3 Costly Results from Poor Tire Alignment

If you're driving down the road and let go of your steering wheel for a moment, your vehicle should continue moving straight which is a sign that your tires are properly aligned. If the car quickly pulls to one side, it's a warning sign that your tire may not be aligned correctly.

There are quite a few things that can mess up your car's alignment such as hitting a pothole, going over a speed bump too fast, hitting a curb, being in an accident, and sometimes just normal wear and tear.

As with all car maintenance, taking care of small things before they become big things will save you time and money. Dealing with improper tire alignment is no exception. Here are three added costs you can face if you continue to drive with misaligned tires...

1. Tire Damage
When tires wear unevenly, it can make driving more dangerous and shorten the tire's life span. This can result in you needing to buy tires sooner and no one likes to waste money buying tires prematurely. Buying new tires can be expensive, getting your alignment fixed is relatively inexpensive.

2. Higher Gas Costs
When your tires have to work harder to compensate for the bad alignment, it takes more energy and that translates into lower gas mileage and paying for more gas at the gas pump.

3. Structural Damage
Imagine if you spent the day walking around with your shoes on the wrong foot. By the end of the day, your body would feel out of sorts. The same thing happens with your vehicle. Poorly aligned tires put pressure on the rest of your vehicle's structure to compensate which can lead to unnecessary wear and tear along with more expensive repairs.

If you have a question about your vehicle's maintenance, please give us a call at (717) 637-1121 or to schedule a service appointment, please click here.

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