In its simplest terms, wheel alignment is the direction in which your tyres point, however, the consequences of misalignment are not so simple.
Tyres fitted to wheels that are incorrectly aligned are highly likely to suffer from premature and uneven tread wear, impact both lifespan and safety of your tyres. Other symptoms to watch for include:
- Your car pulls to one side when driving on a straight flat road
- Your steering wheel remains at an angle while driving straight
- Your fuel consumption has increased
It doesn't necessarily take a significant impact for your wheel alignment to be affected. Minor driving occurrences can cause your wheels to be misaligned. Driving over potholes, hitting a kerb or even debris in the road can lead to a wheel alignment issue. You should always have your wheel alignment checked when you have new tyres fitted or undergo any steering or suspension repair work.