As the saying goes, April showers bring May potholes! Here is some advice on getting through the pothole season in one piece.
Good tire pressure
Every spring, have the pressure in your tires checked by a mechanic.
If they’re over-inflated, they could explode on impact.
If they’re under-inflated, they could get stuck in a pothole.
What can I do to limit the damages caused by a pothole?
It’s the size and depth of a pothole, your driving speed and the size of your tires that will determine the potential damages.
A pothole looms up ahead. What can you do to mitigate the damages?
- Slow down and let the wheel steer through the pothole; never slam on the brakes. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the force exerted on the suspension that will most likely damage your vehicle, and not the impact of the tire hitting the pothole.
- As tempting as it may be, don’t swerve to avoid a pothole. Don’t zigzag along the road. This is a dangerous manoeuvre which could cause an accident.
- Hold the wheel firmly to maintain control in and out of the pothole.
In case of impact
What if you were unable to avoid a pothole?
Pay attention to your vehicle’s handling and how it is responding. Does the car pull to one side or is it noisier since? Does it vibrate?
To avoid further complications, have it inspected, from the tire belt to the suspension.
Notifying authorities about a pothole
Many cities and even Transport Canada have set up ways to report a pothole.
Contact your local authorities if and when you see a pothole that could put the lives of drivers in danger.