If you’re reading this article, chances are that either you drive a car or your spouse/significant other does. Either way, there’s one small problem that most people have yet to address when it comes to their mode of transportation: what type of floor mat should be used in the vehicle?
Most people assume that all rubber car mats are the same. Unfortunately, unless you want to slip and slide around on your way into your vehicle every morning/afternoon or have water slosh around underfoot during rainstorms, you’ll need to pay closer attention to what type of floor mat is best for your needs.
When buying new mats (I recommend the factory-installed variety if at all possible) pay attention to the following points:
First, if you’re buying mats to replace your factory installed ones, your new ones should have at least the same quality of waffling or non-waffling design as what came with the vehicle. This will provide you with added stability for your feet while also reducing water sloshing underneath footwells. If this is an upgrade from your old mats, make sure that they are designed to go in the exact same model car.
Second, make sure that any material used can be easily removed and washed/disinfected/replaced every once in a while (at minimum every other month). Rubber mats are ideal because they’re easy to clean but carpets are also acceptable if you can afford to replace them more often.
Third, make sure that the mats are designed for your geographical location (and local climate) if at all possible. For instance, this means that if you live somewhere cold where salt is applied onto the roads during snowy seasons, it might be a good idea to get rubber mats with extra grip material embedded into them. This will prevent water from sloshing underneath footwells and also reduce the risk of slipping around on ice/snow during entry or exit. If you live in a place where you don’t have to worry about these types of conditions, then regular rubber mats should suffice.
Fourth, check out how well each mat covers key areas underfoot. For instance, most mats are designed to cover the driving area of the footwells. However, is there enough material underfoot for you to rest your feet on? If not, consider getting a third party vehicle-specific mat that’s thicker and fits perfectly in this area – or at least runs along side it so that water or snow has less of an opening to enter.
Finally, watch out for mats with deep grooves/dips/bumps underneath them. Unless you want to flip up your floor mat every time you drive over a speed bump or pothole (which would look very silly) then make sure that your new purchase has as little “give” as possible when running across these areas. The last thing you want is to find yourself picking up your mat every time you go over a speed bump because it’s either too heavy or has broken pieces.
With these tips in mind, buying floor mats that both functional and aesthetically pleasing should be easier than ever. If you’re already driving with the wrong type of mats then now’s as good a time as any to do something about it- so dont miss out! You should make sure to choose the right type of insurance company in the Philippines that will take care of you should you meet any car accident. At the same time, you need to get the appropriate TPL insurance and comprehensive car insurance to cover you for any risk that you may meet. You do not scrimp by getting the lowest price for your car insurance and covering only one particular risk. Save money by investing with the right type of insurance company in the Philippines.