During the bad weather, many drivers slid into kerbs or drove into deep potholes as they struggled to control their vehicles properly, potentially causing damage or misalignment to their vehicle's wheels and geometry settings. Cars suffering from misalignment will experience higher running costs as the tyres will wear out prematurely and the increased rolling resistance will cause higher fuel bills. Gross misalignment can even be a danger to other road users.
"Although drivers may not notice any difference to the way their car feels after sliding into a kerb or other object, it's important that they have their wheel alignment properly checked," explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. "Even very low speed impacts can cause significant misalignment or damage to components, especially if they occur at an unusual angle. Many workshops across the country are equipped with the latest four wheel alignment systems which can determine in just a few minutes, if a car's alignment needs adjusting."
Modern wheel alignment systems now use sophisticated technology to measure 14 primary angles of all four wheels in a matter of minutes. Not only can this complex operation help reduce driver's running costs, but it can also make for safer driving and better handling as any vehicle pull can be identified, and steering wheels set straight, to avoid further driving distractions.