Five Ways to Avoid Pothole Disasters

“Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?” That old chestnut that you may have heard your mom recite is one of the true rites of spring. Drivers may want to add another verse, questioning the locations of the inevitable spring potholes. Although desert drivers don’t have it as bad as people where ice and snow melts create giant craters in the road, an unexpected pothole can do a lot of damage to your car. Chapman Arizona offers the following tips to help avoid high maintenance bills caused by hitting a pothole:

Keep scanning the road. It’s easy to get lost in the music or daydream about what’s for lunch, but constant vigilance is still the best way to avoid potholes. Keep an eye out for water in the roadway. It may just be a wet spot, but it also might be hiding a giant hole in the road.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Keeping your tires up to the recommended pounds per square inch (psi) is an important part of avoiding damage from potholes. The more air you have, the more of a cushion it provides to protect your wheels and suspension from damage. A tire inflation check is just part of an overall inspection provided by your Chapman Arizona dealership.

Get problems looked at early. If you hit a pothole and then notice your car is perhaps pulling to the right, making weird noises or operating irregularly in some other fashion, it’s best to get it checked out before the problem gets worse.

Report potholes to authorities. The road department can’t be everywhere. Help out your fellow drivers and report potholes to the street authority in your city.

Drive defensively. If you see a pothole at the last second, it may be better to take those lumps than to swerve and hit another vehicle. Stay aware of your surroundings at all times and drive defensively. It’s better to throw your car out of alignment than to cause a more serious accident by overreacting.

If you’ve hit a pothole and are concerned about vehicle damage, schedule an appointment with your local Chapman Arizona dealership for a vehicle inspection. While some damage may be readily apparent, such as a flat tire, other things like a minor misalignment might not be as noticeable. Damage to the alignment, suspension and brakes can have long-term consequences that will drive the cost of repair higher than if you take care of the problem early.

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