Many drivers don't understand the full importance of having proper wheel alignment in their vehicles. They put up with a little drifting or pulling. They don't mind a few extra vibrations while motoring down the highway. However, having your wheels out of alignment can lead to bigger problems with your drive train, suspension, brakes, wheels and tires. It's simply a good idea to get your wheel alignment checked at least once or twice a year as part of regular maintenance.
Here are 5 of the most important reasons why you want proper wheel alignment in your car, truck, van or SUV:
1. Increased Tire Life
You may be good about rotating your tires every 5,000-6,000 miles to keep the treads wearing evenly over time. However, if your wheels are out of alignment, you will burn through those treads quicker and the tires just won't last as long. Good alignment (along with healthy brakes, suspension and drive train components) keeps your tires in the best shape possible.
2. Better Fuel Efficiency
A lot of people don't realize that wheel alignment can have a direct impact on a car's fuel efficiency. If they are out of alignment, the vehicle has to work harder to drive and therefore more fuel is burned. Properly aligned wheels can actually save you time and money at the pump.
3. Improved Handling
The obvious benefit of wheel alignment is that you will experience much better handling while driving the car. It will hold straight when you are on the highway and it will get around corners with much less pull or drift.
4. Better Safety
With better handling and overall vehicle performance comes more safety for you and your passengers. Having those wheels properly aligned will make your car that much safer.
5. Less Risk of Damage to Other Parts
As mentioned earlier, good wheel alignment will help put less strain on other systems in your car such as the brakes, wheels, bearings, axles, differential, transmission, engine, suspension, and so on. A regular wheel alignment check and adjustments is a key part of any effective preventative maintenance plan.
If you live in the Fairbanks area and are concerned about your wheel alignment, bring your car into Simard Automotive for a quick and easy wheel alignment test. If any alignment issues are found, our technicians can inspect and identify the problem and make adjustments and repairs as needed. We'll help get your wheels back in proper alignment so you can get safely back on the road.
Call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue location) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road location). Or, schedule your next service appointment for either shop online using this link.