Why Headache Racks: The Definitive Answer

Why Headache Racks: The Definitive Answer

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https://www.myteeproducts.com/trailer-parts/headache-racks.html - If we earned $100 every time a new flatbed truck driver asked us how the headache rack got its name, we might not have to sell trucking supplies to stay in business. Be that as it may, the question about the name of headache racks is as old as the rack itself.

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Why Headache Racks: The Definitive Answer
If we earned $100 every time a new flatbed truck driver asked us how the headache rack got its name, we might not have to sell trucking supplies to stay in business. Be that as it may, the question about the name of headache racks is as old as the rack itself.
For the record, a headache rack is a large piece of steel or aluminum mounted on the back of a truck cab. You see them on 18 wheelers and larger pickup trucks. Professional truck drivers often use theirheadache racksas a place to hang their chains and bungee straps.
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Protecting the Driver from Renegade Cargo
The first explanation of the headache rack name has to do with renegade cargo crashing through the back of a truck cab and injuring the driver. For a long time, there was a popular article circulating on the internet claiming that both the name and the device itself goes back to the days when surfing first became popular.
As the thinking goes, the racks were installed on pickup trucks to prevent harm to drivers if a surfboard were to break loose aŶd Đƌash thƌough the ďaĐk ǁiŶdoǁ. Theƌe͛s oŶlLJ oŶe pƌoďlem with this theory: headache racks were around before surfing became popular. Second, you can spend all day traversing the roads of California and Hawaii, and you will probably never see a pickup truck with a headache rack carrying a load of surfboards.
There are other stories that use the same general theme without specifically referencing surfboards. The general idea being that headache racks are really the domain of pickup truck drivers attempting to protect their own heads.
Giving the Driver Headache
The second explanation is one that makes more sense where truck drivers are concerned. This explanation suggests that drivers, while working around their rigs securing cargo or doing maintenance, have a tendency to hit their heads on the metal racks. Unwittingly striking your head on such a large piece of metal would undoubtedly result in a headache.
If you are a professional truck driver, you are familiar with the scenario described here. Every truck driver has done it at least once, and many of you know drivers who do it routinely. Some hit their head so often that they have permanent marks. It is not a pleasant experience, to say the least.
We Have What You Need
The definitive answer about why headache racks are called as such is clear: there is no definitive answer. Therefore, there is no need for truck drivers to dispute or debate any longer. Far better to put your energies into being better drivers capable of delivering loads on time and in good condition.
As for the headache racks themselves, rest assured that Mytee Products has what you need. We have seven different models to fit a variety of needs and styles. We also carry installation kits, chain hangers, light brackets, and even tarp trays.
Your headache rack does not have to give you a headache at the time of purchase. Just shop the Mytee Products iŶǀeŶtoƌLJ to fiŶd ǁhat LJou͛ƌe lookiŶg foƌ, ŵake a ƋuiĐk puƌĐhase, aŶd ƌeladž ǁhile ǁe ship it ƌight to LJouƌ dooƌ. You͛ll ďe protecting your head, or injuring it, in no time at all.
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