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Driving Safety Tips for Handling Potholes

01.06.2017

A knowledge sharing bulletin from Chevron on a few driving safety tips for handling potholes.

Tips:

  • Properly inflated tyres hold up better against potholes than tyres that have too much or too little air.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before you hit it. But don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
  • When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a pothole in hiding.

Some symptoms of pothole damage:

  • Bulges or blisters on the tyre sidewalls.
  • Dents in the wheel rims.
  • Undercarriage damage, including fluid leaks and wear that could lead to rust.
  • Odd noises coming from the exhaust system due to dents or punctures.
  • The car pulling toward the left or right, instead of going straight, which could indicate an alignment problem.
  • Uneven tyre wear, which could indicate an alignment problem.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take your car to a repair facility to have it checked for damage by a professional.

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