If there are a lot of potholes where you drive each day, you need to be careful as these potholes could cause damage to your car. The bigger and deeper the pothole is the more damage it can cause. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent your car from being damaged, two of which are listed below.
Check the Car's Suspension
Take your car to an auto repair shop and have the suspension checked. This is especially true if your car is older. The mechanic can check the shock absorbers and struts, as well as other parts to make sure everything is working well.
Some signs that your car is having suspension problems are your steering wheel vibrating while you are driving or you just may notice your car handles differently than it normally has in the past. You may feel your car pulls to one side while you are driving and you may feel every bump that you go over while driving much more than you normally do. If you have uneven tread on your tires this indicates you are having problems with the suspension. This is because bad suspension puts more weight on some tires and less weight on others.
Check Your Car Tires
Your tires should be in good shape in order to handle a pothole without damaging the tires. One of the most important things is to make sure you have enough air in your tires. This is because if a car has enough air this makes it much easier for the tire to bounce out of a pothole. With tires that do not have enough air, when they hit a pothole the tires get stuck longer which will cause damage.
Bad tires going over potholes can cause damage to the suspension on your car. You will also cause damage to the actual tires. This is especially true for the front tires that hit the pothole first. Refer to the owner's manual for your car. This will show you the proper tire size and inflation for the tires you use on your car. If you have old tires, now would be a good time to replace them. Having tires with little or no treads could blow out much faster if you hit a pothole hard enough.
Talk with a mechanic at an auto repair shop and they can give you much more information about preventing damage to your car due to potholes.