In the spring, potholes can become quite common on the roads. If the vehicle hits a pothole, it can result in some damage. The suspension, alignment, and tires can all be damaged when encountering a pothole. By driving a bit slower, you might be able to avoid a pothole. This is because you will have distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, so you can notice a pothole coming up. It is important to remember not to speed up, as this will only make the damage worse. It is also recommended to avoid large puddles. These puddles can conceal potholes, some of which could be large enough to do severe damage. If you notice that the vehicle pulls in one direction or another after hitting a pothole, it could mean that it is out of alignment. There might also be a feeling of the vehicle bottoming out or having an excessive bounce to it. This could result from a steering and suspension issue that occurred from hitting the pothole. By having the vehicle properly aligned, you can help to improve the handling of the vehicle when you drive.
Make sure to Inspect the Tires
The tires should be inspected on a regular basis. It is also important to check them after hitting a pothole. Make sure to check the amount of air pressure in the tires. This can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. Another spot to find the correct air pressure amount is on a sticker on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. This can help to ensure the tires are inflated to the correct amount for the vehicle. Also do a visual inspect of the tires to make sure there are no cracks or puncture marks. This could cause them to leak air over time. We can also inspect the tires to ensure they are in the best condition possible.
Drive with Caution on the Roads
While driving, make sure to look ahead on the road for any potholes. By noticing them as soon as possible, the can hopefully be avoided. If you have to swerve or change lanes to avoid a pothole, make sure to check the traffic around you. This can help to prevent an accident or collision. If a pothole cannot be avoided, make sure to slow down safely. Do not brake instantly if a vehicle is directly behind you. Hitting a pothole at a slower speed can help to reduce the damage to the suspension, tires, and alignment.
Notice anything unusual from the Vehicle
If you notice anything out of the norm for the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect it for what the issue might be. We can inspect the shock absorbers to ensure they are still in an efficient working condition. If there is a change in the way the vehicle handles, make sure to bring it to our attention. It could indicate that there are bad shocks or struts on the vehicle.