10 Tips to Avoid A Pothole Disaster | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

The winter driving season may be coming to an end, but don't get too excited about the warmer weather just yet. You must now deal with the worst season, yet: pothole season.


This is the time of year when we get the wide fluctuations in temperatures –from freezing to warm. When it's warmer in the day, the snow and ice will melt and water seeps into cracks and crevices in the road and sidewalk surfaces. Come night time when temperatures dip below freezing, the melted water will freeze and expand and push up on the pavement causing it to break. When cars drive over these weak points the roads get worse and expand in size until they can swallow a car tire.

To prevent damage to your vehicle or even loss of control, here are 10 driving tips to keep you and other motorists safe.

  1. Do not tailgate. Stay well back of the car in front of you. This will allow you to see potholes sooner and avoid them quicker. Following farther back also allows you to brake easier for potholes and less debris will fly everywhere.
  2. It's tempting to look downward at the road to spot for potholes and debris. Don't, as it can cause accidents if you're too focused on potholes. Instead, use quick glances to look for dangers on the road surface.
  3. Stay focused on driving. Being distracted can make you miss seeing or reacting to potholes.
  4. Keep two hands on the steering wheel. This gives you the best control to help steer around potholes.
  5. Do not swerve violently or abruptly to miss a pothole. Any avoidance maneuvers should be done with smooth steering inputs. Jerking the steering wheel to miss a pothole can cause loss of control and greater damage to the car, injury or even death.
  6. Be aware of oncoming traffic if you must swerve into oncoming lanes to miss a pothole.
  7. Most potholes tend to occur along pavement seams where truck or bus tires wear down the asphalt. You can avoid most of these by keeping your tires out of the well-travelled areas and away from pavement seams.
  8. Slow down on rough roads to give you a better chance to avoid any potholes. Higher speeds reduce reaction time and control.
  9. Slow down when you must drive through a pothole but get off the brakes just before hitting the pothole. This will reduce the load on the suspension and the impact force.
  10. Be careful with water filled potholes as they can cover how deep the hole is or what may be inside the water. Do your best to not drive through a water-filled pothole.

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