What Are the Consequences of Driving with Misaligned Wheels?

A wheel alignment is an essential service to uphold the integrity of your vehicle. However, it is also necessary to ensure you're safe. Driving with misaligned wheels can significantly increase your chances of an accident or collision. Normal wear and tear or poor driving habits (hitting curbs, potholes, and more) can knock your wheels out of place; as a result, you may need to take it into an auto shop for a correction. 


The alignment process ensures that the wheels on your car are parallel with one another and perpendicular to the street. This explains why your misaligned wheels may cause excessive tire wear and lack of vehicle handling. Turning your vehicle may be more challenging, causing you to exert more effort to steer. One common symptom that misalignment causes are vehicle vibrations.


As mentioned before, a vehicle with improper wheel alignment will likely experience premature tire wear. If the problem goes unnoticed (or you neglect to fix it), you will have to replace your tires very soon. Not only will your tires suffer, but misalignment can also put stress on your vehicle's suspension parts, increasing your repair bill. Lastly, your car will burn through more fuel when your tires are misaligned. 


If you suspect that you have misaligned tires, it's best to take your car to a trusted auto repair shop to have them checked. At Old School Automotive, our certified team can help correct your wheel's angles, so you don't have to worry about compromising your safety and vehicle's efficiency. If you're interested in a wheel alignment, please call or visit our West Columbia auto service shop today!