Hitting a pothole with your car can cause a great deal of damage to your car, particularly to the tires and suspension area. Because of this, it’s very important to be cautious while on the road. Keep these tips in mind to help minimize vehicle damage:
1. Slow down
The faster you’re driving when you hit a pothole, the worse the damage could possibly be.
2. Give some space
Should the car in front of you fail to avoid a pothole, you’ll give yourself the time to react and avoid the same fate if you leave a good deal of space between you and the other driver.
3. Prepare for puddles
When you see a puddle in the middle of the road, it’s impossible to know how deep the hole could be. Avoiding it is obviously best, but keeping an eye out for these types of road hazards and driving defensively will also help.
4. Hold tight
Potholes can cause a violent jolt to your car, so it’s very important that you have a solid grip on the steering wheel. Otherwise, your car can veer into the next lane or even lose control of your car.
5. Keep your tires full
Properly inflated tires will give your car added protection from potholes. The lower the air pressure in your tire, it could potentially create a harder impact. The added air creates a cushion between the ground and your rim.
Signs of Pothole Damage
If you find yourself unable to avoid driving through the potholes that dot your local streets, you’ll want to check for damage as soon as you can. Signs there may be damage from potholes include bulging tires, bent rims, any dents or leaks, which can lead to rusting. Also, if you notice swaying or bouncing, there may be issues with the shock absorption or suspension. The best thing to do would be to get your car in to Integrity Automotive to have a look over and repair damage as soon as possible before it gets any worse. Keeping up with maintenance and catching warning signs early will always keep your car bills down.