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Five Driving Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage to Your Car

How To Drive Safely on Pothole-Filled Roads  

Potholes are a fact of life. Every once in a while, we all drive our vehicles on a bad road. These pesky craters on the road may not look all that dangerous, but according to data, Americans spend millions of dollars every year on their car due to damage caused by potholes. Luckily, one can avoid these heavy service bills by practicing some safe driving habits, which we will discuss in this blog from Carstars Auto Sales in Olympia, WA.  

Do Not Drive Over Puddles  

The weather in Washington state is unpredictable. Sometimes it snows, sometimes it rains, and sometimes it’s sunny. But when it rains, bad roads worsen, and puddles become a common sight. These water-logged sections of the road could hide some seriously deep potholes, so it’s best to avoid driving over them. Slow down when you spot and puddle or steer clear of it.   

Driving on Unfamiliar Roads  

You would know roads that we frequent and anticipate a pothole quite naturally. But you wouldn’t be too sure about potholes when driving on unfamiliar roads or long highways. So, the next time you’re driving on a new road, be a little more careful.  

Also read: How to Avoid Car Accidents

Keep a Safe Distance from Vehicles in Front of You  

Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front not only helps avoid the risk of bumping into that vehicle but also allows you enough space and time to spot and react to a pothole if you spot one.   

Image showing a water-filled pothole on a road.
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Driving at Night  

When driving at night-time, ensure your headlights and fog lights are working properly, and try to go easy on the gas pedal. Most pothole-related damage happens during the night because of low visibility and speeding.  

Optimal Tire Pressure  

Ensure that your car’s tires are properly inflated with the recommended tire pressure. Tires are the vehicle’s first point of contact when it hits a pothole and must be well inflated. Tires with low air pressure may make the car bounce off upon impact or take more damage to the rims and suspension. Overinflated tires are also dangerous because they may damage the suspension or steer you off the road upon impact. The trick is to get the correct tire pressure on all four wheels.  

Read More: How to Take Care of Your Car Tires

We hope these tips will help you avoid damage due to potholes. Keep reading our blogs for more car care tips and information. Visit Carstars Auto Sales in Olympia, WA, and Aberdeen, WA, if you’re looking for a quality used car or any vehicle service.