Potholes Can Be More Dangerous Than You Think


Potholes are an annoyance that every driver knows all too well. Typically, potholes on southern roads aren’t as large or deep as those in much colder climates, but they can still form or be significantly worsened here by just a few cold, wet mornings. Water fills cracks on the road surface and freezes with cooling temperatures, forming ice that expands and forces the damaged pavement apart. If you’re lucky enough to live an area with well-maintained roads, you might not know just how much damage even a single pothole can cause for your vehicle.

If you hit an especially deep pothole while on the road, you first run the risk of seriously damaging your tires and wheels. This is the primary concern most drivers have when on rough roads, and it’s important to perform a visual inspection of your tires and wheels as soon as you stop driving after tangling with a pothole. If you notice any bulges, bumps, or cuts on your tires, you should plan to have your vehicle inspected soon. Similarly, dented or bent rims can be another easy to spot pothole-caused problem. However, more serious damage created by hitting a pothole isn’t as obvious during a visual inspection.

It’s quite easy for an uneven road to knock your vehicle out of alignment, which can cause problems like the car pulling to one side while driving in a straight path. Wheel alignment is also important for preserving the health of your tires. Uneven tread wear caused by an un-aligned vehicle can mean your tires wear out faster and pose a serious safety hazard during driving. A tire with uneven wear is far more susceptible to a blowout than a well-maintained tire.

Possibly the most severe problem caused by unfilled potholes on our roads is suspension system damage. Symptoms include your vehicle swaying when making normal turns, bouncing excessively on uneven roads, bottoming out on flat city streets, and even loss of control. Because your vehicle’s steering and suspension systems are vital to maintain your safety behind the wheel, these issues should be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.

While many drivers believe that it takes multiple encounters with a pothole to truly damage their vehicles, this simply isn’t true. A large, deep pothole can severely damage the systems that are key to your vehicle’s ability to drive safely. Most manufacturers recommend a suspension check annually, if you live in an area with especially rough roads you should be prepared to have your suspension inspected more often.

In addition, drivers with high-performance, low-slung cars should pay extra attention to how their vehicles behave after hitting a pothole. Because the suspensions in sports cars and the like are so finely tuned for optimum performance, it can be quite easy for a bump in the road to create a more serious problem than it might in a lesser vehicle.

If any of the symptoms mentioned above sound familiar, or if it’s simply time to get your car’s suspension inspected, our team of trained experts is here to help. We’ll have you back on the road and worry-free in no time. Schedule your next appointment today!

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