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 WHEEL ALIGNMENT
 LET’S GET
THINGS STRAIGHT
Misaligned wheels on trucks and trailers can lead to an increase in fuel and tyre costs, yet it is often a hidden problem. But regular checks can highlight any problems and help trucks to run more efficiently and save operators money. By Dan Parton
 P otholesareagrowing problem in England
and Wales: the number filled in by councils in 2020/1 was 1.7 million,
an increase of 200,000 on the previous 12 months, according to statistics from the Asphalt Industry Alliance.
While local authorities spent £93.6 million filling potholes in, what is harder
todefineishowmuchitcoststransport operators, which must deal with the damage to their vehicles that going over them can cause.
Common damage arising from potholes affects the alignment of the vehicle’s wheels. While commercial vehicle wheels are supposed to point forwards, hitting potholes can affect this and leave them at an angle. While the degree of misalignment potholes
cancausesoundssmall–perhapsonedegree or less – the effects can be significant.
“Depending on how extreme a particular case is, wheel misalignment can cause real trouble for a vehicle’s tyres,” says Richard Tawlks, UK equity business manager at TruckForce, Goodyear’s international truck tyre service network. “If the wheels have been considerably misaligned, you’ll ultimately see quite extreme tyre wear.
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