Mud-Flaps or Splash Guards, Is There a Difference?

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Mud flaps or splash guards attach to the wheel of your car to reduce the spray or splash of water, rocks, mud or snow. The terms ‘flaps’ and ‘guards’ refer to the same thing, the only difference is the use of the terms in different regions. In the West they use the term flaps, splash or mud guards is popular in the Midwest and the East uses the term Splash Aprons.

Often, your new car will come without flaps. Driving in mud, rain, snow, water or dirt without the flaps can easily damage your car or create mayhem for other drivers behind you. As a car accessory, it helps prevent grime and dirt from getting to the more sensitive parts of the car, especially the under carriage which is highly susceptible to corrosion and rust from environmental elements.

Mud flaps offer a good investment for your automobile while saving you money and time in the long-term. They can withstand multiple driving conditions, protecting the frame of your car, especially for off-road users who drive in extreme conditions most of the year.

Types of Mud Flaps

There are several types of mud flaps available in the market namely:

No Drill Mud Flaps

The no drill mud flaps are made of thermoplastic material and rely on the digital fit technology when mounting them on the car. The digital fit technology and the quick turn fastening system makes it possible for you to fit them while the tire is in the car. Most of them come in black but are easy to customize as per your style.

Husky Custom Molded Mud Flaps

The husky custom molded mud flaps come in a pair in black, for either the rear of the front wheels of your car. Each packaging comes with a pair of thermoplastic flaps and mounting hardware for easy installation on your car.  

Universal Splash Guard Mud Flap

The universal mud flaps fit into any vehicle, on both the rear and front wheels as necessary. Each pair of 19” flaps are made from thermoplastic material comes with mounting gear included in the packaging.

Lund 930 Series Single Wheel Mud Flap

The Lund 930 series features a stylish collection of mud flaps made of aluminum with a Brite anodized finish, giving your wheels a sleek finish. Each packaging contains a pair of mud flaps, with mounting gear for easy installation at home.

Customization

Each mud flap type comes in a solid color you can customize to fit your style. You can use your mud flaps to pay homage to your favorite team, share your creativity with the world, send a funny message to other road users or support a good cause. Customization offers limitless options for you to get creative and expressive with your mud flaps.

Plastic vs. Rubber Mud Flaps

Often, you will have to choose between either plastic or rubber mud flaps. Both options offer you protection; however, plastic guards are more common on smaller vehicles while the rubber flaps are popular with heavy-duty vehicles and trucks. Plastic flaps work well with lighter cars and survive extreme driving conditions well. Rubber flaps offer the same durability as plastic but are more flexible, making them the better option for heavy weight vehicles.

The mud flap or splash is a small accessory that requires very little investment and can save you thousands of dollars in the long-term. Often, most splash guards are quite easy to install at home. If you have trouble choosing or mounting the flaps, the team at the Z-One Automotive can help you.