What is a shock absorber?
The role of the shock absorber is to keep the car's tyres in permanent contact with the road, helping to provide optimum grip, when cornering and braking. Shock absorbers are part of the suspension, so if the shocks are worn, the vehicle's ride and comfort is compromised.
Most people are not even aware of the potential dangers of worn shock absorbers, or that the safety of their vehicle, its occupants and other road users is seriously compromised even if all other safety features are working correctly.
Recent Survey says in Britain, it was found that over 6 million of the 25 million cars on the road had at least one worn shock absorber.
The dangers of worn shock absorbers:
- Reduced braking efficiency resulting in longer stopping distances.
- Reduced efficiency of Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS).
- Reduced efficiency of Electronic Stability Control (ESP).
- Increased risk of skidding on the wet Road.
- Aquaplaning occurs at lower speeds.
- Less control when cornering or caught in a cross wind.
- Increased driver tiredness and reduced speed or response.
- Increased wear of tyres and other suspension components.
- Uneven/oscillating headlight level causing dazzle to on-coming drivers.
- Increased passenger discomfort.