Absolute Alignment is calling for drivers and fleet operators to ensure their vehicle's wheels are correctly aligned as part of the company’s support of Tyre Safety Month.
The Tyresafe campaign for October encourages motorists to regularly check the tread depth of their tyres is above the legal limit (1.6mm), that the tyres on their vehicle are wearing evenly, and that their tyre pressures are set correctly – on the front and rear of the car – in accordance with vehicle loads.
It also strongly recommends that tyres are looked over periodically for any cracks, bulges or nails.
Absolute Alignment says that if tyres appear to be wearing unevenly and they have been changed recently, or if a wheel alignment check has not been carried out within the last two to three years, it is advisable to book a four wheel alignment at a preferred garage or tyre specialist outlet.
Chris Dear, technical director at Absolute Alignment, said: “Wheel alignment is so important to ensure that motorists are not just driving safely on their tyres, but also making sure they are getting the most out of their tyres by enabling them to last longer via proper maintenance and simple regular checks.
“Winter will soon be with us, and potholes are a leading cause of four wheel alignment issues during the UK’s cold season.
“We are simply asking consumers during Tyre Safety Month to be aware of when their vehicle last had a wheel alignment check, and to do all they can to be safe on the road.”
Wheel alignment can be affected by impact caused by hitting kerbs or driving over potholes and also by any wear to a vehicle’s suspension system.
In addition, any work carried out to the wheels, tyres or suspension of a car may also disturb wheel alignment.