Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm
Now that winter is officially behind us, you might notice large cracks and crevices in the road. These fissures, more commonly known as potholes, are a result of winter’s wear and tear.
If hit, potholes can be pretty damaging and can affect everything from your car’s tires, alignment, shocks and struts, suspension, steering, exhaust system and even its engine.
So while you’re out on the road enjoying the warmer, longer spring days, remember to be watchful of those pesky potholes.
Here are some ways you can safely avoid potholes or deal with an unavoidable collision:
- Steer clear. This sounds obvious and is much easier said than done. But if you spot a pothole well in advance and can safely maneuver out of its way without affecting cars in adjacent lanes, that’s your best course of action. Beware that puddles could be masking potholes beneath, so approach them with caution.
- Go slowly. By driving slowly and leaving ample space between you and the car in front, you can increase the likelihood of avoiding a pothole. You’ll have more time to spot a pothole and react.
- Brake slowly. Sometimes it’s impossible to safely avoid a pothole and your first thought might be to brake abruptly upon impact. Instead, try braking slowly to minimize the risk of damage. And remember to keep two hands firmly on the wheel to maintain control.
- Inspect after impact. If you’ve hit a particularly nasty pothole, it’s a good idea to safely pull over to inspect your car for possible damage. Even if you only notice something small, consider having a professional look at your car straightaway in order to avoid further, costly damage.
Reporting potholes is a collective effort. If you see a pothole, speak up! Let local officials know, to the best of your ability, the exact whereabouts of the pothole so they can address it quickly.
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