Potholes and rough roads take a big toll on vehicles. Especially the steering and suspension components. Hitting curbs, railroad tracks, or speed bumps can all cause damage. Potholes form when moisture seeps through small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to thawing and freezing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually chunks out, creating in a pothole.

Proper inflation

There are some tips to help reduce the damage a pothole might cause. The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated by checking the doorjamb or owner’s manual, not the psi listed on the tire.

Be aware of the road

Also remember to be aware of the road. Make a point of checking the road ahead for potholes. An alert driver may have time to avoid potholes, so it’s important to stay focused on the road. This can also help be aware of any debris or object that could be in the middle of the road.

Try to avoid it

If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely being sure to check the rearview mirror before any abrupt braking. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels and suspension components. A puddle of water can disguise a deep pothole. Use care when driving through puddles. It is best to assume they may be hiding potholes.

Hitting potholes cause damage

A hard pothole impact can dislodge wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension components. Make sure struts and shock absorbers are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate bad shocks or struts. Have the suspension inspected by a certified technician if you suspect problems. If you hit a pothole, you can knock the wheels out of alignment. It can also affect the steering. If a vehicle pulls to the left or right, have the wheel alignment checked by us to ensure that everything is working efficiently and is aligned properly.