As springtime approaches, potholes follow. The freeze-thaw effect causes asphalt to erode, creating deep craters in the road after a long winter. Potholes can cause serious vehicle damage, so heed caution when driving. Here are a few tips to minimize vehicle damage from potholes:
- Slow down. The faster your vehicle is traveling when hitting a pothole, the more damage can occur. Driving at a slower speed allows for more reaction time to avoid potholes in a safe manner.
- Leave extra space. Allow more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you. In the event that the vehicle ahead hits a pothole, you will have more reaction time to avoid a similar fate.
- Be wary of puddles. It is difficult to gauge how deep puddles can be, so proceed with caution and avoid puddles altogether if safe to do so.
- Grip your steering wheel tightly. Potholes can cause an aggressive jolt to your car, so it is important to grip your steering wheel tightly to avoid losing control or veering into danger.
- Properly inflated tires. Improperly inflated tires are more likely to be damaged by potholes, whether they are over or under inflated. Make sure your tires are inflated to your vehicle’s proper tire pressure—which can be found in the owner’s manual.
Accidents happen, and sometimes potholes can be unavoidable. If your vehicle is damaged, Auto Works can help. Give us a call!