Wheel alignment is based on making the wheels of the car perpendicular to the road as well as ensuring that the wheels are parallel to one another. Many people don’t realise the importance of proper wheel alignment on their car and tend to think that nothing much happens to the tyres, except for the occasional puncture, when in fact, the correct alignment of a car’s wheels is extremely important; it makes the car safer and more efficient to drive.
Having the wheels of your car checked could save you fuel and incidentally have a positive effect on the environment. When the wheels of the car are dis-aligned an uneven pressure is distributed and they tend to cause friction on one another, creating more road surface resistance. This means that the car has to work harder to move forward and more fuel is burned than usual.
In order to provide a quick, high-quality alignment service for our clients, we have a John Bean Prism Visualiner in place in our garage. This award-winning wheel aligner has become an industry leader; it is light and portable and can handle vehicles of all sizes, from micro cars to large transit vans.
Unlike other wheel aligners, the John Bean Prism Visualiner has numerous in-built features which aid us in providing the best alignment service possible. The optimum wheel alignment for a vehicle is set by its manufacturer.
When comparing the cost of a new set of tyres and periodical wheel alignment the importance could not be more emphasised. Resistance to the road surface means more pressure on the rubber of your tyres which quickly leads to wear and tear, meaning that your tyres become bald on one side and their balance uneven. Not only is it dangerous to drive on uneven tyres, it also means that the warranty of the tyres can be invalid as manufacturers hold no responsibility for poor maintenance.
The rule is that you should get your wheels aligned every 6000 miles or every six months, whichever is sooner, so keep a note.