Watch out – danger lurking!
They seem to come out of nowhere… waiting for you to drive over them. Then they rise up and swallow your vehicle. While this sounds like a plot to a scary movie, this is what it can feel like when you hit a pothole. With over 2.5 million miles of paved roads across our country, this scene is played out countless times each day.
You can feel helpless when you hit a pothole. You try to avoid them at all costs, but sometimes you just have to brace yourself and take on the pothole. To learn more about how potholes form and how you can avoid them, check out this article.
Cars vs potholes
In the battle between cars and potholes, unfortunately the pothole usually wins. From damaged tires to alignment issues, these roadway nuisances can do a number on your vehicle and your pocketbook. Let’s take a closer look at the areas of your car commonly damaged by potholes.
Suspension system – Damaged/bent or broken suspension components, premature wear of shocks and struts
Exhaust system – Noise due to holes
Wheel rims – Bent rims
Tires – Flat tires, uneven tire wear and weakened belts and cords
Alignment – Pulling to one side
Signs of pothole damage
Your car can give you signs that it has suffered pothole damage. If you have hit a pothole particularly hard, you will want to be on the lookout for these issues: