What Is a Crash Bar on Cars?


Crash bars, tubular devices installed on the front end of your vehicle, are available on many makes and models of cars and trucks. The crash bar can be seen as both a stylistic statement and a protective measure for your car.


  • Crash bars, also knows as front guard bars, nudge bar and bull bars, are used to protect the front end of the vehicle from damage in case of a crash. Although they may not protect your vehicle from damage in a high impact collision, they will offer some measure of protection in a low-impact accident to both the front body and engine area.


  • Depending on the type of vehicle and the stylistic needs of the consumer, crash bars can be added to the vehicle in varying sizes. Although some new vehicles are equipped with factory supplied crash bars, after-market crash bars are available for purchase from various retailers.


  • Consider whether or not a crash bar is a necessity for your vehicle before purchasing. Although drivers who like to off-road may benefit from the crash bar due to run-ins with wildlife, they are not a necessity for urban drivers. Additionally, crash bars are increasingly being viewed as a safety hazard to pedestrians and may cause serious harm in the event of an accident.

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