April 6, 2006

Ford offers tips on avoiding pothole damage

Detroit, Michigan – With the Spring thaw comes pothole season, and these sudden drops in the pavement can cause serious damage to tires, wheels and suspensions. To help avoid serious damage, the Ford Motor Company offers these tips:

  • Pay attention to tire pressure. Keeping tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommendation will help protect your vehicle’s wheels and tires from being damaged by potholes. Tire pressure varies from vehicle to vehicle and from season to season.
  • If safe, don’t swerve to avoid potholes. Swerving can create a situation where the front wheel and tire on the car can hit the edge of the pothole at an obtuse angle, which might do more damage than hitting it squarely.
  • If safe, don’t brake for a pothole. Heavy braking compresses the front suspension of the car and will have a tendency to force the tire and wheel down fully into the pothole, potentially causing greater damage.
  • Reduce speed if you feel a sudden vibration or ride disturbance. If you can’t avoid the pothole and suspect your tire or vehicle has been damaged from it, immediately reduce your speed. Drive with caution until you can safely pull off the road to check for damage.

    If you do get a flat, drive slowly to the closest safe area out of the way of traffic. While this may further damage the tire, it is not as important as your safety.

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