Important applications of tonneau covers
What is tonneau cover?
The cover used to protect the unoccupied passenger seats in a vehicle or cargo bed of a pickup truck is called as a tonneau cover.
Tonneau cover helps to cover and conceal cargo. In earlier days, tonneau covers made out of canvas were used to cover the rear passenger compartment of the cars. As canvas helped to reduce the overall weight of cars and offered a better aerodynamic performance by minimizing drag these cars were also used for racing as they used to run faster with given amount of power.
In recent times tonneau covers made of leather and vinyl are utilized for an open sports car of various makes. Importantly these covers are zippered so that the driver seat can be made accessible while other passenger compartments remain covered.
Buffering can be a common phenomenon while driving open cars. These open cars have a windshield at the front portion; however, as the car gains speed the air that passes surrounding the windshield may create turbulence. The air suddenly enters the cockpit and bounces out creating unpleasant turbulence that might disturb the driver. The tonneau cover can be helpful to prevent this buffering to a better extent and would make the ride much smoother.
Tonneau cover also helps to retain the heat produced by a heater inside the car’s interior area by acting as an insulation that would not allow outer cool air to disturb the warmer ambiance created inside by using a heater. Similarly, tonneau cover protects the driver from exposure to ultraviolet rays and other harmful things during the ride.
Another important innovation regarding this type of covering is automation adapted for covering the passenger compartments. Some open car models have this unique feature. It would not be required to cover the passenger area manually. The coverage can be automatic through a switch or lever that can be operated by the driver whenever the cover might be required.
Tonneau covers are also used for utility vehicles and trucks to protect the truck bed. Most commonly used materials for manufacturing these tonneau covers are vinyl, plastic, and aluminum.