The vehicle, truck or SUV you drive on a daily basis is made up of multiple mechanical systems that must all function together seamlessly to function correctly. Arguably one of the most vital systems is the suspension, which helps in the safe, efficient, and good handling of your car. Depending on the type of car you own, the mechanical suspension can be assisted with advanced computer systems that tune the suspension for an optimal performance.
Nevertheless, while many automotive enthusiasts put an emphasis on installing power adders to increase their engine’s output, without any improvements to the suspension system those performance enhancements will be money wasted. Beyond this fact, there are 5 reasons why a car’s handling is vital.
Let’s look at why you should pay close attention to your suspension system and change suspension and steering part as recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
- Sturdy Suspension Makes Driving Enjoyable
Driving down the road in a stable and easy to handle car is simply fun. Whether you own a performance sports vehicle or an SUV, when the suspension on the car is correctly adjusted, and components are in good working order, your vehicle will turn on a dime. However, over time and often due to hitting curbs or potholes, the car suspension can fall out of alignment and reduce ride comfort. When this happens, it can cause premature tire wear, make the vehicle to pull to one side, and might show a suspension part failure.
- Improves Car Safety
While a strong and sturdy suspension is good for driving excitement, it’s just as critical for car safety. As we stated above, your car is made up of multiple independent systems including the powertrain (engine and transmission) and suspension systems (which includes the steering wheel and system). When the car handling is strong and sturdy, the vehicle is easy to navigate — particularly during emergency driving situations. Having all the parts that impact the car handling replaced before they wear out is critical for ride quality and car safety.
- Your Vehicle will drive Faster
Unless you drive each day on a drag strip, eventually you’ll need to turn. The car’s suspension and handling characteristics are responsible for this action. When your suspension is adjusted correctly, and all moving components are in good condition, the vehicle will steer easier, negotiate cornering speed easier, and simply drive faster down the road — but we don’t recommend driving faster than the posted speed limit.
- The tires Last Longer
While excessive speed and aggressive driving can equally lead to premature tire wear, in most cases, worn out suspension parts are the leading source of excessive wear on tires. There are multiple suspension settings that impact tire wear including the camber, caster, and toe in and toe out. When the suspension is not adjusted correctly, tires will not sit flat on the ground. When this occurs, excessive heat is built-up on areas that contact the ground more than others. To avoid this issue, make sure to have the car suspension alignment inspected at least once per year — or anytime you strike potholes or curbs.
- It will save you Money
Although most of us assume changing parts as recommended by the manufacturer leads to more money spent, in truth, it can save you a tremendous amount of money. Let’s assume you’re driving down the street when a front strut breaks and causes the front hub and wheel to fall off the car. This happens more often than you’d think. In most situations, when vehicle suspension parts break, it will cause other suspension component to break at the same time. This can result to an accident if the vehicle is in motion.
Automobile handling is derived through the efficient operation of your car’s suspension, tires, and steering parts. If these parts are not changed before they break, accidents can and often will handle. Regardless of what type of vehicle, truck, or SUV you own, ensure to be proactive about replacing components that assist in the safe operation of your handling system.