The more experience you have driving, the more likely you’ll experienced this scenario: You’re driving along the highway and you noticed the car beginning to drift toward one side or the other. There could be a number of reasons for this, but the most common assumption is improper wheel alignment.
Wheel alignment essentially refers to keeping toe in and toe out and proper alignment to ensure that the car travels in a straight line and remains safe while out on the roads.
There could be a number of reasons why your vehicle is beginning to drift right now. It could very well be the alignment, especially after a long, hard winter that resulted in a lot of potholes and other road imperfections. It could also be the result of pitching of the road itself. Today, most highways are pitched to one side or the other to allow for better drainage during major rain events. If any water pools on road surfaces, especially highways where cars tend to travel at higher rates of speed, that increases the chance of hydroplaning, which essentially removes the tires from the road surface, thus reducing traction.
If your vehicle begins to drift in line with the angle or pitch of the road, it could simply be the road condition and not the car itself. Change lanes or observe what happens on other road surfaces, especially something extremely flat and straight. If the car drifts toward one side or the other, it may very well be the alignment.
It could also have something to do with the steering linkage, tie rods, or other components of the steering and suspension system.
When you notice your BMW beginning to drift, it’s essential that you bring it to an authorized BMW service center as soon as possible to have it properly diagnosed. You don’t want to lose complete control of your vehicle, especially when traveling at high rates of speed.