Wheel alignment is often ignored by drivers, but it is an element that needs to be monitored and checked regularly to ensure that tyres do not wear unevenly or earlier than they should.
There are a wide range of factors that can cause wheel misalignment, such as worn suspension parts or other mechanical issues. However, the main cause of the problem is just general wear and tear caused by everyday driving.
Over time components of the vehicle slowly wear out, which means that alignment is no longer held properly in place, throwing it out and causing a number of knock-on effects.
Spotting misalignment can be pretty easy if it has been developing for a long period of time, but of course regular checks will increase the likelihood of catching a problem early.
The most noticeable symptom of wheel misalignment is abnormal tyre wear, particularly on the outside or inside edges of the tyres. Another symptom is a vehicle drifting to the left or the right while driving straight.
If you start to notice any of these issues, you should make sure you book an appointment to have your wheel alignment checked by a trained professional. It should be checked annually or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or even part of a car's annual service.
Wheel alignment checks can also be a preventative measure for drivers, particularly during the winter months, when potholes can cause damage to tyres and knock alignment out of shape.
Having wheel alignment checks carried out regularly will make a vehicle a lot safer to drive as misalignment can reduce the stability of the car, particularly under stressful situations, such as sudden braking or swerving.
It can also prevent tyres from becoming worn, which can impact grip levels, leading to braking, handling and acceleration problems, as well as compromising the fuel efficiency of a vehicle.
So, all in all, it is well worth taking the time to book an appointment to have wheel alignment checked by a trained professional.
Posted by Danielle Barge