We Australians are known all over the world for being adventurous and a little bit crazy, if I may add. Considering the nature of our country, and the fact that our ancestors have lived and passed onto us the camping and off-roading lifestyles, it’s safe to assume it’s in our genes. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 4×4 vehicles are topping the sales charts in the past several years, which only goes to show that most of us are heeding our natural calling for being adventurous adrenaline junkies.
That being said, if you’re looking to take your 4×4 off the beaten trail, you better prepare properly for the adventures that lie ahead. From packing properly for the areas you’re trying to conquer and equipping your vehicle with the necessary 4×4 accessories, to everything in between – having the essentials is a must. All of this is a part of the adventure that many people don’t put a lot of thought into, and that’s why many of them end up with a less-than-satisfying experience.
One of the most overlooked 4×4 accessories is the bonnet protector. It’s a small piece of plastic that rests on top of your your vehicle’s grille, and its main purpose is to protect your windshield against pesky creepy crawlies, debris and even rocks. And given the fact that we live in Australia, there’s plenty of creepy crawlers.
Buying a bonnet protector is pretty straightforward, as you can easily find them for your particular vehicle model and make. It took me less than one afternoon to install a Nissan Navara D40 bonnet protector on my vehicle, and I can’t even count the value I’ve gotten out of it over the past few getaways I went on. I bought my Nissan Navara D40 bonnet protector relatively cheap, so I expect they’re quite affordable for any other model as well.
They provide the protection by sweeping debris and pests into a stream, then over your vehicle, thus deflecting the airflow and keeping your windshield intact. However, there are still a couple of things you need to consider in order to get the most out of it. For instance, the protector should be aerodynamic in low to medium profile, so that it can ensure the stylishness and functionality of your vehicle. Moreover, the materials its made from should be durable and resistant to UV beams, scratches and cracks. Acrylic is one of the best materials for the job.
One of my favourite things about bonnet protectors, is that they’re extremely easy to install. There are no-drill models, which are perfect if you’re trying to avoid drilling your vehicle. There are also many model and make specific videos online that you can learn from if you’re not sure about the installation, so that you can save money and time while doing it. Lastly, they’re easy to maintain and need to be washed with water and soap only every once in a while.