James: Hi, I’m James with S&S Tire in Brannon Crossing. Have you ever hit a pothole? If you have, you know it can be a jolt, especially to your vehicle.
Why are potholes so bad after the wintertime? Well, the freezing and thawing cycle throughout the winter causes the cracks in the road surface to become larger and degrade. When you add salt on top of that, it accelerates the process.
So what happens after you hit the pothole? First, you want to survey the damage. First, you want to look at the tires. You want to look for any busted tread, torn on the sidewall, or even a cut in the tire.
Next, let’s move on to the wheel or the rim of your car. You want to look for any obvious damage to it. Maybe a crack in the wheel, or even a large dent. Bends in the wheel can create either loss of air pressure or severe vibration when actually driving. These things need to be taken care of immediately.
Other signs that the pothole’s caused damage to your vehicle may be alignment issues, such as the steering wheel’s off center or the vehicle pulls left or right. These are all signs that the alignment’s off and needs to be checked.
Hitting a pothole can create a small leak in your tire or your wheel, so it’s always a good idea, after you hit it, to keep an eye on the air inflation in your tires. Also, a good idea for avoiding hitting potholes and the damage it can cause is to keep the air inflation at proper levels in your tires. Reduce your speed if you see a pothole; slower impacts reduce and lessen damage to the vehicle.
What’s the best way to avoid potholes?
Captain Obvious: Don’t hit a pothole.
James: Thanks, Captain Obvious.
I’m James with S&S Tire. That’s your tip from under the hood.
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