AVOID THOSE POTHOLES AT ALL COSTS
Have you ever been driving down the road and BANG! You hit a pothole and cringe at the thought of an expensive car repair – I sure do. Hitting a pothole can cause damage to your tires, suspension, chassis, and rims and obviously, the best possible outcome is to avoid the pothole altogether. However, that is not always possible. This week I have some tips to help you avoid those pesky potholes and what to do in the event of you hitting one. Take a peek below!
- Slow down: if you hit a pothole as a fast speed, the damage is more likely to be worse than if you hit it at a slower speed.
- Give space where space is needed: leave some space between you and the vehicle that is in front of you. This will give you some time to react and avoid a pothole in the event that the driver in front of you fails to do so.
- Puddles mean danger: when you see a puddle, avoid it at all costs. Water does an excellent job of hiding the depth of the hole that lies beneath. Be cautious and avoid them if you can.
- Do not brake: if you do hit a pothole, do not hit the brakes once you hit the hole. Doing so can actually cause more damage to your vehicle.
- Full tires = happy tires: make sure your tires are properly inflated to the correct psi – this acts as an added protection from potholes.
If you do hit a pothole, hold on tight. Potholes have a tendency to violently jolt your car and you’ll want to have a tight grip on the steering wheel. If not, your car can veer into oncoming traffic in the other lane. So, keep a tight grip and do your best to avoid the potholes altogether! We know you can do it!