On The Trail Of Overweight Cars
Are you ready now for your holiday traveling with your trusty Toyota packed with all your gear and odds and ends that you would need? You might even have had packed your car’s truck with those spare Toyota body parts that you would need in case any one of your car’s breaks down.
However, have you ever thought about the weight your vehicle is actually carrying? According to the American Automobile Association, or the AAA, a vehicle that is overweight can be actually dangerous. Did you know that? You see, the director of public affairs of AAA’s Minnesota and Iowa areas, Gail Weinholzer, even did mention that when you overload your vehicle, the excess weight actually does put so much stress on three major things: the tires, the shocks, and the springs. Did you know that these three main parts are those main parts that actually do keep you in control of your vehicle and these also keep your vehicle safely on the road.
Actually, auto manufacturers have included the right amount of capacity when it comes to weight. However, such an amount actually is a combination of not only passengers but also of your cargo. You can find out how much your vehicle can actually carry by checking out the sticker your vehicle has on the driver’s side door panel.
Maybe you own a Toyota Corolla made for the model year 2006. According to the Toyota Motor Company, such a vehicle unit has the capacity to carry five passengers and has been built to have a payload capacity of some 850 pounds. Checking just how much your vehicle can carry can actually help you have a safe travel this holiday season and for the rest of your driving life.
Weinholzer does continue to share, “Built in safety mechanisms that help a driver maintain control at highway speeds won’t work properly when supporting more weight than they were designed to carry. In a turn or sudden swerve, an overweighted vehicle will roll too far to the outside which causes the spring and shock system to rebound pushing the vehicle back to the inside. This condition creates a rocking effect similar to a ship on the sea that can make steering so difficult that a driver may loose control of their vehicle.”
About the Author: As a manager of one of the largest auto store in Springfield,Massachusetts, Sarah has extensive expertise on auto parts and automotives in general. This 42 year old is a certified car enthusiast.