Chevro­let of­fers pot­hole sur­vival tips

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS -

Now that spring is in full swing, icy roads are a thing of the past, leav­ing be­hind pot­hole filled roads that can dam­age your ve­hi­cle and cost you money.

While rough road con­di­tions seem un­avoid­able this time of year, Chevro­let en­gi­neers have de­vel­oped the fol­low­ing tips and tricks to help you and your car sur­vive pot­hole sea­son.

1. 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 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 as if your car is mak­ing noises, pulling in one di­rec­tion or op­er­at­ing ir­reg­u­larly be sure to take it into a pro­fes­sional to be as­sessed.

6. Help your fel­low drivers:

Re­port any potholes to your city, county or state trans­porta­tion author­i­ties. In some cases, you may be able to re­ceive re­im­burse­ment for re­pair costs.

7. 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.

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