Vehicle maintenance is vital for having your automobile running at optimum levels and keeping you safe on the road, but sometimes it is the road that is causing damage to your vehicle. Sadly, most of the automobile repairs incurred by potholes are not covered by your vehicle insurance policy.
Potholes are caused due to moisture that collects in cracks (existing holes) in the surface of the road. As temperatures vary, the moisture contracts and expands, and this, as well as the weight of passing vehicles, eventually results in what we know as potholes.
When a deep pothole is hit at low speeds; tires can become damaged, as well as the alignment of the wheels, and the steering column could be jolted out of place. These are considered costly vehicle repairs. If a deep pothole is hit, when traveling at higher speeds, the damage can be much worse; as the risk of losing control of the vehicle increases, as well as the potential for hitting a roadside object or another vehicle.
People injured in an automobile accident resulting from a poorly kept road may be entitled to compensation. Speak with a Patino Law Firm car accident lawyer to discuss your case. You can phone their office at (956) 631-3535 or visit 1802 N 10th St, McAllen, TX 78501.
The American Automobile Association (AAA), which is a nation-wide organization designed specifically for motorists, are offering the following tips, to protect yourself and your vehicle from an encounter with potholes on the road:
- Keep your tires fully inflated, as this will provide as much of a cushion as possible, between the rim of the tire and the pothole. The correct air pressure for your particular vehicle will be found in the owner’s manual.
- Leave enough space between your automobile and the one directly in front, so it will be easier to see potential potholes in the road.
- Prior to swerving to avoid a pothole, check for surrounding and oncoming traffic.
- If avoiding a pothole is not possible, slow your vehicle down, due to the fact that when a pothole is hit at high speed, the damage to the vehicle increases.
- It is advised that when a pothole is hit directly, that you hold the steering wheel firmly, as this will help to keep the vehicle stay in control.
- Do not apply pressure to the brakes when going over a pothole. By hitting the brakes, the weight of the car will shift to the front, and any potential damage to the vehicle may increase from the impact.
- Deep potholes may contain water that was not noticed prior to impact.
To determine if hitting a pothole has caused damage to your automobile, look for these signs:
- Vehicle pulls in one direction. This may be a sign that the wheels are out of alignment.
- Uneven wear on the tires.
- Vehicle is not in control (especially when routine turns are made).
- Excessive bouncing or vibration.
- Tire pressure is low, dents are on the rim or blisters are noticed on the sidewalls of the tires.
- If you start to notice an unusual or new noise from your vehicle after a pothole is hit, it would warrant a visit to a trained and certified automobile mechanic.