A lot of emphasis is put on the most advanced safety technologies inside the cabin that we often forget about some of a car’s specific design features that help make driving safer. The wheels of a vehicle aren’t particularly interesting, but when these are out of alignment, driving can become dangerous. Fortunately, there are several signs that will tell you that your vehicle is due for a visit to the mechanic. These include the vehicle pulling left or right, uneven tire tread wear, squealing tires and a crooked or shaking steering wheel.
Is bad wheel alignment dangerous?
When your car’s wheels aren’t properly aligned it can cause your tires to wear very quickly or unevenly. You may even notice that your steering wheel may pull to one direction or another. This can potentially be very dangerous if you’re driving in the rain and the vehicle hydroplanes. When your car hydroplanes not only do your tires lose traction with the pavement, but because the wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle can drift out of the lane you’re in. Bad alignment can also cause your steering wheel to shake and vibrate, which over time can make driving very uncomfortable.
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It’s important to note that the signs of bad alignment can progressively get worse over time. In the beginning the signs may be subtle. It’s in those early stages that it can seem like perhaps any vibration or shaking of the steering wheel may just be from normal highway driving. The best thing to do is to keep an eye on the situation. If the shaking gets worse, the tread on your tires is starting to wear quickly or your vehicle’s steering wheel pulls to one direction, it’s time to get your vehicle in for maintenance. The longer you wait, the most expensive the maintenance or repair could be.
Have you noticed something is off with your vehicle, but you aren’t sure what it is? Contact our team of master service technicians. We can answer any questions you might have and help you find a solution.
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