Dealing with Potholes

Even the most careful drivers are surprised when they suddenly drive over a pothole. Potholes seem unavoidable and can cause a lot of damage to your car. One study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) found pothole damage costs U.S. drivers $3 billion annually. Over the last five years alone, 16 million drivers have been affected averaging $306 in vehicle repair cost. Damage can affect your tires (puncture, damage, or wear), wheel rims, shocks and struts, suspension, steering, exhaust, and engine. Some of this damage won’t show signs until the vehicle is inspected.

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Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your vehicle from pothole damage:

  • Keep your eyes on the road: Road signs will sometimes warn drivers of potential risks but it is important to always stay alert and ready to escape hazards. Also be aware that after rain or snow potholes can be harder to see.
  • Slow down: If you do drive over a pothole, your vehicle will receive less damage at a lower speed.
  • Give it space: Keeping space between you and the car in front of you ensures you’ll have time to react to the pothole and avoid slamming on your brakes. Breaking through a pothole can cause tire damage and puts stress on the front suspension.
  • Check the pressure: Keeping tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended settings helps prevent damage from potholes. After hitting a pothole, it is important to check the tires for damage or deflation. Learn more about tires here.
  • Keep on the straight and narrow: Make sure your car alignment is correct by getting your vehicle inspected regularly. Signs of alignment issues could be the car steering wheel pulling to an angle.
  • Upgrade your vehicle: The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport has an advanced computer-controlled shock absorber system which reduces the impact of potholes. 12 high-resolution sensors adjust dampers in order to keep your car from dropping and striking the pothole sides harshly. Stay tuned to see what other vehicles come equipped with this technology!

 Westway Ford’s Quick Lane can provide a free alignment quick check without an appointment. To further inspect your vehicle, please make an appointment with our service department. While you wait, enjoy our complimentary Wi-Fi, several TC’s, gourmet coffee bar, and more!

 

Note: If you see a pothole please notify the City of Irving at this hotline: (972) 721-7303. This hotline allows residents to notify the city so the staff can address them within 24 business hours. 

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