You might be surprised how easy it is to knock your wheels out of alignment. If your wheels are out of alignment, Techway Automotive advises that you may have difficulties driving straight because your vehicle pulls to the side. You may also notice that your steering wheel logo is not centered. Wheel alignment helps prevent uneven tire tread wear and makes it easier to control your automobile. Here are ways that you can knock your wheels out of alignment.
Getting into an automobile accident can cause all kinds of damage to your car, truck, or C/SUV including knocking the wheels out of alignment. It’s always a good idea to have your vehicle inspected thoroughly after you’ve been in an accident, even if it’s only a minor fender-bender. You never know what unseen damage there is.
You can’t avoid every bump in the road, but you can drive over them slowly. Flying over bumps, especially speed bumps, can definitely knock your wheels out of alignment. It’s also important to drive slowly through construction zones, especially if you’re driving over metal road covers. Take it easy on your automobile so you don’t damage your alignment or suspension.
One of the easiest ways to knock your wheels out of alignment is to slam into a curb. Turn around corners slowly and take it very easy when you parallel park. If you hit a curb going too fast, you can immediately knock the wheel that made contact with the curb out of alignment and you will start to have the control problems discussed above.
Cement parking space markers are also an easy way to knock your wheels out of alignment. If you pull into a parking space and let the cement marker stop you, you are pushing your wheels backward in a direction they should not go. Pull into parking spaces slowly so that you can stop before you hit the cement marker, and whatever you do, try to avoid driving over them.
Finally, potholes definitely can knock your wheels out of alignment. It is so important to slow down and drive through potholes as slowly as possible. These holes knock your wheels all over the place, so keep this in mind as you drive through them.
Techway Automotive has the best auto service shops around. You’ll find one shop in Dothan, AL, and the other shop in Blakely, GA. Give us a call today if you need your wheels aligned.