Car Suspension

A car suspension system basically sits between the main body of a vehicle and the wheels that run it, connecting the two together. This kind of system plays a couple of important roles in the smooth running of any vehicle by its use of a complex inter-connected system that includes items such as shock absorbers and springs.


The primary aim of a car suspension system is the help the car ride the road better. Without it the car would feel every bump and pothole which could damage the vehicle as well as give the passengers an uncomfortable ride. On a technical and safety level this means that the suspension hugs the road as it should and that it can therefore be braked effectively. The system can also play a part in how any car ‘handles’ which can make for a smoother ride.

Not having a car suspension system would also make for a far less comfortable ride for the driver and the passengers. This system absorbs some of the bumps and uneven points of a road to give a smoother and more even drive. Without it, anyone in the vehicle would feel every small bump and hole in the road as they drove over it.

Although today’s car suspension systems are extremely well-developed, people have been trying to make vehicles run more smoothly and to give a smoother ride for centuries, even before the birth of the car. It is thought that the Egyptians may have made the first in-roads into designing this kind of system by using a basic form of leaf spring, which was then used in later years in vehicles.

In later centuries the car suspension system as we know it may have got its beginnings in these springs used in horse drawn vehicles. These were pretty basic but still gave more advantages than riding in vehicles that had no springs at all. As cars began to be developed over time the theory behind their suspension system changed to get closer to the type of system we now use.

Today’s car suspension systems are finely tuned and involve a lot of technical detail. Today’s cars often have two suspension systems in one. One will work with the front of the vehicle and one will work with the back. Addressing both ‘ends’ in this way is held to have vastly improved the potential benefits of the suspension system as a whole

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