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Nov 28, 2016

How Bumpy Roads Affect Your Car

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Optimal driving conditions are smooth, straight roads that are regularly maintained and that don’t provide any sort of safety hazard to you, or other drivers, and which exact the smallest toll possible of your vehicle. Unfortunately, we do not live in a world of ideal roads, or driving conditions. Some of us are forced to use bumpy, imperfect roads, often in cars that are not really designed to handle those conditions. Below are some of the ways that bumpy roads can affect your car.

How Bumpy Roads Damage Your Car

Springs. Your car’s springs allow you to absorb the impact of a pothole or a bump without injuring the passengers. Most cars contain four steel springs, which, over time, and depending on how much impact they take on a regular basis, will wear out and stop functioning as they should. Your ride will be a lot less smooth with springs whose tensile strength has been diminished due to bumpy driving conditions.

Shocks. Your car’s shocks are designed to ensure that the springs do not over oscillate or extend, thereby preserving their useful life. Your shocks contain fluid and internal passages that control the vehicle’s movement, the movement of the wheel and help take pressure off the springs. Over time, bumpy roads can damage your car’s shock system, causing fluid leaks, and damaging the valving.

Struts. The strut is what keeps the springs and shocks together as a functioning unit. If the strut takes too much impact and damage from continuous driving on bumpy roads, the shock and the spring will stop working in conjunction, damaging your ability to steer, and causing the body of the car to take far more damage and impact than it is designed to do.

Wheels. Excessive driving on bumpy roads, especially using tires that are either not designed, or not properly inflated or deflated to handle the impact, will, over time, destroy your tires. The integrity of your tires is incredibly important to the safe functioning of your vehicle; and tires damaged by bumpy driving conditions can fail at any time, presenting a safety hazard to you and your passengers.

Engine And Alignment. Your car’s shocks and springs are not only designed to provide you with a comfortable ride, they also take stress off of the engine. Continuous impact to your engine from driving on bumpy roads can damage important internal components of your engine, as well as damage your car’s steering and alignment, making it unsafe to drive, and can require expensive repairs to fix.

It’s often not possible to avoid driving on certain roads, and in certain conditions. But just knowing what bumpy roads are capable of doing to your car, its passengers and your wallet should be a good incentive to avoid driving on bumpy, poorly maintained roads whenever possible.

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