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What is a Running Board anyway?

This may be a dumb question, but what is a running board anyway? It’s actually not a dumb question at all! Running boards were first used on some of the very first cars on the road. And still in use today, they are still referred to as “boards”. Aren’t “boards” like pieces of wood? Yes and that’s what they used to make running boards out of. You would have thought after all these years, they would have come up with a more modern name? How about “mounting platforms” or something like that. But no, they are still called “running boards”. I guess some things never change!

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The picture above shows us one of the first types of running boards used on cars. These old cars had to have a board to step on to as it was part of the design concept and made it a lot easier to get into the car!