Spotting the Signs of Alignment Problems After an Accident

Not all of the damage caused by a car accident is visible to the eye. The shock of a collision can affect your wheel alignment, which can both harm your car’s performance and put you at risk of another accident. If you suspect that your vehicle’s alignment may have been affected by a recent accident, take it to a collision repair professional for an inspection. Here are some of the clearest signs of an alignment issue:

It’s hard to keep your car driving straight.

Normally, it shouldn’t be difficult to keep your car moving in a straight line—that’s how it’s designed to drive. When this isn’t the case, it means that there’s a problem. If you find that your steering wheel keeps pulling left or right, or that it isn’t easy to keep your car moving in a straight direction, it could indicate that you have a wheel alignment issue.

Your tires aren’t wearing evenly.

Most of the time, when there is visible wear on your tires, it’s because you haven’t rotated your tires lately. If you notice more wear on one side of the tread blocks than the other, it could be due to misalignment of your tires. You should be sure to check the pressure of your tires at least once a month and check the tire tread at the same time.

Your steering wheel vibrates.

If you feel a vibration in your steering wheel, it could be the result of a number of things, but one of the likely causes is misaligned tires. When your alignment is off, it means that your tires aren’t going in exactly the same direction, which causes the vibration—and it gets worse, and becomes more noticeable, at high speeds.

Dave’s Body Shop has been proudly serving the Utah community since we first opened our doors in 1942. If you’ve been involved in an accident, we can provide you with the fast, efficient, and accurate repair services you’re looking for. You can schedule an appointment at our auto body shop by calling (801) 566-3906.