Potholes and Vehicle Damage

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.

Full car in a deep pothole.What parts of our vehicle can be damaged by hitting a pothole?

  • Tires, potential puncture, damage or wear
  • Wheel rim damage
  • Shocks & Struts
  • Suspension
  • Steering alignment
  • Exhaust system
  • Engine damage

Have your vehicle inspected if you think you have damage from hitting a pothole.

The collision coverage on your auto insurance policy will usually cover damage to your vehicle due to a pothole.  Call your agent to get exact coverage information.

By: Christine Gaffron, Insurance Advisors

Sources: Insurance Information Institute
Firestone Complete Auto Care