Prevent Drifting with a Wheel Alignment
Driving during the winter can be very dangerous due to reduced traction on the roads. Snow, ice, sleet, and rainfall can cause skids which lead to traffic accidents. For that reason, it is very crucial to be careful during this time of year in considering how to prevent the major skids and spin-outs which can happen.
The first thing to remember is that correct wheel alignment is essential. Without proper wheel alignment, your car can easily be pulled from one side to the other when you're driving. Imagine driving a poorly-aligned car on a slippery road: the consequences of doing so could potentially be very deadly. You want to do everything possible to avoid any wrecks out on the road, so just keep that in mind when you are preparing your car for the winter.
Over time, the laws of physics cause the frame of the car to shift in one direction or another. Metal bends gradually, so it just takes an alignment to make sure that the car's metal frame is shifted in the right direction. Cars are made of aluminum, meaning that it bends much easier over time.
If your car is shaking, drifting from one side to another in the lane, or being difficult to handle, then it is definitely time for a car alignment before the next snow storm. There are many signs of bad wheel alignment which are easy to spot, such as a car which is constantly vibrating and being difficult to drive. Remember that winter driving is scary because of the reduced traction, and don't hesitate to schedule a car alignment today.
Is it time for a wheel alignment? Consult our ASE Certified Technicians at TLC Auto Care for more information about our car alignment services and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Kirkland, WA and surrounding areas.