Fleet managers do all they can to ensure the safety, efficiency, and profitability of their fleet. As the cost of doing business rises day by day, taking care of your fleet is an important thing you can do get the most out of every trip and every gallon. Keeping up on regular fleet maintenance is essential, and one of the most important services you need for your fleet is wheel alignment.
Why Wheel Alignment is Important for Your Commercial Fleet
The poorly aligned trucks in your fleet cost you money. The vehicle’s fuel economy, as well as the suspension, steering, brakes, and other components are all effected by wheel alignment. Most importantly, the safety of your drivers is compromised when proper wheel alignment is not maintained.
Correctly aligned wheels contribute to reduced operational costs with reduced front end suspension part wear and improved vehicle handling and safety.
Properly aligned tires also wear more evenly and last longer. Correct toe alignment on your commercial vehicle, along with correct air pressure and axle alignment, can help prevent as much as 95% of irregular tire wear.
When Commercial Trucks Need Wheel Alignment
Wheels become misaligned as a result of normal driving, due to potholes, bumps, and other road surface irregularities. While improper wheel alignment can go undetected, there are often signs that your commercial vehicle may require a wheel alignment, such as:
- Uneven tread wear patterns such as cupping, wear on only one side
- Premature tread wear on newer tires
- Truck pulling to one side while driving
- Vibration in the steering wheel
- Steering wheel off center when driving in a straight line
A commercial vehicle may also require a wheel alignment if it has recently been in a collision, had steering or suspension work done, or if new tires have been installed.
Whether commercial vehicles in your fleet are showing symptoms of poor alignment, or you simply need a reliable source for regular fleet maintenance, the team at Raben is ready to meet your needs.