Here at Highway Tire Auto & Lube, we want to help you keep your car in optimal driving condition so that you can stay safe on the road. In our experience, drivers tend to make better decisions when it comes to caring for their vehicle when they have the right information about how its various systems work and what signs to look for to spot problems. Our team wants to give you the information you need to make the right calls for your car maintenance, so in this article, we’ll be going over the basics of wheel alignment, what it is, and why it matters.
Simply put, wheel alignment is the orientation of both your wheels and steering wheel in relation to one another. When your wheel alignment is correct, the position of your steering wheel and the four wheels on the road will match each other perfectly. In contrast, an incorrect wheel alignment will lead to things like your car veering to the right or left when you let go of the wheel, or the steering wheel having to be in an incorrect position in order to keep the car driving straight. Wheel alignment issues are a serious problem because they prevent you from being able to accurately predict where and how your car will move in response to your commands, making your vehicle unsafe. Fortunately, we at Highway Tire Auto & Lube can get your wheels back into their proper alignment so that you can continue to drive safely.
We hope that this information helps you to spot potential alignment issues in your own vehicle. If you do notice any of the problems described above, we encourage you to bring your car into our shop for a professional assessment.