Aesthetically, having a lifted truck may be attractive, but with the cost, effect on drive quality, and decreased miles per gallon, there is more to consider than just how the truck looks.
The cost of lifting your truck can be reasonably hefty. You’ll need to first source the parts and labor to do the custom job, which can result in a bill of thousands of dollars. It is imperative that trusted parts and labor are used, which comes with a higher cost, so that no unexpected part or work failure takes place.
Safety Testing and Collisions
When a truck is lifted, the center of gravity of the vehicle is raised too. That may not sound very important, but it is — a higher center of gravity means that the car can roll over more easily, because the weight of the vehicle is farther off the ground. Motor vehicles are manufactured and tested to certain performance specifications. As the car does not come with raised suspension, the manufacturers have not tested that height and raised center of gravity on performance aspects such as hard-breaking and hard cornering. This means that lifting your truck could cause accidents if you take a corner to hard and roll or slam on breaks and lose control of the car.
With a lifted truck, you are susceptible to greater damage due to rear-ending. This is because, as your car is higher off the ground, a car rear-ending you will hit your suspension and undercarriage, possibly writing off the car. Even a minor bumper bashing can have significant effects on the damage of a lifted truck.
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The decreased fuel efficiency caused by lifted trucks is often overlooked. The vehicle being raised affects the aerodynamics of the car, increasing the drag and decreasing fuel efficiency. There have been reports of people getting 30 percent fewer miles per gallon with their truck lifted.
The height of a lifted truck can also impact your ability to drive and may cause you to hit a pedestrian. As the driver, you will be higher in the air, which could put a child or animal outside your field of vision when reversing. This could open you up to additional lawsuits as the plaintiffs may argue that if the truck had not been lifted, then the accident would not have happened.
A lifted truck also increases the height of the truck’s headlights, potentially blinding oncoming traffic, which may result in accidents. If a lifted truck is in a head-on collision, the oncoming driver may be in more danger, as the bottom of the lifted truck will come in direct contact with the windshield and upper portion of the colliding vehicle. Motor vehicles are not designed to take significant impact on their upper and windshield sections.
By lifting your truck, you may be putting your life and others in danger. Not only will it cost you a lot of money to get your truck lifted, but it will also cost a lot of money in the long run in terms of maintenance and fuel usage.