The automobile is the modern day workhorse for most Americans. According to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic safety, the average American spends 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year! Do the math and that adds up to almost 14 days of driving around the clock! With the amount of time we spend in our cars, today’s vehicles need to be both comfortable and safe.
That’s where your struts and shocks come in. Most of us don’t think of our struts and shocks when we think of vehicle safety. While the brakes, tires, and airbags might get all the press for keeping you protected on the road, your shocks and struts are just as essential for keeping you safe. That’s because your shocks and struts help keep your tires in constant contact with the road. When shocks and struts wear, the tires will bounce more under acceleration. This creates issues with handling, steering, and stopping time. Your shocks and struts absorb the force of the road for the whole vehicle. This helps protect all related suspension components. Worn shocks and struts leave your suspension springs, support arms, bushings and joints to pick up the slack from these underperforming components. Replacing your shocks and struts at appropriate intervals will help preserve the life of your suspension components, maintain your vehicle’s performance and SAVE you money in the long run!
The issue many drivers face when it comes to assessing their shocks and struts is that these parts wear gradually over time, so the loss of performance often goes unnoticed. If you notice that your vehicle is “bumpier” or “shakier” than it used to be, or your friend comments on how lousy your car rides, maybe it’s time for a suspension inspection. Upgrading to new shocks and struts will enhance not only the safety and performance of your vehicle, but also the ride comfort. Chances are pretty good that you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your car as spring and summer arrive. Make your daily commute or family vacation smoother by having the guys at Avenue Automotive assess your shocks and struts at no charge. Many manufacturers suggest having your shocks and struts replaced at approximately 50,000 miles. If you’re approaching this service interval, or your vehicle is showing the signs of suspension wear, talk to us soon about upgrading these essential suspension components!