When the weather becomes warmer out, you may start to notice more potholes in the road. Potholes are formed when water goes into the ground. Once there, the cold temperatures cause it to freeze, which also results in expansion that shifts the pavement around. Later on, the combination of the thawing water and vehicles running over the spot result in the pavement being pushed down into the hole caused by the freezing and thawing, thus forming a pothole.
While there are some potholes you can see easily and miss, there are many others that are lurking in areas you are not able to see. When spring arrives beware of puddles. Even if you are driving on roads that do not have them often, potholes can hide quite nicely in puddles, resulting in that jarring, and potentially damaging, hit when your wheel finds one. The best way to avoid this is to drive a bit more cautiously and pay attention.
While it is best to go over potholes slowly, you should avoid braking right before you hit one. This will likely cause your vehicle to nosedive right as you hit it, which can increase the amount of damage that can occur. You should also make sure to let off of your brakes right before your tire comes in contact with the hole as well. This will help your vehicle absorb more of the blow, rather than the brunt being solely on the tire and brake.
If you hit a pothole, check for damage as soon as possible. A bent rim or damage to the tire can happen without you being aware of it. Additionally, if you notice your vehicle is pulling to one direction or the other right after, you have likely damaged the suspension. Make sure to bring it in, and we can check the issue. Ignoring the problem will only lead to further damage on the vehicle. By having the vehicle inspected, you can get back to an enjoyable driving experience.