Here’s what you need to know about potholes, and how to steer clear of them.
Potholes are an issue that many of America’s roads and drivers face on a daily basis. These cost drivers millions of dollars in repair bills annually. Now that the winter weather is here, the water that freezes on the roads is likely to crack surfaces, leaving potholes in the winter’s wake. In order to protect your vehicle and steer clear, here’s what you need to know about potholes.
What damage can a pothole do?
A pothole is bad news for cars because driving over them cause a number of problems to the vehicle’s wheel and tires. The extent of potential damage depends on the car that you drive, the size of the potholes, and the speed you drive over it, but it’s safe to say that they aren’t car-friendly.
The initial impact with a pothole can potentially cause cracks on the wheel or even cause it to buckle. The damage doesn’t stop there, the tire can spilt or even pop from a particularly bad pothole impact. The damage done to a car after hitting a pothole or a large number of potholes over time will need to be fixed at a professional mechanic garage.
How can I avoid potholes?
Avoiding potholes is often an impossible task, but there are always ways to cut the risk of hitting one in the first place, or reducing damage if you do!
Here are a few tips:
- Check tire pressure – Under or overflated tires can increase damage and hit your car’s handling in the event of a pothole strike. This can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, even for a split second.
- Stay alert – Drop back from the traffic flow, leaving more time to react if you see a pothole, or notice traffic swerving to avoid one.
- Be cautious of puddles – An innocuous-looking puddle could be concealing a significant pothole. Beware when driving through water lying on the road.
- Reduce your speed – Sounds obvious, but this is the best way to beat potholes! Slower strikes will help to lower repair bills.