Greetings, and welcome to the first official Evansville Towing & Roadside blog post! My name is Dan, and I've owned a towing company for a crazy number of years now...meaning, I've collected roadside stories and towing experiences the way that some old ladies collect cats, and as such, I thought I'd add this blog to the website. Why? Two reasons.
Potholes: how to deal
It's hard to imagine someone living in the United States who does not know first-hand what a pothole is. But just to be clear, a pothole is simply a cavity or depression formed on a road surface or highway. Daily traffic wear and tear forms cracks in the pavement, and especially in the Spring months as water seeps into those cracks, the thaw-freeze-thaw cycle causes the water to expand and contract. This gives way to structural failure of the road surface and leads way to the creation of potholes. They pose very real threats to your vehicle (and any lidless Starbucks coffee in your cupholder) as they can wreak havoc on your tires, wheels, and even your suspension. So what's a driver to do?
The best way to avoid pothold damage is through avoidance. Yep, it's that simple. Driving in accordance to the speed limit will give you enough time to avoid running over a pothole. Avoid driving over puddles as they often obscure deep potholes. And take special care when driving at night where spotting a pothole in time is much more of a challenge.
And in those instances where you have cars flanking you on every side so you can't avoid a pothole? Slow down as much as is safely possible and then ease off the brakes right before you hit it - this will help your car to better absorb the impact.
Say you've actually hit a pothole and now your car isn't driving like it used to - maybe the steering wheel is now pulling to one side. Who pays for the damage? The good news is that many insurance plans with collision coverage (which you should have!) will pay for either full or partial coverage for the repairs. Depending on the amount of your deductible, this could be very good news for you! As the Ides of March are upon us, I want to just encourage you to be on the lookout for potholes and save yourself (and your wallet) a potential trip to your mechanic!!!