Potholes create a lot of problems for car owners. It’s important to watch for these three warning signs to determine if hitting a pothole has damaged your vehicle. The Car Care Council suggests to keep an eye out for the following:
- 1. “Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle’s ride and handling.”
- 2. “Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.”
- 3. “Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.” –Car Care Council,See Ref.
Potholes generally occur when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding. It happens during weather changes too, especially when pavement is exposed in extreme changes between cold and warm temperatures while fall is transitioning from summer.
It’s best to get your car looked at when if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Even then, preparing your vehicle for the coming winter months with a pair of winter tires, or getting your car in for a scheduled maintenance inspection, can do a lot to keep road ready. Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment.Learn more about why getting a scheduled maintenance inspection is important for your vehicle.
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