It’s that time of year again, folks! No, we’re not just talking about the premiere of the new season of Game of Thrones, we’re talking about spring. At times, it seemed like this past winter would never end, but we made it through to the other side where the grass is (or at least will eventually become) greener. One of the drawbacks of thawing out (yes, we know it sounds silly, but there are indeed a few), is the inevitability of potholes.
Potholes will come in all shapes and sizes, and in some cases, they will be almost entirely unavoidable. So what should you do when you see one of these angry maws approaching on the road ahead of you? We here at Jennings Anderson Ford have some tips to help keep you going.
- Leave yourself plenty of room to see the road ahead. If there is a car too close in front of you, it will be difficult for you to see when a pothole is coming up. What’s worse, if the driver ahead of you reacts too suddenly, it may result in far more damage than that which even the biggest pothole could inflict.
- When the road is wet, consider puddles as good as potholes. Rainwater might make potholes easier to spot, but if you keep your eyes up for any areas where water may be collecting in large puddles, you will better be able to avoid costly damage.
- That old idea that suggests zooming over potholes lessens the potential for damage? Nope. Not true. Speeding up over potholes, if it makes any kind of difference, will likely increase the potential for damage to your car.
- But don’t brake either. Braking over a pothole is the best way to cause considerable (and considerably expensive) damage to your vehicle.
In the instances where you can’t avoid a pothole and drive over it, you will find yourself wondering what damage may have been done. WiseGeek provides some tips for checking out your vehicle on your own, and Allstate provides a handy list of tell-tale signs of pothole damage.
Our advice: bring your ride into Jennings Anderson’s service department for an alignment and a comprehensive inspection to ensure that you stay on the road well through the spring, past summer, and into the foreseeable future.