The ice has melted off our roads, but now it’s pothole season. Rough roads and potholes seem unavoidable this time of year, so the best thing you can do is be on the lookout. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re hitting the road this season!
Be prepared — it’s not just for Boy Scouts. You can prevent quite a bit of trouble just by making sure your vehicle’s in good shape. Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly so that it stays at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to your tires. If your tires are overinflated, they’re actually more susceptible to pothole damage than tires at the recommended pressure.
Likewise, under-inflated tires can rupture if they hit a pothole. Maintaining the right pressure can save you from a lot of potential damage. Make sure your car’s jack and lug wrench are in the car, too. If your tires are damaged, you’ll need to be able to swap the spare you can be on your way. While you’re at it, make sure that even your spare tire has the right tire pressure. The spare tire is often overlooked, but it’s important that you have a road-ready spare in case of especially vicious potholes.
Once you’re all set to hit the road, keep a sharp eye out for potholes. The best way to avoid damage to your vehicle is to avoid those potholes altogether. Be aware of your surroundings on the road, and avoid potholes when you can safely do so. If you’re surrounded by other cars, it’s not a good time to try evasive maneuvers. However, you can still slow down to avoid a lot of potential damage. Hitting a pothole at high speed increases the likelihood that it will damage your car, so slow down and save yourself a trip to the mechanic. Be aware that water puddles often hide deep potholes. It’s often impossible to see how deep water puddles are on the road, so your safest bet is to avoid them entirely. Again, if you can’t possibly go around the puddle, take it slow.
If you do hit a pothole tire-first at high speed, you’ll want to check your car for damage as soon as possible. Potholes can do more than rupture the tires — they can damage the tire rims, the exhaust system, the wheel alignment, and more. If you notice that your car is making noises, pulling in one direction, or somehow operating irregularly, make sure to take it to a professional. Be aware of how your car looks and feels after hitting a pothole, because driving a damaged vehicle may lead to even more expensive damage down the road.
Finally, you can help your fellow drivers out by reporting any potholes to your local transportation authorities. Once you let someone know there’s a problem on the road, transportation authorities will fix it. Plus, in some cases you might be able to get a reimbursement for your car’s repair cost. Now that the ice on the roads has melted, it’s important to repair the damage it caused so we can have smooth roads this summer! (Remember that texting or conducting web searches while driving is illegal. If you need to, make a mental note of where those potholes are and make your report when you arrive at your destination.)
Pothole Damage Repair Available In Forest Lake, MN
If you do have a bad run-in with a pothole, you might need to bring your vehicle in for service. Check out our current service coupons — you can often find a pothole repair special that includes tire rotation, wheel balance, and wheel alignment at a great discount. Our service team is super friendly and efficient. They’ll take great care of your vehicle and get you back on the road in no time. You can drop in or schedule an appointment here on our website. Don’t wait to fix pothole damage this season! Bring your car to our expert team here in Forest Lake, MN and get back on the road in top shape! We’re right by North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake.
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