Top 5 Truck Accessories to Upgrade Your Ride

Around here, we are celebrating Truck Month! Auto Accessories and More is part of the Arrow Ford family and Truck Month is all about celebrating the best-selling pickup for 47 years running, the Ford F-series. While we love our Fords, we really LOVE trucks of all kinds!

Your truck is more than just a vehicle; it’s a workhorse, an adventure companion, and an extension of your personality. Whether you use it for hauling cargo, hitting the off-road trails, or cruising around town, there are a variety of accessories that can enhance its functionality, comfort, and style. Here are the top 5 truck accessories to consider adding to your ride:

1. Bed Liner: Protecting your truck bed is essential, especially if you haul cargo regularly. A bed liner safeguards the metal bed from scratches, dents, and rust caused by tools, equipment, and other materials. There are two main types of bed liners: spray-in and drop-in. Spray-in liners offer a more custom fit and a smoother look, while drop-in liners are typically less expensive and easier to install yourself.

2. Tonneau Cover: A tonneau cover keeps your truck bed’s contents secure and protected from the elements. It also improves fuel efficiency by reducing wind drag. Tonneau covers come in various styles, including hard folding, soft folding, retractable, and roll-up. Our truck accessory experts can help you choose the best bed cover option based on our needs, preferences and budget. If you frequently access your truck bed, a folding or retractable cover might be the best option. If you prioritize security and weatherproofing, a hard cover might be a better choice. We carry the top brands of tonneau covers including BAKFlip, Retrax, Rough Country, and more.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado with Tonneau Cover

3. Assist Steps: Getting into and out of a lifted truck can be challenging, especially for shorter passengers. Assist steps, also known as running boards or side steps, provide a secure and convenient step-up point, making entry and exit easier and safer. They also help to keep the truck’s interior clean by minimizing dirt and mud tracked in from shoes. Assist steps come in various materials like steel, aluminum, and plastic, and they can be chosen to complement the style of your truck. Auto Accessories & More also offers powered running boards that extend for your convenience needed and retract under the vehicle for a sleek look when not in use. Schedule a consultation to discuss step options for your vehicle.

4. WeatherTech Floor Liners: Protecting your truck’s interior from dirt, mud, spills, and wear-and-tear is crucial. WeatherTech floor liners are custom-fit for specific truck models, ensuring a perfect fit and comprehensive coverage. They feature a raised lip and channels that trap liquids and debris, preventing them from reaching the carpeted floor. WeatherTech floor liners are easy to remove and clean, making them a practical and stylish choice for any truck owner.

5. LED Light Bar: If you frequently drive at night or in low-visibility conditions, an LED light bar can significantly improve your visibility and safety. LED light bars are much brighter than traditional halogen lights and use less energy. They come in various sizes and configurations to suit your specific needs. Whether you’re navigating off-road trails or driving on dark country roads, an LED light bar can provide the extra illumination you need.

2022 GMC Sierra Denali with Light Bar

These are just a few of the many truck accessories available to enhance your vehicle’s functionality, comfort, and style. All of these truck accessories (and more!) are available at Auto Accessories & More in Abilene, TX. Remember to consider your individual needs and preferences when choosing accessories, and don’t be afraid to add your personal touch to make your truck truly unique. Stop by our showroom at 3995 S. 1st Street, Abilene, TX to speak with a truck accessory expert and start personalizing your truck today. Happy Truck Month!

Conquering the Cold: Cold Weather Vehicle Accessories

As the icy grip of winter approaches, preparing your vehicle for the changing conditions is crucial for safe and confident driving. With these essential steps and cold weather vehicle accessories, you can transform your car into a winter warrior. Ensure optimal performance and peace of mind even during the harshest Texas winter with Auto Accessories & More.

Tire Traction: Embracing the Grip

The bedrock of winter driving safety lies in proper tire selection. Summer tires, with their hardened rubber compound, lose grip significantly in cold temperatures and snow. Switching to dedicated winter tires is paramount. These tires boast a softer rubber compound that maintains flexibility in the cold, while their aggressive tread patterns bite into snow and ice for superior traction. Investing in winter tires is not a frivolous expense. It is a crucial safety measure.

Auto Accessories & More offers a wide selection of winter and all-season tires from brands including Toyo, Nitto, Yokohama, BFGoodrich and more. Enter your vehicle information at autoaccessoriesabilene.com in the Interactive Garage and see a 3-D rendering of your vehicle outfitted with winter tires!

Battery Resilience: Avoiding the Cold Cranking Blues

Cold weather wreaks havoc on car batteries, draining their power and hindering engine starts. Before winter arrives, a thorough battery test is essential. If the battery shows signs of weakness, replacing it is the prudent choice. A dead battery in the middle of a snowstorm can turn into a frustrating and potentially dangerous situation. Proactive battery maintenance eliminates this risk.

Visit the Quick Lane department at Arrow Ford to have your battery tested before it becomes a hassle. You can schedule an appointment here.

Clear Vision: Ensuring Safe Visibility

Worn-out wiper blades become ineffective in winter conditions, leaving drivers squinting through streaks of ice and snow. Replacing them with winter-specific wiper blades designed for optimal performance in snow and sleet is crucial. Additionally, ensuring the windshield wiper fluid reservoir is filled with a winterized blend that won’t freeze at low temperatures guarantees clear visibility, a non-negotiable element of safe winter driving.

Gear Up for Winter Preparedness

While essential maintenance ensures basic winter driving capability, these cold weather vehicle accessories can further enhance your car’s performance and preparedness:

  • Ice scraper and snow brush: A sturdy ice scraper with a built-in brush is a winter driving must-have. This handy tool is great for clearing ice and snow from windows and windshields. Auto Accessories & More has new ice scrapers in-store, just in time for the drop in temps.
Arrow Branded Ice Scraper
  • Portable jump starter: Be the Good Samaritan with a portable jump starter, ready to assist fellow drivers facing dead batteries in the cold. Auto Accessories & More has NOCO Jump Starters, which you can get with your FordPass Points!
NOCO Jump Starter - Ford Accessories
  • Heavy-duty floor mats: Winter boots often track in snow, slush, and salt, which can wreak havoc on your car’s carpets. Investing in durable floor mats specifically designed for winter weather protects your interior. Auto Accessories & More offers WeatherTech floormats, which are molded to your vehicles exact specifications.
A closeup of a black floor liner shows ice and snow accumulated.

Remember, proactive preparation is key to navigating the challenges of winter driving, ensuring both your safety and the longevity of your beloved vehicle. Fickle Texas weather can turn icy in a moments notice, so outfitting your vehicle early is the best way to stay prepared.

Visit Auto Accessories & More and let our experienced staff help you find the cold weather vehicle accessories on your list.