The constantly changing temperatures are taking their toll on the roads. As you spend time cruising behind the wheel, you should keep your eyes peeled for potholes. Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid letting potholes disrupt your commute:
Keep your tires properly inflated:
Not only does proper pressure help with overall handling (and safety), a tire that’s inflated to vehicle specifications may also help prevent wheel damage or the jagged edges of a pothole from piercing the side and putting you in harm’s way.
Avoid driving over puddles and swerving on the road:
Though they may seem harmless at first glance, encountering a puddle on the roadway can be a sign of a water-filled pothole. That makes them harder to see, and harder to judge how deep they are. While it might be instinctive to quickly veer away from a puddle or pothole, try not to. Your vehicle could hit the pothole at an odd angle, causing more damage to the tire, wheel rim and alignment. In addition, quick swerving can put you at greater risk for an accident.
Slow down and allow for space:
Reducing your speed is an effective way to decrease the impact of road hazards, or even avoid them entirely. Allowing some space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you can also help you spot potholes in advance, giving you more time to react without slamming on your brakes or swerving.
Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan. If you’ve been slowed down by potholes despite your best intentions, you’re not alone. While stress caused from these inconveniences may be difficult to refund, some states offer drivers a chance to report their incident and – in some cases – receive reimbursement for damage.
Be sure to check your wheels and tires for signs of damage after running over a pothole, even if you don’t get a flat. Your vehicle can get thrown out of alignment, which can have negative long-term effects on your tires. If you’re not sure if your car is misaligned, stop by your local Tire Discounters store and we’ll check it out for you for free.
Don’t let potholes ruin your day! Hopefully these tips will help you stay running smoothly and flat-tire-free.