Navigating Potholes

Motor City Car Guy

Spring has sprung, and the potholes are popping up all over the place.

Potholes are an unpleasant part of spring and can result in costly damage to your vehicle and tires.

The experts at Automotive Fleet offer tips to help you avoid pricey repairs to your car due to damage caused by potholes.

To begin with, you should make sure your tires are properly inflated so that they can handle the impact of hitting a pothole.

When driving, look ahead at the road and beware of puddles. Puddles can often disguise a pothole hiding under what looks like a harmless pool of water. Don't be fooled!

It also helps to leave more space between your vehicle and the car in front of you so that you can see the condition of the road coming up.

If you know that the road you are driving on is prone to potholes, drive slower so that you can react when you see the pothole and hopefully maneuver to avoid it.

If you can't avoid a pothole, the experts recommend that you apply the brakes before you reach the pothole—not while you are in the pothole.

Slamming on the brakes while driving through a pothole can cause your vehicle's front end to nosedive and grind the front wheels into the hole. You don't want that to happen.

Instead, if possible, slow down before the pothole and ride through it. Make sure that you firmly grip the steering wheel to maintain control of your car.

Those are some pointers from the experts.

Until next time, drive carefully and stay safe out there.

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