Posted March 21, 2016
They’re out there. Lurking in dark shadows, in puddles, lining every street. Potholes season is here, and it means real danger for your car.
Hitting a potholes means more than just a hard jolt. They can cause flat tires, bend wheels, and break suspension components! All of these things can lead to decreased gas mileage and uneven tire wear – meaning you’ll have to replace them much sooner and spend more money!
What’s the best way to deal with potholes?
Driving more slowly and carefully during pothole season will mean you can better avoid hitting them in the first place. If you don’t notice a pothole until it’s too late, it’s not a good idea to swerve – hitting the pothole at an angle can damage your vehicle more than hitting it straight on. Making sure your tires are properly inflated can reduce the damage caused by potholes.
If you do end up hitting a pothole, it’s best to have your suspension and alignment inspected right away. Bring your vehicle into Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Experts, and our ASE Certified technicians will perform a thorough inspection for your tires and wheels. This will catch problems early on that would otherwise lead to much more expensive repairs.
One final note: since most potholes appear in spring, it’s also a good idea to avoid driving through puddles whenever possible. The water could be concealing a deep, sharp-edged pothole just waiting to damage your car! Also avoid back roads, alleys, and damaged roads when possible. If you’re aware of a pothole on your normal commute, use an alternate route to protect your vehicle.
Have you hit a pothole recently? Give us a call or stop by to have our ASE Certified technicians inspect your tires, wheels and alignment to make sure expensive problems aren’t lurking. Call today at (248) 668-1200 or request an appointment online.