Pickup truck

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A Ford regular cab, long-bed pickup truck
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A Nissan extended cab, short-bed pickup truck

A pickup truck is a type of vehicle that can move things. The back of the truck is open, like other types of trucks. It is very powerful for its small size. Pickup trucks have different shapes, sizes, and uses. Sometimes people would go ride in the back of the trucks to work. The back of the truck where the goods are placed is called a cargo bed. The cargo bed may be covered with a cloth called tonneau cover to protect the cargo from rain and dirt.

Pickup trucks are easy to load and easy to unload. They are especially popular at countryside, where they are used to carry various agricultural items. Smallest pickup trucks are made from scooters by replacing the rear seat and rear wheel with an axle and cargo bed. They have only three wheels. Usually pickup trucks are same size as normal cars.

Pickup trucks often have same base as vans. You usually may drive a pickup truck with the same driver's license as an ordinary car, but heaviest pickup trucks may require a light truck licence.

A pickup truck can be turned into an improvised military vehicle by installing a machine gun or a light cannon on the cargo bed. Such car is called a technical and they are especially popular in Africa.

Names for pickup truck

There are many names for pickup truck around the world. In Australia and New Zealand, they call pickup trucks as utes.

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