It might not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner. Yay warmer temperatures! Unfortunately there is a downside to more pleasant conditions: potholes!
Why now? It’s because roads freeze and thaw, causing erosion of the dirt beneath the pavement. This weakens the asphalt in the process. Then the pressure from vehicles causes the road to crumble. Eventually, the street deteriorates further and develops into the crater we know as potholes.
You probably know to stay clear of these eyesores, but do you know why? Here’s a list of possible damages resulting from hitting one:
• Tire puncture, damage or wear
• Wheel rim damage
• Premature wear on shocks and struts
• Suspension damage, including broken components
• Steering system misalignment
• Exhaust system damage
• Engine damage
The best ways to avoid damage are to simply pay attention. You should have your eyes on the road at all times, anyway. If there’s time, simply swerve around them. This will help you avoid damage altogether. Also, be sure to leave ample space between you and other cars while driving.
In the event you have the misfortune of hitting one, listen up. Be on the lookout for signs of damage which can include one or more of the following: tires with uneven wear or bulges, vibrations and alignment issues. In the case of the latter your wheels may need to be inspected or even balanced. If you suspect damager it’s important to take it into the shop right away. This will prevent any further damage to your vehicle. Driving the vehicle while damaged could exacerbate the problem.
Potholes are sneaky, and can really ruin your day. If bad luck strikes, give us a call and we’ll help you assess the damage and get back on the road in no time.