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Change to winter tyres and have shock absorbers checked

In most countries, the average car is getting older and older. Rainer Popiol, training manager at BILSTEIN in Ennepetal, Germany, knows that shock absorbers often suffer quite badly after nine, ten or even more years. Particularly in winter, frequent rain and snowfall is making this situation even more dangerous. In corners or during evasive driving manoeuvres worn-out shock absorbers increases the risk of the car breaking away because the tyres lose grip quickly. It also adds up to 20 per cent to the braking distance, increases the risk of aquaplaning and even negates the effect of electronic aids such as ABS and ESP. To be on the safe side, shock absorbers should be checked by a professional at least every 20,000 kilometres (12,000 miles) – e.g. when making a seasonal tyre change or a technical service.

Periodic checks by a professional are important as shock absorbers deteriorate very slowly and the drivers get used to this situation. Moreover, most MOTs and general routine check-ups only include a visual check of these items which only delivers a very superficial result. This can lead to a hidden danger "brewing" in the car over time. “Including a professional check with a tyre change or any other service means hardly any extra effort and usually quite manageable costs,” says Rainer Popiol and recommends ensuring that the selected garage is equipped with a test device for shock absorbers: "The visual inspection reveals whether the shock absorber leaks oil and whether the attached parts are defective. The actual state of wear and the remaining damping force, however, can only be determined during a test drive or on the suspension tester." The service life of shock absorbers depends on many factors: road conditions, load, mileage and driving habits, cold, heat, dust, water and salt can contribute to accelerated ageing.

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