Winter is slowly but surely heading on out, but it’s still leaving evidence of one of the worst winters we’ve had in a long time; potholes. These traps in the middle of the street can leave your car permanently damaged, so read on for some advice from our experts at our used car dealership in St Charles on how to deal with these monstrosities.
Make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will ensure that you can avoid potholes without getting into an accident. If it turns out that you can’t avoid the pothole, slow down before you hit and don’t brake directly over it or else you can cause even more damage.
Save Yourself from the Damage
Another great piece of advice is to hold on to your steering wheel as firmly as possible when driving over the pothole to avoid losing control. Also, make sure you use extreme cautions when driving over a puddle; it may actually be disguised as a really deep pothole that will cause severe damage to your automobile.
Unfortunately, your car may already be a victim of pothole damage. Some signs to look out for include your car pulling to the left or right when trying to go straight, uneven tire wear, low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the tire sidewalls, dents in the wheel rims, loss of control, swaying when making turns, bouncing excessively on rough roads or bottoming out on city streets.
If you notice any of the signs, it may be a smart idea to take your car into a shop and have some experts check it for damage. If you do have end up having to replace your tire due to a pothole, be sure to report it to your city, county or state transportation authorities; in some instances they may reimburse you for repair costs.
For more information on being safe during pothole season, feel free to browse our St Charles used car dealer website or give us a call at 636-542-6400.