5 Tips to Save Your Vehicle – And Your Wallet – From Pothole Damage
You may think you’re in the clear. Spring is coming and it’s “See ya, winter!” And then a remnant of the snowy season comes in with a bang.
Maybe even a literal BANG – because you just hit a massive pothole. Did a piece of your car just fall off? It’s quite possible. Here’s what you need to know about these annoying, damaging craters.
Where do potholes come from?
Chuckholes, craters, potholes, the path to Mordor – whatever you call them – they’re headaches that are sadly common in areas that get snow and ice.
As the freezing and thawing cycles of a normal winter come and go, moisture permeates the road’s surface. The result is crumbling asphalt.
Guard your vehicle – and your wallet
Unfortunately, you can’t stop the roads from developing potholes. (If you could, you’d be a millionaire.)
But you CAN take some preventive measures to protect your car from damage that leads to expensive repairs.
Here’s what you can do:
- 1. Stay on the roads you know.If you’re familiar with the road, you’ll be able to avoid potholes easier.
- 2. When driving at night, do your best totake well-lit routes so you can see what you need to avoid without difficulty.
- 3. Monitor your speed. If you’re going too fast, you won’t have time to slow down or navigate around a pothole.
- 4. If your vehicle does strike a pothole, as soon as it’s safe, examine your tires and wheels for damage. Be aware of how your car drives after hitting a pothole, too. If you notice a wobble in the steering or the car pulling to one side, get in touch with your mechanic ASAP.
- 5. When you have no choice but to hit a pothole, brake before you make impact with the hole. It’s easier on your tires to go over it while they’re in motion than to skid over it.
You passed Potholes 101
You can’t always dodge smashing right into a pothole. But if you follow these tips, you’re more likely to avoid a costly situation!