Tire alignment is an often overlooked repair process that should be done periodically, just like an oil change or transmission flush, to ensure that your vehicle is continuing to operate in the proper fashion. An improperly aligned vehicle can experience a wide variety of different problems, some of which can be expensive and complicated to fix. Thankfully, there are some early warning signs of tire misalignment that you can keep your eye out for to help determine when you need to contact a mechanic and have your car's tires aligned before another problem develops.
Crooked Steering Wheel
One of the most obvious signs that your car's tires are out of alignment is if you have to hold your steering wheel crooked while driving straight. In order to test this out, you may want to try traveling on a deserted road at low speeds with your steering wheel perfectly straight. If your vehicle begins to veer to one side, your vehicle needs to have its tires aligned as soon as possible.
In a very similar vein to the above point (especially since it indicates the same problem), if your vehicle pulls significantly to one side while driving, especially while at high speeds, such as on the highway, your tires are misaligned. Moderate amounts of pulling will begin to manifest themselves in pain or strain in one of your arms over time, even if you do not consciously notice that your vehicle is pulling. You should see a mechanic as soon as possible, as any sort of pulling while driving can greatly increase the risk of an accident occurring.
Uneven Tire Wear
Check your tires for signs of wear. Properly inflated and aligned tires will wear evenly across the entire tread, whereas wear on only the inside or the outside can point to poor alignment or poor inflation. In order to determine if you need to have your tires inflation or alignment adjusted, you should head to a gas station with an air pump and read the air pressure in each of your unevenly worn tires. If the pressure on the air pump matches the recommended air pressure on the sidewall of your tires, you should head to a mechanic instead to have your tires realigned. If the pressure is different than the range printed on the tire's sidewall, you can use the air pump to deflate or inflate your tires as necessary.
For more information, contact companies like Professional Automotive.