The severity of potholes on public roads is continuing to wreak havoc for motorists, warns national tyre expert ATS Euromaster. The company is urging owners of cars and vans which have come into heavy contact with a pothole to take advantage of its free front wheel alignment check.
Chris Hufflett, Group Operations Director at ATS Euromaster, which has 380 fast-fit centres located across the UK, says: “Incorrect alignment effectively means that a vehicle’s tyres are pulling in opposite directions which can result in rapid uneven tyre wear, reduced fuel economy and can seriously affect handling and safety.
“Given the bad state of our roads after a particularly harsh winter, we strongly recommend owners spend a few moments letting us check their front wheel alignment for free. Left unchecked, poor wheel alignment can prove both costly and a safety hazard,” he adds.
Correct wheel alignment ensures that the tyres are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other, and that on a level straight road a car or van will travel in a true straight line. Drivers often report that a vehicle with poor wheel alignment feels like it is ‘pulling’ to one side. ATS Euromaster recommend that alignment is checked regularly and after any violent shock to a vehicle’s tyres – such as hitting a deep pothole, regularly driving over speed bumps or mounting the kerb.
Following the free no obligation check, ATS Euromaster offers to re-align and balance both front wheels, if required, for £29.99. This special offer is available until 31 May 2010 and represents a saving of £15 over regular prices, with the complete procedure taking approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to book.
The advice from ATS Euromaster comes in the same month as a survey published by Ipsos MORI for the RAC Foundation found that 77 per cent of British adults reported potholes and damaged roads as being a big problem in their local area. 52 per cent said they were dissatisfied with road maintenance.