Most car owners are well aware that there is much more to car maintenance than making sure there is enough gas in the tank and that the oil is changed every 3,000 miles. Unfortunately, a number of car owners either put off wheel alignment in favor of other maintenance, or neglect this important service procedure entirely.
However, ensuring that a car’s wheels are properly aligned is one of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance. These are some of the widely ranging reasons that regular wheel alignment is so important.
Maximizing the Life of Your Tires
When your wheels are not aligned, this creates an unbalanced distribution of weight on your tires. This creates unnecessary resistance from the road as you drive, and unnecessary wear on your tires. Not only does this result in your tires wearing down much more quickly than it should, it can also mean uneven tires and unsafe driving.
Getting the Best Gas Mileage
The extra amount of resistance created by wheels that are not aligned can and often does burn up extra fuel. These days, with record gas prices and growing environmental concerns, this is something most drivers would prefer to avoid. In addition to saving you money by adding to the life of your tires, properly aligned wheels will also help you save money at the gas pump.
Having a Safer Car
There are a number of reasons that your car may be having handling or steering problems, and improperly aligned wheels are a common culprit. Even if you are generally satisfied with you vehicle’s handling, you do not want to discover a handling problem during a long trip or in adverse weather conditions. Even in ideal conditions, problems that stem from improper alignment can come on suddenly – and this can be dangerous for and your passengers. Like other maintenance procedures, wheel alignment is best done as a precautionary measure.
Saving on Future Maintenance
Driving with misaligned wheels puts strain not only your tires, but can also adversely affect your braking and steering systems, as well as your suspension. This additional strain adds up, and can lead to significant – and significantly expensive problems – down the road.
For wheel alignment and all other service and maintenance procedures, Montgomeryville Nissan has an expert team of certified technicians who will ensure that your vehicle receives the best service possible in a timely manner.