Your Guide to Potholes: Driving Safety Tips


The creation of potholesalloy-wheels

During winter the roads can become quite hazardous and even more so when lack of maintenance allows for pot holes to develop. Pot holes seem to become an increasing common occurrence on British roads and it affects both the performance of our car and components such as bodywork and tyres (especially alloy wheels).

Potholes develop due to the freezing and thawing of water under extreme temperatures. Water that creeps underneath the pavement weakens the road and causes large cracks to form. With the continual use of vehicles driving over these cracks and the added pressure of extreme weight its results in the creation of larger holes; therefore a pothole is born.

City Living

Living in the city is wear pothole damage can hit motorists hardest and increase risk to road safety. Here are a few tips for driving safely on the roads where potholes are known.

  • Leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle so you can avoid potholes without getting into an accident.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before you hit it. But don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a particularly deep pothole in hiding.

Potholes can damage your caralloy-wheels

Potholes can cause serious damage to your car no matter what size they are. It doesn’t just effect your tyres or alloy wheels either it can have a large impact on other areas too. Even driving over potholes at low speeds will not always prevent damage. They can cause structural damage to the tyre, punctures and blow outs. Furthermore they may change your steering alignment which can lead to uneven wear and issues when driving.

Signs your car has pothole damage

  • The car pulling toward the left or right, instead of going straight, which could indicate an alignment problem.
  • Uneven tire wear, which could indicate an alignment problem.
  • Low tire pressure.
  • Bulges or blisters on the tire sidewalls.
  • Dents in the wheel rims.
  • Loss of control, swaying when making turns, bouncing excessively on rough roads, or bottoming out on city streets, which could indicate problems with the steering or suspension.

Our Thoughts

With winter bringing harsher driving and road conditions your cars maintenance and protection is important. Potholes can be quite destructive on your car especially to your alloy wheels. As a specialist in alloy wheel repair we recommend that you keep your tyres and alloy wheels in good shape over the winter period. If you notice any sign of wear or damage then call upon a professional to take a look and advise you as to the best possible solutions.

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