Why Car Alignments are Important

Alignment assures your tires meet the road at the proper angle, your wheels are pointing straight, and your tires are centered in the wheel wells. Wheels that are not properly aligned can make driving difficult and unsafe. While most drivers neglect to realign their wheels when they’re supposed to, here are a few reasons why you should stay on top of your vehicle’s wheel alignment schedule. 


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Increase Fuel Efficiency

One of the best ways to increase your car’s fuel efficiency is to have your tires aligned regularly. This is because when your vehicle isn’t aligned properly, your wheels aren’t working the way they should, which requires more effort to move the vehicle. As a result, your car consumes more fuel. A properly aligned car will work less and therefore consume less fuel.


Reduce Expensive Auto Repairs

Driving a vehicle that is poorly aligned causes its parts to wear unevenly and prematurely. Each time you hit a pothole or a speed bump, your steering and suspension system takes a hit. When the impact isn’t evenly distributed throughout the four tires, it will cause certain areas of the system to take the hit harder than others and cause them to break down sooner than they’re supposed to. Eventually, it will lead to a complete breakdown, and you’ll be faced with expensive repairs. 


Smoother Driving 

Vehicles that are properly aligned drive smoother. When your car’s wheel alignment is off, you usually notice your car drifting to the left or the right even though your steering wheel is aimed straight. That means you’ll need to overcompensate for poor alignment, which is tiring, inefficient, and most importantly, dangerous. The best way to avoid overcompensating for a poor wheel alignment is to have your wheels aligned regularly – approximately every 6,000 miles.


Improve Vehicle Safety

The most important reason to stay on top of vehicle alignment is to keep your vehicle safe. A properly maintained vehicle not only makes it safer to drive, but also makes it run better. Regular maintenance keeps you from running into unexpected issues that could leave you stranded on the side of the road. Wheel alignment is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you could do for your vehicle to keep it safe.


Increase the Life of Your Tires

Replacing tires is not cheap. Because your tires are constantly on the road and encounter the most obstacles, it’s not surprising that they wear out much more quickly than other parts of the vehicle. This is especially true when you don’t get regular wheel alignments. When your tires are aligned, wear and tear are distributed evenly throughout the four wheels, as opposed to two tires getting most of the wear and tear. 


Here to Help Maryland Drivers

Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions can help you with your steering and suspension system. If you’re experiencing uneven tire wear, rapid tire wear, noisy steering, or squealing tires, it likely means that your tires need to be aligned. Let the automotive experts at Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions help. Give us a call or click here to schedule an appointment today. 


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