From aluminium to steel, bull bars are a common sight on many off-road vehicles, but how you do know if you need one? When driving on rough terrain, it's not difficult for an animal to take you by surprise and jump in front of your vehicle, but with a bull bar, your car or truck will be protected from the impact.
Offroad bull bars come in a variety of materials and styles depending on their function, the vehicle they are designed for and aesthetic preferences.
Regulations can have an impact on what materials new bull bars can be made from, but aluminium is one common option, providing a very light option while still offering strength. For commercial applications, steel may be more common, offering even more protection for the vehicle.
Bull bars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. As mentioned, this can be based on the vehicle they are designed for, but often these are simply cosmetic choices. From squares and angles to rounded corners and loops, bull bars come in a wide range of styles to suit your tastes without compromising on strength.
It is important to ensure that any bull bar you purchase meets the relevant regulation. This of course ensures that your vehicle will not be breaking any rules with the bull bar installed, but it also ensures your safety. Many bull bars are tested to ensure things such as airbag function. An unsafe bull bar could save your vehicle, but put you at risk.
Bull bars will usually come with comprehensive installation instructions, but if you are in doubt, don't hesitate to contact a professional for help. It is often as simple as attaching the bull bar to the truck or car using holes that may already exist underneath the front of your vehicle. It is simply a case of attaching the bull bar and tightening the brackets securely. Once attached, ensure everything is secure and straight, and you should be good to go. If you are installing a steel bull bar, you may require assistance.
If you're concerned about protecting your vehicle when driving off-road, a bull bar is the perfect way to minimise the risk of any damage from a collision, especially with wildlife, but it is important to make sure you are confident in the bull bar and the way it has been installed, or you could be putting yourself in danger.