NAPA AutoCare Centers of Dekalb County

KNOW HOW on Potholes

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After thinking the parts under your car might have fallen out because a pothole caused you to “bottom out,” the worrisome questions begin flowing into your head. How did I not see that pothole? I was going slowly, how did this still happen? How do I know if I need to get my car checked out? Check out the KNOW HOW tips and signs below on avoiding potholes and spotting damages caused by potholes.

AVOIDING POTHOLES

KNOW HOW TIP #1: LEAVE EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR IN FRONT

Extra space helps you to spot the potholes that could be hidden by the car in front of you and helps you avoid them before it is too late.

KNOW HOW TIP #2: MAKE SURE YOUR TIRES ARE PROPERLY INFLATED

Proper inflation is in your car’s Owner’s Manuel. Under-inflation or over-inflation of tires is more likely to cause damages to your car if you hit a pothole.

KNOW HOW TIP #3: SLOW DOWN – DO NOT BREAK ENTIRELY

Slow your speed, but do not break too much or directly over the pothole. This will give you more time to react to the pothole.

KNOW HOW TIP #4: AVOID PUDDLES

Avoiding puddles can help avoid potholes because potholes usually hide under the puddles.

SIGNS OF POTHOLE DAMAGE

KNOW HOW SIGN #1: WEIRD NOISES OR FLAT TIRE

If you hit a pothole and start hearing weird noises something within the exhaust system could be damaged and needs to be inspected. If it causes you to get a flat tire, do NOT drive on it. This can cause more damage to your wheel and the rim.

If your tires take a beating or you are in need of an inspection, visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center.

KNOW HOW SIGN #2: STEERING WHEEL SHAKES OR CAR PULLS TO ONE SIDE

If your steering wheel vibrates or shakes it could mean that there is damage to your rim or tire causing wheel balance issues, which can be fixed with realignment. If your car is drifting or leading you to one side this is a sign of an alignment problem.

Visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center if you are in need of realignment.

KNOW HOW SIGN #3: DO NOT WAIT TO GET IT CHECKED OUT

You know how your car drives. If it feels any different or does not handle the way it usually doe get it checked out at your local NAPA AutoCare Center. Waiting to get it checked out could cause worsen and more extensive damages over time.