In the United States, there are few activities more iconic than riding in the bed of a pickup truck. However, not all states allow this activity.
Before you hop in the back of a pickup truck, it’s important to understand which states allow it and which don’t.
In states where riding in the bed of a pickup truck is legal, there are restrictions you must follow. Generally speaking, passengers are only allowed to be in the back of a pickup if they are 16 years old or older and wearing seat belts.
Additionally, some states require that the bed of the truck have adequate sides or tailgates that can secure passengers while they ride.
The following states allow adults to ride in the bed of a pickup truck: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , Nevada , New Mexico , North Carolina , Oklahoma , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Utah and Wyoming.
Although it may be legal for adults to ride in the bed of a pickup truck in certain states, it is never legal for children under 16 to ride unsecured in the back. Additionally, many cities have their own laws regarding riding in the back of a pickup truck so be sure to check your local ordinances before hopping into any beds.
Riding in the bed of a pickup truck is an iconic American pastime but it is not allowed everywhere. Only twenty-one states currently allow adults to ride unsecured in the bed and even then there may be additional restrictions or local ordinances that apply. Before you get into any beds you should make sure you understand which laws apply.