Welcome to March in the Midwest. Melting snow coupled with warmer temperature and traffic is going to mean potholes. The areas most prone to them include roads with poor drainage (like dips in the road and areas under viaducts,) and heavily trafficked streets.
AAA estimates pothole damage can cost drivers upwards of $3 billion per year. So, what can you do to prevent total tire failure? Wickstrom Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM has the answers.
First, have your tires looked at. If you’ve still got your winter tires on, it’s well past time you swapped them out for a set of all-weather or summer tires. You also want to make sure they have adequate tread.
Checking for proper tire pressure is arguably the most important (and most basic) piece of preventative vehicle maintenance against potholes. Low tire pressure can cause car damage even on a good day. When you find yourself going full-speed over a pothole, it’s critical.
That being said, it’s best to avoid potholes entirely. However, remain conscious of other drivers when doing so. It may seem basic, but always use your turn signal if you’re going to change lanes and know what’s going on around you. Vehicles like the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica that have a Blind Spot Monitoring System are extremely helpful here, as the system will assist in keeping an eye out for traffic in your peripheral vision.
If you absolutely cannot avoid going over a pothole, slow down and go straight through. Going full speed can cause issues with tires, suspension, and more.
And if the worst happens and you do end up with pothole-related damage, come on down to Wickstrom Chrysler. We’re here to assist with any of your car care needs! Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.