The HiQ network is looking forward to improving motorists' fuel efficiency and safety, after introducing £30,000 wheel alignment systems to selected forecourts.

HiQ is reporting up to a 40 to 50 per cent increase in wheel alignment work since at each centre that now uses advanced Pro-Align machinery.

Not only is the technology helping to improve motorists' fuel economy, but it is also spotting defective and dangerous tyres at an early stage, thus reducing the potential of serious accidents.

HiQ's fast fit manager Stuart Carr said: "Where centres used to complete three or four wheel alignment jobs per week, they are now carrying out five or six per day.

"The machinery has made a huge difference to the network and adds a string to our bow. Quite a lot of the cars that have been checked actually leave the forecourt in a better condition than they would have left the showroom. It is that effective.

"The equipment gives us a real time image of the car's alignment and the car's overall geometry.

"Identifying poor wheel alignment can lead to increased fuel consumption which means a big saving in the pocket."

Pro-Align regional sales manager Greg Thompson said: "HiQ has stolen a march on its competitors with our wheel alignment systems.

"Hitting pot holes, speed humps and paving kerbs can all create mis-alignment. This will result in poor handling and an overall safety concern."We can't stress enough the importance of regular tyre and alignment checks, and this equipment plays a big part."