Most of us are well aware of the damage potholes can cause your vehicle, even if you are fortunate enough to avoid them partially. Sure, some of the damage will be clearly visible but more often than not drivers are not able to spot the wear and tear caused by potholes. Some people even need to take a while to realize that their car is not running as well as it used to before.
Generally, there are two main factors that affect the severity of wear and tear potholes cause to your vehicle:
– The Depth of the pothole
– Your speed when you hit the pothole
If you aren’t familiar with potholes, you may be wondering how much damage they can cause. Well, that is precisely what we will be discussing in this piece.
Pothole Damage – What You Need to Know
Tires Damage from Potholes
Your tires are arguably the most vulnerable component of your vehicle. Punctures, tread separation and sidewall bulge are common problems that occur because of excessive pothole strikes. Some drivers also encounter an excessive amount of wear and tear as paved roads tend to knock their alignment out of position.
What to Do If your Tires are Damaged by Potholes?
If your tires have too much wear and tear, make sure you keep an eye out for the situation. In case there is too much damage, waste no time in getting in touch with a reputable auto repair service to fix the problem right away. In most cases, the experts will replace your tires and advise you to be extra cautious when driving around pothole-riddled areas.
You should also check your rims to see whether they are dented. If yes, consider replacing them as not doing so could make matters worse down the line. For those who don’t know, dented rims lead to a poor seal in the middle of the tire and rim.
Can Potholes Damage Suspension and Steering
Contrary to popular belief, potholes affect more than just your car’s tires. Once you drive over one, the shock enters your tires and travels through the suspension and steering system (control arms, tie rod ends, springs, shock absorbers etc).
Excessive jolts caused by potholes can significantly accelerate your suspension system and steering’s wear and tear.
Driving slowly, hitting your brakes gently and maintaining a safe distance are some of the things you can do to avoid potholes. However, avoiding these hindrances altogether is next to impossible, which is why it would be best to get your car inspected as soon as you can.