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Wheel Alignment Issues: Why Ignoring Them Is Dangerous

Many drivers think wheel alignment issues are minor — that is, as long as you’re aware of the problem and you drive “safely,” there’s no real inherent danger. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

You see, problems with your car’s wheel alignment can be incredibly dangerous. It also costs you more money and wears down your car. None of these is good!

Think you can ignore your wheel alignment issues until a later date? Here’s why you should reconsider:

  • It can eat up fuel – When your wheels aren’t properly aligned, it causes much more friction and resistance as you drive. That means more fuel usage and yep, more fuel costs for you.
  • It can make it hard to stop quickly Problems with alignment can cause your car to lurch forward when you stop, and this can pose a big hazard to you and others on the road. Just think: what would happen if you had to slam on your brakes in traffic? You’d probably hit the person in front of you, leaving a pile-up of wrecked cars in your wake.
  • It makes it more difficult to steer Shaky steering wheels, pulling, and drifting are all symptoms of alignment issues, and they can make it infinitely more difficult to steer and control your vehicle. This poses a safety hazard for you and anyone else on the road.
  • It can ruin your tires – Alignment issues also speed up the wear and tear on your tires. With alignment problems at work, you’ll need new tires sooner and more often than if your alignment had been correct from the start.

If you suspect you may have wheel alignment issues, don’t delay in getting them fixed. Come into a San Antonio Brake Works location as soon as possible and let our expert mechanics evaluate the issue.