Bullbars go by a variety of names all over the world. Such as roo bar or nudge bar in Australia, moose bumper in Canada, and push bar, bull bar, brush guard, grill guard or cattle pusher in the United States.
Bullbars get their name from the use they have in rural areas. Cattle would spontaneously appear on the road and these types of collisions would leave the vehicle in shambles. Through installing a bar to the front of the vehicle damage delivered by the collision with cattle would be limited. Thus, we have the bullbar.
Bullbars are typically metal tubing made from aluminium or steel and in more recent years moulded polycarbonate and polyethylene materials.
The Purpose of Bullbars
The front of your vehicle is surprisingly fragile. Anything from a tree branch to a boulder can assault some very sensitive and necessary part of the vehicle and engine. Even a small fender bender in the city can do just enough damage.
Bullbars are there to protect the front of the vehicle during impact from an accident or otherwise.
The standard bumper on a vehicle is designed to resist some of the force from the impact and then crumple. While a bullbar, in its many forms, is rigid leaving its design to transmit the impact to the object with which the vehicle has collided. In the end protecting the vital parts at the front of your vehicle.
And while safety is the centre point of the function in bullbars they also allow for certain fittings and much needed lighting to be installed on the vehicle.