mud flaps or guards function to protect the vehicle from mud, water, stones and other road debris by preventing it from splashing or bouncing up and hitting the bodywork of the car.
Usually made from rubber because of its flexibility, and working in conjunction with the vehicle wings, the mud flaps guards are fixed behind the tyres. They help to stop debris, such as mud, stones, water and sticks, from causing damage to the car, the people in the car and any nearby vehicles or pedestrians, as it's scattered about by the moving wheels of the car.
Mud flaps come in a variety of materials, shapes, colours, designs and finishes, some modeling the manufacturers logo or symbol. Mud guards or flaps can come in the form of big sheets, rectangular in shape, which are fixed behind the tyres or sometimes they are molded flaps which sit beneath the back of the wheel well. Some mud guards will be designed to improve the aerodynamics of the car, working with the vents to channel air flow and decrease drag. Manufacturers often use mud flaps to advertise their logo.
Subject to a great deal of abuse from the road, mud flaps will eventually need replacing. Torn or damaged mud guards, or mud flaps that are coming away from the vehicle can be dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible. Buying mud flaps guards will provide you with the ideal part for the make and model of your vehicle.