It’s understandable to hope to avoid car maintenance because of the cost it incurs, but when safety is concerned, you need to make the sacrifice.
Shocks and struts have a lifespan, and throughout their life, they wear down. The wear happens gradually, making it difficult to notice. If you could drive your car with new shocks and struts on one trip and then drive it with worn shocks and struts on the next trip, you’d notice the difference because it would feel drastic.
When the change is spread out over years, you’ll probably miss it. So, when you think your car rides great, but your mechanic tells you it needs shocks and struts, you should probably listen to them. Your shocks and struts give you stability on the road and maximize your stopping power.
Your drive will get more dangerous as your shocks and struts get to the end of their lifespan, so even if they’re not completely useless, at a certain point, they can be a safety concern.