Kwik Fit | Friday 23rd May 2014 11:00am
What’s the worst thing that can happen to your tyres? A puncture is probably the most obvious thing that springs to mind and is certainly the biggest worry a driver has when it comes to their tyres. But in reality, the misalignment of your wheels is a far more likely problem and a potentially costly issue in the long run. Studies have shown that 9 out of every 10 cars on the road suffer from some form of misalignment.
Wheel alignment, or tracking, is the process of ensuring your vehicle’s wheels are set to the optimum position, as per the car manufacturer’s specifications, so that your tyres wear evenly. The process of realigning your wheels is simple (you can get a free wheel alignment check at anyone of Kwik Fit’s 650 centres) but should not be overlooked. In fact it’s important to check your wheel alignment yearly – think of it like your car’s service - you need it to keep your car on the road for longer.
At Kwik Fit, we are installing Hunter four-wheel alignment equipment – some of the most accurate wheel alignment technology available - in a growing number of our centres. The Hunter technology uses a series of high-definition imaging sensors which measure the position and orientation of the wheels with pin point accuracy using retro-reflective wheel targets. This then feeds information into the ProAlign software which features a database containing more than 20 years of factory vehicle specifications to ensure your wheels are accurately aligned exactly as your manufacturer intended. Over 400 Kwik Fit centres across the UK already feature Hunter wheel alignment equipment.
Correct wheel alignment has several benefits, most notably one of safety. Your tyres will last longer if they are correctly aligned adding up to 12,000 miles to the life of the tyre. But this isn’t the only cost saving you can expect. The fuel efficiency of your vehicle will increase due to the reduced rolling resistance with the road – saving you pounds at the pump.
For more information on the signs of misalignment, read our previous blog post: Wheel Misalignment – How Will You Know?
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