When water gets into the cracks in concrete and freezes, it expands, weakening the concrete and causing the phenomenon known as potholes. Potholes are one of the worst parts of driving during the winter and can seriously damage your car, so follow these tips on how to avoid pothole damage.
- Increase your following distance. If you’re following too close to the car in front of you, you won’t see a pothole in time to avoid it, so leave plenty of space to give yourself more time.
- Slow down. The faster you hit a big pothole, the more damage it might do to your car, so go slow on roads and highways with lots of potholes.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Your tires are less likely to take significant damage if they’re inflated to the level suggested by the manufacturer.
- Avoid puddles. A puddle in the middle of the road probably means a pothole, and you have no way of knowing how deep it is when it’s filled with water.
- Keep a firm grip on the wheel. If you do hit a pothole, the last thing you want is to lose control of your car, so when you see a pothole you can’t avoid, grip the wheel tightly and make sure you have control of it.
If your car has suffered pothole damage or is in need of routine maintenance, schedule a service appointment at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.