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I am sure you have, at one time or another, experienced your car handling differently. This could be any number of things, but what might be one of the reasons? Potholes! Yes, the dreaded potholes. There is nothing worse than that huge clunk when you have hit a pothole – you just know that some damage has been done, and if you are like me, you cringe, and possibly scream.
Can you imagine driving without shocks and struts? It would definitely be a rough ride! It is not only potholes that can cause an uncomfortable ride. There are plenty of other issues that are definitely helped by shocks and struts – cobblestone roads (though there aren’t too many of these around anymore, thank goodness!), gravel/dirt roads, and roads that have seen their fair share of wear and tear. Speaking of uncomfortable rides, steering a car would be a horrible experience if not for properly working shocks and struts.
You can also thank properly functioning shocks and struts for protecting your tires from unnecessary and abnormal wear. This is why it is really important to make sure you have your shocks and struts checked regularly. They really do play SUCH an important role overall. I like to compare it to vital organs of the body – they are there for a reason, to help other organs do their job efficiently and effectively. In other words, don’t ignore shocks and struts, as they are there for a very good reason, and are critically important. Another perk of shocks and struts in good working order is not having to buy new tires as often.
Below are examples of the different types of tire wear that can be caused by improperly functioning shocks and struts. Do your tires resemble any of these? If so, it is definitely time to have your shocks and struts inspected. There are also a number of other issues that can cause tires to look like the ones below.
Make sure you stay tuned for our post on Road Trip Tips – we will share excellent tips for keeping the family entertained on long trips, as well as making sure your vehicle is also well-prepared.
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