Potholes are the enemy of our car’s tires and rims! Nancy explains the damage that can be caused and provides 4 tips to avoid hitting potholes!
What damage can a pothole possibly do to your vehicle? Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. Unfortunately, those pesky potholes, which sometimes we know are unavoidable, can do costly damage to your vehicle.
It’s not uncommon to end up needing a new tire replaced because you develop a bubble in the side wall from that pothole. Don’t be surprised if your steering wheel is no longer centered after hitting the pothole.
Hopefully, no damage was done to your suspension. Remember if your steering is off centered, hopefully a wheel alignment will correct that. After hitting the pothole, do you now have shaking in the steering wheel or is the whole vehicle shaking? This could be from a bent rim. You could also damage shocks and struts from the pothole.
Now, some tips to remember to help minimize the damage from these potholes is always have your tires properly inflated. This helps with absorbing the impact caused by the pothole.
Defensive driving and avoiding the potholes, well, they’re obvious, but they’re the best results you will get. Along with noticing if the vehicle in front of you avoids hitting a pothole, you can determine your reaction so keep a safe distance.
If it’s an inevitable that you hit that pothole, stay firm on holding the steering wheel. Take your foot off the gas and try not to break. Maintaining control is the key.
Thank you for watching and check out a new video every Wednesday at 12:30. If you find your vehicle develops any of these problems from hitting a pothole, feel free to schedule an appointment through our website or call us at (609) 625-3286. Remember, try to avoid those many potholes we encounter.