Potholes can sometimes be challenging to catch and can sneak up on you at any second. The scary thing is - they're all around I-66, Chantilly, VA, everywhere! Potholes can be hazardous for your automobile. You may sometimes suffer from more than just a bump in the road, but the pothole can damage your car's suspension, steering, and wheel alignment. You can avoid the damage and scares of potholes by following a few simple tips.
Top Tips on How to Prevent Pothole Damage
- Leave extra space between your car and other vehicles. If you're traveling bumper to bumper, you won't be able to spot any potholes, let alone have time to react. According to basic driver's ed principles, you should always leave at least three seconds of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Maintaining a sufficient amount of room between cars will not only help you see the road gashes, but it can also prevent you from being in a bumper-to-bumper accident.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Over-inflated or under-inflated wheels will make your wheels susceptible to damage, especially from potholes. To determine how much pressure or psi your wheels need, you can refer to your owner's manual or the sticker on the driver's door frame for the exam numbers. We highly suggest that you invest in a tire gauge to carry around and measure from time to time. If you're uncertain about measuring your tire pressure, feel free to reach out to our technicians for assistance.
- Don't speed. The slower you drive, especially on a path full of potholes, the more responsive you can be.
- Avoid running into puddles. Puddles of water can be deceiving and lead you to a deeper pothole than you think. You should proceed over them with extra caution or avoid puddles altogether if possible.
If you believe you've taken a heavy hit from pothole damage, please give us a call or visit us at Foreign Auto Services, Inc.