Everyone understands that their vehicle needs an oil change every few thousand kilometres and the importance of a battery change every two to four years. However, few people treat wheel alignment with the same level of concern. It is rare to see fleet owners or managers who understand that proper wheel alignment can be an excellent way to reduce operational costs. If you have wondered how alignment can help you, here are three benefits.
Your Trucks Use Less Fuel
Vehicles with poor alignment are harder to manoeuvre and control on the road. As a result, the driver will have to make more stops at the refuelling station than if the vehicle didn't have control issues on the road. Misalignment makes the tires drag, which means the truck uses more engine power to move from one point to another, start or stop. Therefore, you can reduce the total amount spent at the pump by getting wheel alignment. The cost will be noticeable when operating a large fleet of vehicles.
Easier Ride on the Road
As a fleet manager, you should also worry about the quality of the ride your drivers experience on the road. A vehicle with misaligned wheels leads to an awfully bumpy ride and a vibrating sensation as the truck moves along. The rough driving conditions are not ideal, especially when carrying a load. They mean that the driver gets tired faster than they should, which makes them less observant on the road. Your drivers might have to do shorter shifts from exhaustion when you are not keen on proper wheel alignment.
Better Steering and Safety on the Road
Think about the driver's ability to steer the vehicle in connection with its safety on the road. When the driver has control of the vehicle's steering wheel, it becomes easy to move out of the way, even when they are headed for a collision. On the other hand, when the wheels are out of alignment, they spend too much time trying to correct the vehicle as it tends to move from side to side instead of moving forwards. Vehicles carrying heavy loads shouldn't have an extra challenge with movement on the road. It is best to realign the wheels before a major accident.
The benefits of making truck wheel alignment part of your vehicle's preventive maintenance are countless. Speak to a professional about the state of your fleet and organise a realignment session. You can create a schedule that will keep your trucks in excellent shape throughout the year.Share