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How to Avoid & Prevent Pothole Damage to Your Vehicle

Posted Feb 21st, 2018 in Media, General, Insurance Tips, Auto Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

This winter has wreaked havoc on our roads! Potholes are inevitable this time of year and, while we can’t stop them from appearing, there are things you can do to help prevent damage to your vehicle.

How to Avoid & Prevent Pothole Damage to Your Vehicle, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Tips to Avoid & Prevent Pothole Damage

#1 Don’t Swerve 

Swerving to avoid potholes is dangerous because your sudden movement could cause you to hit another vehicle.  Keep your vehicle under control at all times and don’t make any sudden, erratic moves.  

#2 Pay Attention 

After a short freeze and thaw cycle or after rainfall, potholes tend to develop quickly.  Make sure you don’t follow other vehicles too closely so that you can see ahead and avoid speeding.

#3 Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure 

It’s important to keep your tire pressure at the recommended pounds per square inch (PSI) in order to cushion some of the impact, in the event you hit a pothole.  Proper PSI also helps with traction in case you have to make a sudden stop with your vehicle.

#4: Don’t Slam the Brakes

In case hitting a pothole is inevitable, you shouldn’t slam your brakes.  This will force the weight of your vehicle forward and down which will cause even more damage to your vehicle.

We hope these tips will help you to avoid potholes and keep your vehicle clear of any damage they could cause!   It is essential following this winter to try your best to avoid hitting a pothole, all the best!

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