Winter finally decided to make its presence known in the Central Ohio area. The time when our beloved Chevrolets have a thin coat of salt on them and the morning commute takes a few minutes longer. Other than the obvious safety precautions you should take in the wintertime, we wanted to share a little advice on the new potholes that are going to be popping up in your daily travels.
You drive the same roads to and from work everyday, so you know where the usual bumps, manholes and potholes are from having to swerve around them all the time. The winter can be a little tricky though! In my case, I was coming home from work and, out of nowhere, hit a massive pothole that was covered by snow. With the sound my car made when it hit the pothole, I had a hunch I would have a flat tire very quickly. Sure enough, I did. I also ended up with a bent rim! There was not much I could do to avoid this pothole encounter, but the Jack Maxton Service Department wants to give you a little advice to avoid them as much as possible.
1. Make sure you are paying attention to the vehicles in front of you. If you see them hit a pothole, try to safely swerve to miss it yourself. Like me, some will end up with a flat tire. Be cautious of the car in front of you that hit the hole, as they may end up with a blown-out tire. Also, watch the overall traffic flow. If you find that everyone in front of you is making an unexpected detour, take notice. They may be swerving to avoiding a pothole in the road.
2. Make mental notes. As you drive back on forth on roads frequently traveled, make a mental note of the potholes. Sometimes, the city does a quick patch job. At best, the patch lasts a couple weeks. As it snows and becomes icy, the asphalt patch will began to chip away.
3. Beware of puddles. As the snow starts to melt the innocent puddle ahead is a lot deeper than you may think. Slow down and try to swerve around it as safely as possible. Hitting a hole at top speed can actually damage your vehicle’s tires, chassis and possibly suspension.
4. Check with your Department of Transportation. Some state websites have a “report-a-pothole” feature. Check with the city’s website before you go on a trip using unknown roads. Although seldom, the city you live in may reimburse you for damage done to your car from a pothole.