fire pixel id 5790547f 4241 4d32 af8b 454f733c54b9 type sitevisit subtype  page visit1

Why You Should Avoid Potholes


Potholes can be a common sight on roads, especially during the winter and summer months when freezing and thawing of water beneath the pavement causes cracks to form. While they may seem harmless and unavoidable at times, it is essential to understand the potential dangers they pose and why it is crucial to avoid them whenever possible. 


Tire & Wheel Damage:

One of the primary reasons you should avoid potholes is the potential damage they can cause to your tires and wheels. Potholes with rough edges can compress the tire, leading to unever wear and reduced lifespan. Deep potholes can scratch the rim, bend, and crack the wheels, puncture your tire, and even cause blowouts. The cost of repairing or replacing damaged tires and wheels can be significant, making it wise to steer clear of these road hazards. For more information on different types of tire damage, check out our blog post CLICK HERE.

Steering & Suspension:

In addition to tire and wheel damage, hitting potholes can also have severe implications for your vehicle's suspension. The repeated jolting motion of driving over potholes can accelerate the rate of normal wear and tear on your steering and suspension components. This increased stress can lead to misalignment, broken ball joints, damaged shocks, and other costly repairs. By avoiding potholes, you are protecting your vehicle's suspension system and saving yourself from expensive repairs down the road. For more information on wheel alignments and how to know if your vehicle is misaligned, check out this blog post CLICK HERE.

Exhaust & Undercarriage:

Surprisingly, potholes can also impact your vehicle's exhaust system. If a pothole is deep enough, it can scratch, bend, or even break your exhaust pipes. This damage can lead to exhaust leaks, reduced engine performance, and increased emissions. It is important to remember that your vehicle's undercarriage can also take a beating from potholes, even though it may seem like it's out of the "danger" zone. By avoiding potholes altogether, you are diminishing the risk of these potential damage to your exhaust and undercarriage.

How can I avoid potholes?

To avoid potholes, there are a few steps you can take. 

  • Step 1: Drive Slower! Maybe not as fun, but driving slower allows you more time to react and avoid potholes. It also reduces the impact of hitting them at higher speeds. 
  • Step 2: Pay Attention! Sort of no-brainer, but paying more attention to the condition of the road you are on can help you anticipate potholes and navigate around them. Leaving more room between you and other drivers gives you greater flexibility to maneuver safely if you encounter a pothole unexpectedly. Remember, in rainy or snowy conditions potholes or other road hazards are note always easy to identify.
  • Step 3: Be Prepared! Veering around potholes safely without abruptly changing lanes or putting other drivers at risk is extremely important. Be sure to watch your surroundings before veering over too far on the road. Cross-traffic alert systems and blind spot monitoring systems are helpful, but don't miss shoulder checking and your mirrors, including the rear-view mirror.

Avoiding potholes on the road is essential to prevent tire and wheel damage, suspension issues, and potential exhaust and undercarriage damage. Taking proactive measures to steer clear of these road hazards can help you protect your vehicle, reduce the risk of costly repairs, and ensure a safer driving experience. So, next time you encounter a pothole, exercise caution, and prioritize avoiding it for the sake of your vehicle's health and you own peace of mind. If you happen to hit a pothole and feel like it has caused damage to your vehicle, it is essential to get it checked promptly. Look out for new noises that were not there before or if your vehicle is pulling to the right or left. Visiting a trusted automotive service centre, such as Quick Lane, can help you assess any potential damages and perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Book with our knowledgeable and helpful team today. 

Schedule an Appointment

ajax loader2
A few more questions
  1. What is your preferred method of contact?
  2. Lacombe Ford
    IMPORTANT: You can easily remove your consent at any time!