What Keeps Your Vehicle Stable?


The shocks and struts on your vehicle play a big role in the stability and control of the vehicle.

These effects result in reduced braking ability, along with tire and suspension parts having accelerated wear. It is also more difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle, causing them to constantly make steering corrections while driving to compensate.

Studies show that it only takes one worn shock to increase your vehicle's stopping distance. When you are braking, a worn shock will cause the front of the vehicle to nose dive.

This makes the rear end of the vehicle rise and causes the tires to loose their firm grip on the road.

This poor traction increases the stopping distance of your vehicle. Some studies show that it can be increased by as much as 23%.
  • If your shocks or struts are getting worn this can be indicated by the following symptoms:
  • Nose Dives During Hard Braking
  • Vehicle Squatting During Acceleration
  • Excessive Body Roll Around Corners
  • Extended Bounce Time Over Bumps or Dips in Pavement
  • Bottoming Out
  • Tire Cupping
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we recommend having your vehicle inspected. At minimum your shocks and struts should be inspected on a yearly basis. Having your shocks and struts replaced when they show signs of being worn will help to keep your vehicle responsive and safe. This will help to keep the ride and handling of your vehicle like new. At Rapid Auto we specialize in vehicle suspensions. You are more than welcome to come in for a free vehicle suspension check and quotation.