The mild weather seems to create more potholes after a cold winter. The first thing to realize is what type of damage driving into a large pothole can do to your vehicle. It can cause damage to your vehicle’s suspension system, alignment, steering control, tires, and the rims. Those are enough reasons to avoid driving in a pothole as they can be very costly repairs.
To help you spot potholes early enough to avoid them, look well ahead and see if you can spot a change in the shading of the pavement. If it is darker, it may be an actual pothole. This gives you early information to do something to avoid having your wheels drive into it. The other advantage of looking ahead is if you notice the vehicles ahead of you all moving over slightly, chances are there is a reason and that reason may very well be a pothole. Another way to spot a pothole is seeing larger puddles on the road. If it has not rained recently, chances are that the puddle you spotted is actually a pothole holding onto that water. Again, do your best to avoid driving into that larger puddle.
Many drivers will slow down dramatically before they hit the pothole, but that can still damage your vehicle. The added problem of slowing down is the traffic behind you. Those drivers may not expect you are about to suddenly brake and may not be prepared. The best thing to do is to adjust your vehicle’s position on the road. Sometimes that means moving closer to the lane next to you. To ensure you can do that safely, it is a good idea to position your vehicle in traffic so that there will not be another vehicle immediately beside your vehicle. If you do hit a pot hole, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect the vehicle for any damage.