also serve to protect the sides of the truck from scratches or dings as they serve as a physical barrier that prevents things from getting too close to the side of the truck. In minor accidents, they may also act as a barrier and take the brunt of the force, preventing dings, scratches or minor body damage in a less serious encounter. The ultimate choice of whether or not to purchase and install running boards rests with the vehicle owner. Some will forgo the added expense, but for those who are contemplating the purchase of a set of running boards, it is important to know that the benefits go beyond mere aesthetics.