Ottawa, Ontario – As spring temperatures rise, there is probably a pothole out there with your name on it, warns Be Car Care Aware Canada. Cold temperatures, snow and rainfall create the perfect storm for the dreaded “perils of potholes” season.
Hitting a pothole can damage a vehicle’s tires, wheels, steering, suspension, alignment and more. Be Car Care Aware recommends having the vehicle inspected by a technician if any of the following are noticed:
– Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets, or bouncing excessively on rough roads. These are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged.
– Pulling in one direction or uneven tire wear.
– Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the rim. These problems will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the car and the road.
Be Car Care Aware Canada also recommends the following to prevent or reduce pothole damage:
– Maintain full air pressure in all tires, to provide as much cushion as possible between the pothole and the tire rim.
– Watch for potholes by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Check surrounding traffic before swerving around a pothole.
– If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down. Do not brake when directly over a pothole, as this will cause the car’s weight to shift to the front and can increase damage from the impact.
– When driving over a pothole-filled road, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.