Road construction can be extremely frustrating for drivers. Not only can it result in long waits in bumper to bumper traffic this time of year when you are on vacation but it can be costly too. Road construction can actually damage your car. The goal of road construction is to make roads safer and more convenient for commuters, yet getting to that state can come at a pice. According to a press release from Car Care Council, driving in areas with road construction will have you spending more time waiting for minor repairs to be completed on your car.
The Car Care Council lists some of the dangers that your car will encounter as you drive through a construction zone as loose stones and bumps along the road surface. The rough ride caused by these obstructions can cause damage to both your cards sterring and suspension systems, along with the alignment of your tires. The stones and other debris can also cause damage to not only your windshield, but the paint on the exterior of your car as well.
So, how do you know if your car has suffered steering, suspension, or alignment damage after driving through a construction zone? Well there are several items that can clue you into the fact that you could have a problem. These include if your car pulls to one side, you hear unusual road noise while driving, or there is an uncommon vibration as you drive around corners. You might also notice uneven wear on your tires as long as you check them regularly.
So, what parts of your car are most likely to be damaged driving through the construction zones. These are the shocks and struts of your car. Other areas that could see damage are the steering knuckle, ball joings, bearings, seals, ends of the tie rods, and steer rack or box. So, how do you avoid having this damage occur to your car? Well, there isn’t a lot you can do other than to drive cautiously. You should also inspect your car regularly though to catch problems early on.
“Even the most careful driver, who is traveling slowly and carefully through a work zone, can hit an unexpected bump or other road hazards,” according to Rich White, who is the executive director of Car Care Council. “The key is to pay attention to your car and if you think there’s a problem, have it taken care of as soon as possible.”
Through a combination of observant driving, and inspection of your car on a regular basis, hopefully you will be able to avoid significant damage to your vehicle if you travel through construction zones.
Prnewswire.com. “Road Construction Can Be Tough on Vehicles”.