MONROE® SHOCKS AND STRUTS SAFETY TRIANGLE
*This post is brought to you by Monroe® Shocks and Struts. This is a compensated campaign, but all opinions are my own.
Since we are the Eighty MPH Moms, and serious about car care and safety, I am so happy to be a part of the Monroe Shocks and Struts campaign. This project will let me provide you, my readers, lots of important information about the importance of shocks and struts on your vehicle. They play a vital role, but are often overlooked.
I suppose I should start by letting you know what shocks and struts do! They are very, very important – just as any component of your car is, especially when it comes to your safety.
Shocks and struts play important roles in safe driving by helping deliver satisfactory steering, stopping and stability. Their damping action helps maintain movement of the vehicle’s suspension within safe limits. This, in turn, helps the brakes do their job by maintaining tire traction and distributing the vehicle’s weight across all four wheels. Shocks and struts also limit the transfer of vehicle weight from front to back when braking, and from side to side around turns. And properly functioning shocks and struts help protect tires from abnormal wear.
Shocks and struts do not typically break down suddenly, but instead, they tend to wear out over time. You might notice changes, such as the steering accuracy being “off”, or you might find that your vehicle doesn’t stop the same way it used to. Your car or truck might even feel kind of shaky.
There are several factors that can determine how fast your shocks and struts might wear down. Road conditions in your area are a huge part of it. Another part is how you drive – your driving style, if you will. Ummmm, hmmm, this tells me a lot about myself. I definitely have my own style, but it may not be the best style for my shocks and struts. Vehicle load is also an important factor.
I hope this helps you understand a little bit more about the importance of shocks and struts. I think they are often overlooked, but when you think about all of the places you have been, and how rough some of that travel might have been on your suspension components, it just makes sense.