Daily wear and tear on your vehicle caused by potholes and uneven road surfaces affects the alignment of your tires. Poor alignment can cause a host of problems, including extra stress on the frame and steering equipment of your car. It also shortens the life of your tires and decreases your gas mileage. Though it may seem like a minor problem, misaligned wheels make driving more dangerous and expensive.
The ideal position for your wheels is to be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Without proper the proper angle, your car can pull to one side and deviate from a straight road, which can result in an accident. Misalignment also wears down your vehicle’s tires, causing poor traction and blow outs—two other leading causes of accidents.
What are the warning signs of poor alignment? If you notice uneven wearing on your tires or steering irregularities, you should have your alignment inspected. Often, minor bumps such as grazing a curve or hitting a pothole can affect your wheels’ position. If you have a collision that affects the frame of your vehicle, it’s likely that you should get your alignment checked.
What are the benefits of wheels that are correctly aligned?
- Easy steering
- Improved overall vehicle safety
- Smooth ride
- Better gas mileage
- Longer life for your tires