Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage to Your Vehicle  

How To Avoid Pothole Damage  

Potholes may not seem like a big problem. Still, they can cause serious damage to your vehicle, especially to its tires, suspension, and other chassis components, so much so that according to some reports, Americans spend an average of $3 billion every year on repairs caused by pothole damage. Luckily there are some tips that can help minimize the chances of your car getting damaged due to these pesky road pits, and we’re going to discuss them in this blog from Lexington Toyota in Lexington, MA.  

Avoid Puddles  

Puddles can be a sign of an underlying pothole. When you see a water-logged divot on the road, avoid driving your car too fast over it because there could be a big nasty pothole underneath all the water. 

Take Caution While Driving on Unfamiliar Roads  

You may know roads that you commute on regularly very well and anticipate a pothole to avoid it. However, it’s easy to hit a pothole when traveling over unfamiliar roads, so be more alert and keep your eyes peeled on newer roads.  

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Keep Distance  

Maintaining a safe distance between your car and the car ahead makes it easier to spot potholes on the road. Ensure you maintain at least a 3-second following distance between you and the car in front to avoid potholes.  

Drive Slow at Night  

Bad visibility at nighttime can be a problem when it comes to driving on bad roads. To avoid missing a pothole on the road and bumping into one, drive slowly and be more cautious.   

Also Read: 5 Vehicle Parts Commonly Damaged By Potholes 

Keep Your Car in Top Shape  

Sometimes, you simply cannot avoid a pothole, so it’s essential to keep your car ready for the pothole. Making sure your car’s tires are properly inflated lessens the chance of damage. Underinflated tires can cause damage to your wheels, rims, and suspension. Likewise, overinflated tires may take more impact and damage the suspension. So, it’s crucial to have the correct tire pressure. You may also want to ensure that your shocks and struts are in good condition.   

Read More: Importance of Car Maintenance Before Going on a Long Road Trip

We hope these tips will help prevent your car from getting damaged by pesky potholes. To keep your car in top shape in the Boston area, visit Lexington Toyota in Lexington, MA, or call us today and schedule a service.