Hitting even one especially severe pothole could alter the alignment of a wheel and cause uneven tire wear, Uneven tire wear means the tire will need to be replaced sooner than necessary.
Want to avoid pothole problems entirely? Who doesn’t? The easy answer is to bypass them, period. Unfortunately, unexpected encounters with potholes are commonplace. Worse yet, some potholes aren’t very visible, and others appear out of nowhere.
Above is an image of a not so visible hump. Humps need to be colored with white or yellow strips to allow for visibility despite the hump a head warning. Humps can cause similar or worse damage to cars. They are in the same category of bumpy rides.
Here are some tips to help avoid pothole damage. After all, it’s wise.
• A good starting point? To maintain your manufacturer’s recommended tire air pressure since properly inflated tires provide the best buffer between broken, dipping pavement and your ride’s wheel rims. And over or under-inflating your tires? Neither is good: too-firm tires are as bad as too-soft ones when it comes to preventing pothole damage.
• Prevention is the best medicine. That’s why leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you is key. That way, you’re more likely to spot potholes before they wreak havoc on your ride. Whenever it’s possible to safely avoid broken pavement, do.
• During damp, inclement weather, it’s tough to judge the depth and size of a pothole – or see it at all. When driving during crummy weather, proceed at a reduced speed. That extra caution may help you identify driving hazards, such as potholes, before they can cause damage your vehicle.
• If a pothole cannot be avoided, slow down. Hitting a pothole at high speed increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels, shocks, struts or springs.
• Do not brake when directly over a pothole, you are already too late to stop. Applying the brakes causes the car’s weight to shift to the front of the wheel and can increase damage from the impact.
• When driving over a pothole-filled road, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
• Be alert: Before swerving around a pothole, be sure to check surrounding traffic. This way you can avoid accidents that stem as a result of dodging potholes.
• Beware of water that may be concealing a deep pothole.
Daks Toyota recommends that motorists who suspect their vehicle may have been damaged by a pothole should take it to an approved auto repair facility where it can be carefully inspected and serviced if necessary. If your car is a Toyota, Daks Toyota is always ready to offer you the best services.