Proper wheel alignment is always important. It provides better handling and safety, while also protecting important vehicular systems and components like brakes, wheels, tires, suspension and differentials. Having your wheels aligned is even more important during the winter season when the roads are slick and you want to stay as safe as possible.
Here are 5 reasons why it's a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked this winter, according to the Northern Delaware automotive specialists at Fox Run Auto:
1. Driver Safety
Of course, the number one reason for good wheel alignment in winter is safety. Your vehicle will handle better with tougher road conditions like ice, rain and snow. That makes your car safer to drive, which is beneficial to you, your passengers and any other drivers/pedestrians around you!
2. Vehicle Performance
In general, all vehicles will perform better when the wheels are properly aligned. Not only will the handling be improved, but you should notice a difference in acceleration, braking and suspension. The reason you feel every single bump on the road may not be because you have a bad suspension. It could simply be that your wheels are out of alignment.
3. Reducing Wear and Tear
As you might expect, other systems in your vehicle have to work harder when your wheels are misaligned. You will experience more significant (and usually uneven) tire tread wear. The brake pads and brake system mechanics can wear out more quickly. Suspension parts, wheel bearings, axles and other drivetrain components (even the transmission itself) will experience more stress. This could lead to damage and costly repairs, or at least maintenance services being required more often than necessary.
4. Better Fuel Economy
Wheel alignment is one of many factors that can affect your vehicle's fuel economy. Proper alignment keeps the car moving straightforward and making corners as efficiently as possible. This is a good thing for improving your average MPGs.
5. Peace of Mind
We're used to cold winters here in Bear, but that still doesn't mean we don't want to feel safer on the road. Getting your wheels checked and realigned as needed (along with keeping up with any other standard maintenance services) will give you added peace of mind while you and your family are out on the road.
At Fox Run Auto, we can perform wheel alignment checks quickly and let you know what we recommend. Call us today at (302) 597-9205 or schedule your service appointment online.