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What Does Your Car’s Suspension Have To Do With Safety?

Did you know that when your vehicle's suspension is not in tip-top shape, you increase your risk of getting into an accident? It's true, and that is the main reason why your car's suspension has to do with the safety of you and your passengers.

To be clear, CARSTAR Robert's Collision is not claiming that keeping your suspension well maintained is going to prevent an accident or improve your safety. That is a claim anyone would be foolish to make because accidents can be caused by various multipliers, including distracted driving, a blown tire, road hazards, and the like. But in this week's blog article, we will point out five reasons why your vehicle's suspension has a lot to do with the ability to drive safely.

Turns.

Have you ever had to make a quick, hard turn? Sharp and fast turns are not something we recommend often doing. However, these kinds of turns are sometimes necessary when avoiding an object in the road or when we almost miss a turn. If your car's suspension cannot withstand the torque caused by the speed you're driving, the size of your vehicle, and the sharpness of the hard turn, your car may go out of control and possibly roll. 

Bumps.

Have you ever seen the humorous commercial about the guy who went on a first date, picked up his gal, gave her a small bouquet, but at the end of the ride, the poor girl bumped her head on the truck's ceiling so many times that the flowers became broken twigs? To truly appreciate the sad humor of this guy's first date, you should see it. Unfortunately, we couldn't find the video for you, so here's another humorous Valentine's Date video to watch. Take a lesson from us. A malfunctioning suspension system has the potential to ruin a romantic drive with your sweetheart.

Stops.

If you have to make a hard stop to avoid a collision, your vehicle's suspension is a big part of the physics of stopping. Yes, most people think that stopping is all about the brakes. But your car's suspension being in top shape can either help or hinder your ability to stop. Just for fun, here's a video of a passenger in a cab that's begging the undercover driver to stop. Fortunately, it's a happy ending for everyone involved.

Stability.

Stability is essential when driving your vehicle. Your vehicle's suspension determines how maneuverable and drivable your vehicle can be. If your car's suspension is deficient, it can feel like you're driving a marshmallow, and that's not good for safety.

Tires.

Last but not least, a poor suspension can wear out your tires faster than expected. Not many people worry too much about bad shocks, but this video explains why shocks and suspension help your wheels stay on the road. When your car's suspension is in good repair and your wheel alignment meets factory standards, your tires are going to have an easier time safely transporting you and your passengers.

If you have other ideas to add to this list, we encourage you to contact us at CARSTAR Robert's Collision in Monterey. Or, make an appointment for auto body repairs and service at http://www.roberts-autorepair.com/appointments/.

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