Do your wheels need aligning?

With many of the roads in the UK in a bad state, covered in pot holes, it is quite common for your car to have its wheels knocked out of alignment.

Wheels alignment is very important but not everyone knows much about it or that it is something you can have done. When your car is made in the factory the wheels are set up to be aligned exactly with each other meaning that it steers as it should and ensures the tyres wear evenly. Over time the wheels can be unaligned, or it can happen instantly if you hit a pot hole or a curb for example. The first sign that your wheels are out of alignment is usually noticing the car pulling to one side when you are driving. Over time if left this will cause uneven wear in your tyres due to the alignment being out.

Most car garages can check and alter the alignment for you for less than £30 but if left out of alignment you may find that you end up having to fork out a lot more for the new tyres. Some garages don’t charge anything to check the alignment but then charge a fee if it needs correcting, meaning there is no downside to having it done.  Getting your tracking done once every 12 months or if you have recently had a bump to the wheel is recommended to try and keep on top of it.