Potholes - The first sign of Spring!


Finally, spring is approaching! With warmer weather ahead come changing road conditions- and unfortunately potholes. Southwestern Ontario is amongst the worst in the country as the temperatures between seasons are so dramatically different. Windsor Ontario is no exeption!

Potholes can very easily damage a vehicle; here are some tips to help prevent harm and keep your car running at its best.

Give your car a tune up: After such a long winter, it deserves it!

Tires are extremely important: Ensure they are inflated to standards suggested by the manufacturer- this reduces the impact between the structure of the vehicle and the road. 

Be cautious and keep your distance: Follow the speed limit; accidents caused by potholes can be prevented simply by leaving enough space between yours and the car in front to ensure enough time to react.

Be aware of weather conditions: Rainy spring days can fill potholes and make them look like common puddles- avoid driving through them, if your tire slams into one it can badly damage your vehicle.

Sometimes accidents still happen- Here’s how to assess the Damage…

Inspect the tires: After hitting a pothole, you should look over the tires. If there are any changes in tire pressure or any damage to the sides, the vehicle should be taken in for maintenance- a new tire may be necessary.

Examine the wheels: Detecting a bend in the wheel can be quite difficult. Listen closely for new sounds, draw your attention to the possibility that something may be shaking or wobbling. Note any new signs of rust.

Check the alignment: If the vehicle is pulling to either side after hitting a pothole, then the alignment has been knocked out of place. It is best to have this issue resolved as soon as possible; it could lead to uneven tire wear and poor gas mileage.

The best way to avoid damage to a vehicle is by taking the necessary precautions to prevent an accident from occurring. Sometimes, things happen that are beyond our control and the best we can do is be aware of what to look out for in order to maintain the vehicle to assure longevity.

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