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4 Reasons to Buy a Tonneau Cover for Your Truck

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Silverado with hard tonneau cover
Photo: DiamondBack Truck Covers

If you’re a truck owner, you probably love your vehicle’s practicality and capability.  You can further enhance your truck’s versatility with a tonneau cover. Here’s a look at how this simple accessory can enhance your truck ownership experience.

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Store your stuff

A tonneau cover makes your truck bed an ideal place to carry everyday items. Lightweight cargo, like groceries, could easily fly out of the truck bed when traveling at high speeds. Instead of cramming the groceries in with your backseat passengers, chuck them into the truck bed and secure them with a cover.

Safety and security

“Out of sight, out of mind” is a saying that applies to would-be thieves. It’s not terribly difficult for a thief to snag a toolbox, drill, air compressor, or similarly sized bounty from an open truck bed. To proactively prevent theft, conceal your gear with a tonneau cover. For added protection, choose a locking cover that won’t open unless you unlock the tailgate.

Protection from the elements

It’s happened to all of us — you’re driving down the freeway, the sky is growing dark, and suddenly, you’re cruising headlong into a thunderstorm. A tonneau cover can go a long way to protect your cargo from the elements, whether you’re trying to shelter it from rain and snow or harsh winds and sun exposure. Plus, these covers are designed with drainage channels and weather seals to keep rainwater off of your cargo.

Fuel Economy

This one is hotly contested in forums across the net, but some studies show that tonneau covers provide a modest boost in fuel economy. Research by the Specialty Equipment Market Association found that trucks with tonneau covers earned 11.81 percent more miles per gallon, translating to an average increase of 1.18 mpg.

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