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As a dedicated installer, your commitment to ensuring every vehicle that leaves your garage is roadworthy is commendable. Yet, are your customers aware of the unsung heroes of road safety? Shocks and Struts play a crucial role in enhancing safety measures not only at the surface level, which includes seatbelts, airbags, tires and brakes but extends further. Here’s why they’re crucial for every vehicle and every family’s safety and why everyone should know about them.


Testing worn shocks in critical moments


Drivers all around the world navigate their hometown every day, their family and (furry) friends comfortable buckled in, trusting their vehicle to stop in time in case an emergency situation occurs but most of the time unaware of their vehicle’s Shocks and Struts. What if the driver is driving with worn-out shock absorbers? Will it have an effect on road safety?

Recent safety tests* conducted at Monroe revealed a startling reality about worn shock absorbers. In emergency situations, every meter counts.




Safety Test 1.

The Stopping Distance: a critical factor


Emergency? Stop in time


Picture this: you’re faced with a sudden obstacle, and you hit the brakes. In that heartbeat, you count on your vehicle to stop in time. The first test performed, the stopping distance test, showed that reliable shocks can be the lifeline for your customer in these situations.

Monroe’s intensive tests* showed that worn-out shocks can significantly extend a vehicle's stopping distance. The stopping distance of a vehicle with worn shocks can increase by up to 7,6 meters on a dry road—that's equivalent to the length of more than one car. Just visualize that: a car’s length can be the difference between a close call and a catastrophe.



Consider the unpredictability: with worn shocks, the stopping distance can vary each time up to 10 meters, that’s the length of a small swimming pool. Your customers cannot trust a vehicle with worn shocks to equally perform every single time the brakes are hit, such inconsistency puts families at risk.


Histogram: braking distance of new shocks vs worn shocks

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Safety Test 2.

The avoidance: stability is key


Picture a scenario where a quick swerve is necessary to avoid danger. Here, stability is not just a luxury; it's a necessity. Worn-out shocks significantly impact stability, increasing the roll angle. On dry roads, the roll angle of a vehicle with worn shocks can increase by up to 3.9 degrees.

In one scenario, the vehicle equipped with worn shocks exhibited a close to problematic roll angle of 11.2 degrees per second while traveling at 70 kph. A vehicle can tilt dangerously when the roll angle reaches between 12 to 14 degrees per second, emphasizing the critical need to maintain control over the vehicle's roll angle and keep the tires firmly on the road.

But why should your customers care about this technicality? Stability equates to safety. A stable vehicle is far less prone to skidding or flipping during sudden maneuvers, ensuring the safety and well-being of every occupant inside. 


Boxplot: roll angle of new shocks vs worn shocks within avoidance test








Share these real-world test results with your customers. It’s not just about a smooth ride; it’s about confidence, safety, and peace of mind. By installing quality Monroe Shocks and Struts, you're not just ensuring road safety for your customers; you're providing them with a durable solution.

When it comes to choosing the right Shocks and Struts for replacement, durability is crucial. That's why Monroe offers an industry-leading 5-year warranty** on all qualifying Monroe products. Our Shocks and Struts are designed with premium and unique features to ensure durability. 

Read more about Monroe's premium and unique features >





With Monroe, you gain not just a product but a partner committed to safety and durability. Our market-leading coverage, durability-focused products, and comprehensive warranties ensure customer satisfaction and installer confidence. Every professional installer plays a crucial role in ensuring a safer journey for every family, pet, and individual on the road. Together, let's prioritize safety and make every journey a safer one.

For any application, any vehicle – regardless of its make, model, or powertrain – Monroe has got you covered. Your journey to durable and safe Shocks & Struts replacements starts with Monroe.




Something new on your Shelves


Monroe is making another important investment – the brand has introduced a comprehensive new packaging platform that brings a consistent, high-impact look to the brand’s complete shock and strut range.  In addition to simplifying the brand’s trade dress, the new packaging highlights Monroe’s expertise in the original equipment marketplace as well as the new, across-the-board 5 year warranty coverage on all new, genuine Monroe parts.

While the packaging is “new” in multiple ways, the same, iconic black-and-yellow colors and Monroe “wings” logo remain, connecting an entirely new generation of vehicle owners with one of the most storied brands in the automotive industry.



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*To test the effect of worn shock absorbers, often occurring in older vehicles, Monroe has tested with 2 vehicles (1 with worn out shocks and 1 with new shocks) and performed 2 tests: stopping distance and lane change test. A vehicle with worn shocks, where oil and gas are draining, and a vehicle with new shocks. All other suspension elements of the two vehicles tested were equal, including a new set of tires. Tests were performed by a professional driver from Monroe Intelligent Suspension, at JESCO automotive training school in Belgium.
**5-year warranty. Limitations apply. See FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS. The warranty is valid in Europe and South Africa only.