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Ten best reasons why modern cars should have running boards

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Back around the turn of the Twentieth Century shortly after cars were invented, just about all of them had running boards—you know, those flat things extending between the front and rear fenders on each side of the car. Since cars in those days were big and pretty high off the ground, running boards helped folks climb into their cars. However, as auto design progressed and cars became lower, car designers thought they had a great idea and began to eliminate running boards, until by the late 1930s and early 1040s they had disappeared altogether.

Well, running boards served many purposes other than just assisting the entry to and exit from the car, and in the designer’s haste to abandon the running boards, those other purposes fell by the wayside. We think that the myriad other uses of running boards, some of which are noted in our list, require auto manufacturers rethink their abandonment and unleash creative auto designers to bring them back into fashion.

Handy Lunch Spot
Handy Lunch Spot Roberts-Adams

Handy Lunch Spot

Running boards are a handy place to eat lunch or have a snack while out and about on your daily adventures. They also provide a place for busy workers to have a quick lunch during their workday.

Drive-In Shoe Store
Drive-In Shoe Store Roberts-Adams

Drive-In Shoe Store

Running boards can serve as the impetus for entirely new business strategies. Here, an anxious purchaser demonstrates the advantages of shopping at a drive-through shoe store.

Place to Relax
Place to Relax Keaton-MGM

Place to Relax

Running boards, especially when equipped with side-mount spare tires, are a relaxing place to take a nap between movie shots, as movie star Buster Keaton amply demonstrates for us here.

Viewing Stand
Viewing Stand Roberts-Adams

Viewing Stand

Those among us who are handy with tools can use running boards to support elevated viewing stands for public events or sleeping platforms when traveling on the road to save on motel costs.

Auto Cooker
Auto Cooker AP

Auto Cooker

With this handy gadget, running boards may be used to cook food while you drive, taking the drudgery out of picnics. The food is baked, stewed, or roasted using the natural heat energy of the car’s exhaust.

Hidden Antenna Mounting
Hidden Antenna Mounting AP

Hidden Antenna Mounting

Running boards are the perfect place to mount those unsightly antennae for all of your automotive radios and communication devices. Mounted beneath a running board, it is completely out of sight, enhancing the beauty of your car.

Ski Rack
Ski Rack AP

Ski Rack

For you winter sport fans, running boards are a handy place to stash your skis and poles while heading for the slopes. This carrier holds six pairs of skis and poles and attaches to the running board by clamps.

Pet Carrier
Pet Carrier Roberts-Adams

Pet Carrier

A running board will keep you and your dog happy by giving “man’s best friend” a place to sit when all of the car seats are taken. Notice how happy all of the family members are because Fido can come along.

Electronic Device Mount
Electronic Device Mount Roberts-Adams

Electronic Device Mount

With all of the recent advances in personal electronic communication gadgetry, a running board is the perfect place to mount and test your latest portable high-tech device.

Emergency Rescue
Emergency Rescue AP

Emergency Rescue

Should you be driving in a rain storm and become stopped in standing water, running boards and a helpful motorist, who also has running boards, will let you walk to safety without getting your feet wet.

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