Under bumper protection means both protective devices that prevent damage to the sill at the rear of the car as well as those that protect us and our pets from injury at the sill. Often it is also about the protection of the bumper from damage during loading activities, which is why it is often spoken of a bumper protection or scratch protection.
The problem with loading activities
The trunk in the back of our cars is intended to transport cargo for which we find no space in front of the passenger area. Therefore, we often load here heavy and bulky material that is not easy to lift or stow. It can easily happen, for example, that we drop a heavy box on the loading sill with some force after we have balanced it with great effort to the right height. We rest for a moment, supporting the load on the loading sill and then pushing it inwards to its place. Bulky items, such as a bicycle, also tend to hang unintentionally on the sill, for example with a pedal or handlebar, while we are trying to get the other end into a good transport position. Sometimes a box or a suitcase is so wide that we can not see past where the sill is and accidentally collide with it instead of lifting the load over it. So it easily comes to a abrasion or a scratch on the sill. If we load pets, especially larger dogs, we like to put the rear seat backs and let them jump into the car from behind. Older dogs usually put their forepaws on the sill and express themselves. Again, the sill can be scratched or dirty, or the edge cuts the dog in the paws.
Options for loading sill protection
There are several forms of a sill protection with which you can protect your sill and your pet. If you have a dog, we recommend a complete mat that is fixed in the trunk and unfolded over the loading edge at the beginning of the loading activity. It covers the sill and the bumper and offers the dog a soft footing for his paws, no matter if he puts them directly on the sill or a little further down. Even when loading objects, the mat provides protection against dirt and scratches, both for the sill and bumper and for the load. However, if you push a heavy load into the trunk instead of lifting it, the mat often shifts. It throws wrinkles, is clamped under the load and turns out to be more of a hindrance than helpful. In this case, it is advisable to use a bumper protection in the form of a bar made of plastic or stainless steel or a protective film for sticking to the edge or bumper.
Protective film, loading mat or stainless steel strip
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