Avoid Damaging Potholes!
Hitting a pothole can puncture your tire or bend or crack your wheel. It can damage your tire’s sidewall or belts. Even a smallish impact may knock your vehicle out of alignment.
The potential problems can go beyond your wheel-tire assembly. A pothole strike can result in broken shocks or struts, dents or cracks in the body, or harm to other suspension or engine parts.
It’s important to get your vehicle checked after a harsh encounter with a pothole — or any debris — on the road. Some damage will be obvious, like a flat tire, while some may not be visible. Get your car in for a look-see right away, especially if you notice these indicators:
- A tire looks low. This could be a slow leak from a bent rim.
- You see a bulge on the tire sidewall, a sign the tightly packed cords of steel belts and nylon in the tread have separated.
- Your car pulls to the left or right when you’re driving straight. Your wheels are probably out of alignment.
- You feel a vibration in the steering, seat or floor, a symptom of imbalanced tires. See more here.
The most important safe driving tip we can give you to help avoid pothole damage is to leave space in between cars and pay attention to the road.
Did you know that pothole damage accounts for nearly half a million insurance claims every year? In fact, potholes have become so abundant in America’s aging infrastructure that over 240,000 have been repaired in New York City this winter maintenance season alone.
7 ways to avoid springtime potholes
1. Utilize the Waze app
Modern technology has made avoiding serious potholes a thing of the past. Use Waze to check your route before you get in the car since serious potholes might’ve already been reported in your area. The ahead-of-time warning should give you ample notice before encountering a serious mess on the road. And if you just encountered one that hasn’t been reported yet, do your community a favor and report it yourself.
2. Slow down
If steering clear isn’t your safest alternative, try to slow down as much as possible before the moment of impact — hitting potholes at a slower speed could greatly reduce damage to your tires, wheels, alignment, and suspension. Be sure to check your rearview mirror before any abrupt braking, though. A fender bender could be more expensive to fix than pothole damage. Check more here.
The best way to prevent the destruction caused by potholes is to avoid hitting them, but that’s not always possible. and there are a number of easy-to-implement strategies that can help you limit the vehicle damage that can occur when you hit one
If you’ve ever hit a bad pothole—and who hasn’t?—you’ve probably wondered if any damage to your car would be covered by your auto insurance policy. Turns out, you might be able to use your collision coverage to pay for that damage…but you might not want to.
First, understand that most policies will only cover pothole damage to the vehicle itself—such as the wheel, bumper or fender—and not damage just to the tires. You also need to consider how the amount of the damage compares to the deductible you would have to pay under collision coverage, which typically ranges from $250 to $1,000. If the damage to your car is less than your deductible, you might want to just pay for the damage yourself and avoid the claim process altogether.
Am I at fault if I hit a pothole I couldn’t avoid?
For collision coverage, fault plays no role in determining whether damage is covered. However, if you strike a pothole that you could or should have otherwise avoided, you might have a claim made against you if someone is injured or property is damaged as a result. That’s why you have liability coverage, which pays claims for injury or property damage that are made against you. (Most states require that drivers carry liability coverage at certain minimum limits.) Read full article here.
Stay Alert, Slow Down, And Keep An Eye Out To Avoid Damaging Potholes
It also about avoids damaging potholes when mid-season thaws cause the road to crumble beneath your tires. Damaged wheels and tires do not only leave motorists stranded at the side of the road, they can also leave their wallets empty. Pay special attention to your tire pressure avoid damaging potholes and keeping tire pressure consistently at the manufacturer’s recommendation will help protect your vehicle’s wheels and tires from being damaged from pothole impacts.
If safe, don’t swerve to avoid damaging potholes. Swerving can create a situation where the front wheel and tire on the car can impact the edge of the pothole at an obtuse angle, which might do more damage than hitting it squarely.No matter how carefully you drive there’s always the possibility that you may eventually have a flat tire on the highway. If you cannot detect a cause, have the vehicle towed to the nearest repair facility or tire dealer to have the vehicle inspected or call us here: (951) 245-8115.