Potholes happen everywhere, but if you live in a place that gets very cold temperatures in the winter months, like Central Ohio, potholes are to spring and summer like flowers and green trees are in other parts of the country. They get patched every summer, but cold weather causes the patches to contract, and when things warm up, the patches expand and crack. Constant traffic then causes the cracks to expand and the patch material just sort of disintegrates. So as pothole season is upon us here’s a few tips on dealing with potholes this summer driving season.
Go Around the Big Ones
Driving over potholes everyday can do a number of things to your car. The most common danger is damage to your tires such as flats or sidewall damage. You can also damage the rim of your tire which is much more expensive to replace. The constant jarring can do damage to your suspension or knock out your alignment. You can even do damage to the underside body of your car. Constant driving over potholes makes them bigger, so aside from preventing damage to your car, going around potholes keeps them from getting bigger.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
The first line of defense against potholes is proper tire inflation. Low tire pressure causes bulges or blisters in your tire’s sidewalls and can even sent the wheel. The problems are visible and should be addressed as soon as seen. Proper inflation helps to absorb some of the shock of driving over the potholes
Keep Your Wheels Straight
If you can’t avoid a pothole keep your steering wheel straight. Slow down and drive carefully though the pothole and allow the tire to roll through the hazard. Traveling at full speed or slamming on the brakes can cause even more damage possible leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
Be Aware of Traffic if you have to Evade a Pothole
Before you make any kind of evasive maneuver be aware of what’s around you. Use your mirrors and consider if it’s safer to go around the hole completely or simply straddle it. Don’t get yourself into an accident just to avoid a pothole.
Pothole season is upon us, and with so many people taking summer road trips, the construction crews are running almost constantly to keep up with the problem. You can do your part to avoid damage to your car by following a few simple tips and being mindful of your surroundings.