Benefits Of Wheel Alignment
The benefits of undertaking corrective wheel alignment. These fall in to four main categories as follows:-
IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY
Incorrect wheel alignment will increase the rolling resistance of a vehicle, as approximately 30% of the vehicle’s fuel is used to overcome tyre rolling resistance and therefore any small amount of misalignment will substantially increase fuel consumption. A saving of in excess of 2% is commonly achieved by our customers.
As you would expect, incorrect wheel alignment has a detrimental effect on the life of the tyres; causing them to wear unevenly, prematurely and consequently effecting the handling characteristics of the vehicle. As proven by many of our customers, correct wheel alignment will rectify this and can increase the tyre life by over 20%.We proven with careful monitoring to include turning on rims or swapping for side to side MUCH MORE THAN THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED and for this reason we are adding this to our service in some cases.
REDUCTION IN CO2 EMISSIONS
There is growing pressure on governments, industry and transport to reduce CO2 emissions which has lead to more efficient engines such as euro IV and V. However, if vehicles are not correctly aligned, as explained earlier their efficiency is compromised and the saving in fuel and potential for reduction in CO2 emissions will still be lost.
If wheels are misaligned it can cause the vehicle to veer to either the left or right, demanding corrective steering by the driver and, as such, can increase fatigue on both the driver and vehicle. Uneven tyres do not adhere to the road or handle efficiently and incorrect wheel alignment puts unnecessary stress on steering joints, wheel bearings and other steering components which can reduce their effective lifespan.
In Holland A Tri-Axle Trailer With Rigid Axles Was Tested
Our own Government funded test was carried out with a tandem axle trailer at The Road Research Laboratory, Crowthorne, Berkshire back in 1981. The official results being that 1 degree of misalignment between the axles incurred a 3% increase in fuel consumption whilst 2 degrees incurred a massive 8%, these results are set in stone. All conservation test since have conclusively proven that correct wheel alignment is essential for a variety of reasons.
In conclusion, with correct wheel alignment you will attain lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, longer tyre life and safer more stable vehicles. In so doing, you will reduce costs.