Wheel alignment is one of those automotive things we tend not to think about until it starts becoming a major problem. The simple fact is that wheel alignment is very important to the overall handling, safety and performance of of your car, and properly aligned wheels can help prevent other issues that will cost you time and money to repair.
Fox Run Auto has identified these 5 key benefits of proper wheel alignment:
1. It Keeps Your Tires Lasting Longer
Keeping your wheels in good alignment (along with a regular routine of rotating your tires) will make sure they last as long as possible. If your wheels are out of alignment, the tire treads will wear out unevenly and usually more rapidly. Buying new tires can be a pain, so getting your wheels realigned periodically will definitely help.
2. You'll Enjoy Better Handling
One of the best advantages of proper wheel alignment is how much better the vehicle will handle. It will hold straighter on the highways and allow you to corner without drifting or jerking awkwardly. You'll be amazed at the difference it will make if you've been driving on wheels that are out of alignment.
3. Improved Fuel Efficiency
There are many different things that will affect your car's gas mileage, including tire pressure, a clean fuel system and a healthy exhaust system. Wheel alignment will also keep your vehicle moving forward more efficiently, which is good for MPG. The harder everything has to work when wheels aren't aligned, the more likely you will lose fuel efficiency over time.
4. Damage Prevention
Your wheels and tires are providing direct contact to the road. When the wheels are out of alignment and tire treads are very uneven, it puts more strain on the wheels and other important vehicle systems. This includes the brakes, the suspension and various drivetrain components like the differential, axles, transmission and more. Keeping your wheels properly aligned can help prevent additional mechanical damage.
5. The Vehicle is Safer to Drive
Last but certainly not least, wheel alignment affects the safety of the driver and any passengers in the vehicle. If the car isn't handling smoothly and damage is potentially being done to other mechanical components, it can make the vehicle unsafe to drive. The longer you go with poor alignment, the more dangerous it can get.
These are just some of the most important benefits of proper wheel alignment. To learn more or to schedule a wheel alignment check, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or book your service appointment online.