The name wheel alignment can often be misleading as this service is not specifically to do with the wheels but more with the suspension of the vehicle. Hitting kerbs or driving through a pothole at speed can cause your wheel to misalign. If you find that your car is poorly aligned it could affect the control and the handling of the vehicle. It’s important to take care of your car and have your wheel alignment checked every so often to keep yourself and others safe. Here we are going to discuss wheel alignment benefits as we’ve found many people are unaware of what wheel alignment actually does.
Wheel alignment benefits
There are a few things to watch out for when your car wheels may need realigning.
- Is your vehicle pulling to one side?
- Are your tyres wearing more on one side of the car?
- Steering wheel vibrations?
- Scrubbing or squealing when driving at low speeds?
If you find that your car is experiencing any of the symptoms, you can often notice a significant difference in the performance of your tyres and car overall.
Wheel alignment makes sure that all your tyres are pointing the same direction. You can have all four wheels aligned or just the two front ones dependent on the severity of your car.
Having your car wheel alignment will maximise your fuel efficiency, your wheels are more likely to be working coherently with each other. If they are not aligned correctly, your car engine has to work a lot harder to move forward meaning a reduction in the efficiency of the car. Your car will end up using more petrol or diesel to get around. Therefore costing you a lot more than a wheel alignment service.
Of course, some of the most critical aspects of having your car wheels aligned is the safety features it provides to your vehicle. It will allow you to stop safely in wet or icy conditions. The amount of tread on your vehicle will have a direct impact on the distance it takes to stop, in order for your car to do so you need your wheels aligned. We always recommend that if you’re having your tyres replaced you ask for a wheel alignment. If you drive long distances on a long-term basis, you will need to ensure your car wheels are aligned every 12,000 miles.
We all know what its like when we get a new car, and the drive feels incredibly smooth compared to our last. With poor wheel alignment, you can experience your vehicle dragging to one side, meaning you are always adjusting your steering to compensate. You might also feel vibrations in your steering; this can be due to your car wheel toe pointing inwards or outwards. This may be a symptom that happens gradually over time, and you may not initially be aware your wheels are out of line. If you feel any of the symptoms mentioned, we recommend you check with your local car garage if it’s your wheel alignment.
If you tend to drive down country roads to and from work, continuously going over potholes, over time your car can take a beating. Not only do you need to take care of your wheel alignment for a smoother ride but this could also affect your suspension. We recommend if you are taking this sort of cheap even if it’s a short journey to have your car suspension and tyres alignment checked every 12 months.
You will also find when your wheels have been aligned properly; your car becomes more enjoyable to drive. Meaning turning corners and driving long distance is no longer an issue.
Increase tyre life
Dependent on your car make the price of your tyres can be relatively costly, and one of the most annoying things about having your tyres in the incorrect position is how often you’ll find yourself having to replace the tyres. We always say your tyres are one of the most essential components of your vehicle; they are the only part of the car that touches the road. So it’s important you take good care of your vehicle tyres. If you don’t have one already we always suggest having a tyre gauge in your car at all times, so you are ready to check the tyre pressure and tread. For the best tyre pressure gauge of 2017 give Car Buyer’s article a read by, clicking here. If your tyres are working in harmony, they will take you further without the need for replacement.
Increase wear and tear of car parts
Not only can having your car wheels poorly aligned effect the tyres but also other car parts. Each time you hit a kerb, go over a deep pothole or massive bump in the road, your steering and suspension systems both take a hit. With worn out tyres your car is more likely to take the impact on areas more than it would if you have sufficient tyres. This then caused car parts to break down quicker than they usually would. If your wheels aren’t managed properly, you might find yours in a predicament whereby you’re spending more money on your car than you would by simply having a four wheel alignment.
Here at Unit 18 we always think its so important for you to take care of your car tyres, not only can it be costly to fix if any issues arise but it is also essential to the safety of yourself and other road users. If you would like more information on how to take care of your tyres, we suggest you read Michelin’s Top Tyre Care Tips. Having a wheel alignment done on your vehicle will boost the overall performance of your car and the fuel efficiency. It takes less power to make your car move when your tyres are aligned and will cost you less at the petrol station. You will also notice you do not have to replace your tyres as often. Your journeys will become a lot smoother with less dragging on one side.