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How's This Work? Skid Plate

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How's This Work? Skid Plate

What is a skid plate?

For this month’s How’s This Work, we thought we’d look at an item that can be added to the 2018 Honda Ridgeline as a Honda Genuine Accessory: a skid plate. There are plenty of different reasons for a skid plate, and we’ll go over them to in our attempt to tell you exactly what a skid plate is. The most basic definition of a skid plate is that it’s a sheet of metal or plastic affixed to the underside of your vehicle, generally made out of a material with abrasion resistance.

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Uses for Skid Plates

The main use of a skid plate when applied to sedans and similar vehicles is to enhance aerodynamics and keep airflow within the engine bay clean and clear.

The other main use of a skid plate, and the most likely reason one would choose to apply it to the Ridgeline, is to protect the vehicle’s underbody from the elements of driving off-road. Driving off-road comes with inherent risks, including objects not completely visible coming into contact with your car’s important bits. The skid plate prevents any serious damage from occurring.

Similarly, these types of skid plates are applied to vehicles with very low ride heights, to prevent similar damage. In this case, however, the damage would be the result of a collision with the ground itself instead of off-road debris. The final reason someone might add a skid plate to their vehicle is simply that they often look cool, and make your car appear like an off-roader.

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