Potholes are major road risks that aren’t talked about enough. When drivers aren’t careful, they can damage their tires, wheels, suspension, undercarriage, and more just from driving over one of these things.
There aren’t straightforward right or wrongs to prevent pothole damage because accidents can happen unexpectedly and swiftly. However, our auto repair shop can offer some advie that you can use to drive smarter on the road.
First and foremost, please remember to maintain a safe distance behind the car in front. It’s good practice, whether a pothole is present or not. Keeping an extra space allows you to see the road ahead with some time to spare.
Dodge if you can. If you spot a pothole in time and have the opportunity to go around it safely, please do so. If you can’t dodge it safely, it is best to slow down to your best ability. When riding over a pothole, it is best to remove your foot off the brakes and grip the steering wheel firmly. You should never slam on your brakes when passing one.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. An over-inflated tire can increase the chance of a blowout, and an under-inflated tire can jam the tire into the pothole.
Beware of puddles. Potholes can be sneaky. When it rains, water puddles can fill them up and make the pothole seem more shallow than it is.
Avoid speeding. Going too fast over the pothole can make the impact hit harder, increasing the likelihood of damage.
If you’ve been a victim of pothole damage, please bring your vehicle to the professionals at City Garage.