EFFECTS OF SHOCK ABSORBERS
A vehicles suspension is made up of three components, the tyre, the spring and the shock absorber. All three components need to be in good working order to keep the tyre properly in contact with the road.
At 80km/ph your braking distance is 2 to 3 metres longer with defective shock absorbers, even with ABS and ESP. This can be the difference between stopping safely and hitting a hazard.
You will have less control of your vehicle when cornering, towing or driving in wet or wintry conditions.
Other components may start to wear as they compensate for the worn shock absorbers.