In the spring, you might notice the potholes that have developed on the roads. Water gets into cracks in the road surface, freezes overnight and expands. When this happens, potholes will start to develop. Heavy traffic can also increase the chance for potholes to form on the roadways, since the pavement is already weak.
Make sure that the tires on your vehicle are correctly inflated. If you are not sure what the correct amount should be, make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual. This way they will be at the amount indicated by the manufacturer. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. Tires that are properly inflated are able to handle going over a pothole better than those that are under inflated or over inflated.
If you see a pothole, remember to slow down. This will lessen the impact if you cannot avoid the pothole. Slamming on the brakes to avoid the pothole could mean that you get a rear end collision or do more damage to the suspension of the vehicle. If you notice the vehicle in front of you swerve or pull to one side, it could indicate a pothole. It might also mean there is an object in the road that should be avoided.
If you see standing water, it will be hard to determine if it is a shallow puddle, or in fact a pothole. It is always best to drive around them, but if you have to drive through it, make sure to slow down. If you do hit a pothole, it is important to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle and tires for any sign of damage. Having the issue fixed at the first sign can help prevent further issues in the future when you drive.