Spring driving isn’t just about traveling safely in rain and muddy conditions. It’s also about coping with the potholes that have emerged from winter. Damaged wheels and tires do not only leave motorists stranded on the side of the road but can also do serious damage to your car. According to CBS News, AAA estimates that consumers typically spend $5 billion a year on repairs stemming from pothole damage.
Hitting a pothole with your car can cause great deal of damage to your car particularly the tire, rims, suspension, and chassis. Here are some ways to minimize vehicle damage when it comes to potholes:
Slow down - the faster you’re driving when you hit a pothole, the worse the damage is likely to be.
Give Space - should the car in front of you fail to avoid a pothole, you’ll give yourself the time to react and avoid the same fate if you leave a good deal of space between you and the other drivers.
Keep your tires full - Properly inflated tires will give your car added protection from potholes.
If you’re even thinking there might be the slightest damage due to potholes, be sure get your car checked. Play it safe. Driving around in a damaged vehicle is unsafe for you and everyone else on the road.