Dogging potholes: The Midwest’s Spring Pastime
It is that time of year in the Midwest for the dreaded pothole!!! As we finally thaw out from a bitter winter, we now have to switch gears from keeping our vehicles from sliding into ditches and other vehicles, to avoiding that potential vehicle damaging pothole.
Avoiding potholes is obviously the best practice but not always possible. Here are some tips to help prevent damage from potholes:
- Maintain proper tire pressure, this will keep the tire from pushing in towards the rim and damaging it if you do hit a pothole.
- Keep a good distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you so you can identify potholes ahead of time and avoid them.
- In inclement weather reduce your speeds so you have ample time to drive around the potholes.
- Avoid that water! Accumulated water puddles in the street may be covering a pothole underneath it. The size and depth unknown until you hit it.
- Tires, potential puncture, damage or wear
- Wheel rim damage
- Shocks & Struts
- Steering alignment
- Exhaust system
- Engine damage
Have your vehicle inspected if you think you have damage from hitting a pothole.
By: Christine Gaffron, Insurance Advisors
Sources: Insurance Information Institute
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