The Importance of Bull Bars
Imagine driving your 4×4 SUV or Bakkie without a bull bar?
You’re on this amazing safari or adventure, with all the bumpy roads you couldn’t wait to drive on. And then you decide to go for a drive, swerving between trees and bumps in the road, windows rolled down, and nature’s fresh air blowing through your hair, and then you suddenly lose control and then bump a tree!
Devastating, isn’t it? Now you have a bump in your bakkie, and tons of repairs to do that could cost you thousands of rands! This could have been avoided if you had just listened to your friend Dave, when he suggested you have a bull bar installed.
Bull bars are used on trucks, bakkies, SUV’s, and police vehicles. Bull bars are installed on the front of any of the mentioned vehicles to protect its front from collisions, whether an accidental collision with a large animal on rural roads, or an intentional collision with another vehicle in police usage. They range substantially in size and form, and are usually made from welded steel or aluminium tubing or more recently, moulded polycarbonate and polyethylene materials.
In countries like Australia, there are strict rules around having a bull bar and the specifications of the bull bar. This is because bull bars have been reported the majority cause of death. But we should first question whether drivers are being responsible before blaming an inanimate object, as we usually do.
Modern designs have made way to the development of impact bars that incorporate with the vehicle safety system, such as the activation of airbags during collisions with the bars. Plastic moulded bull bar that is made from polyethylene are built to serve as a spring that can deflect the force in reaction to a collision. This way, the vehicle is still drivable even after striking another vehicle or object. This is more pedestrian friendly than a vehicle without any protective bar.
Bull bars are made to save drivers from severe injury or death in unexpected collision. And bull bars are made to protect drivers, drivers should also be weary of animals and pedestrians and their safety.
Kwalkraft is a Cape Town based engineering firm that specializes in the manipulation of stainless steel and nonferrous metal tubing for construction, marine, automotive and industrial applications. Bull bars and any automotive tubes are manufactured and bent according to industry standard.