Now that spring is in full swing, icy roads are a thing of the past, leaving behind pothole-filled roads that can damage vehicles. Chevrolet engineers have developed the following tips and tricks to help drivers and their vehicles survive pothole season:
- Look ahead and slow down. Pothole season can do damage, but being alert can help you avoid potholes. Look ahead and scan for potential potholes and avoid them when you can safely do so. If you cannot avoid them, slow down. Hitting a pothole at a higher speed increases the likelihood of damage to your vehicle.
- Watch out for water. Hiding beneath puddles can be even deeper potholes. After rain and snow, it’s best to avoid puddles that pose a risk to more damaging potholes.
- Check your tire pressure. Properly inflating your tires can make a significant difference in avoiding damage caused by potholes. Maintaining the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure is key. If your tire is underinflated, a pothole can cause a rupture. Overinflated tires are also more susceptible to damage from a pothole.
- Check your car for damage. In the event that you do hit a pothole, be sure to check your car immediately for any possible damage. Assessing damages earlier prevents further damage to your car.
- Know what to look for. Potholes can cause more than just tire damage. Damage can also be done to tire rims, exhaust systems, alignment and more. If you feel that your car is making noises, pulling in one direction or operating irregularly, be sure to take it into a professional to be assessed.
- Help your fellow drivers. Report any potholes to your city, county or state transportation authorities. (In some cases, your company may be able to receive reimbursement for repair costs.)
- Be Prepared. Make sure there’s a car jack and a lug wrench in your vehicle and that the spare tire is inflated to its proper pressure in case you need to change a flat.