Potholes Damage on your Land Rover

How To Minimise Damage To Your Land Rover

Potholes are holes in the road that can vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water. Because of this the road then weakens and when traffic drives over it, the road starts to crack and break.

Potholes are most common on the roads during winter and spring. In the colder months you may find that they are left un-repaired for longer periods of time, so it is important to be more cautious during these times.

What damage can a pothole do to my Land Rover?

The uneven and damaged road can put a lot of stress on your vehicle's tyres and suspension. Hitting a pothole can damage your tyres in many ways including; wear to the suspension, putuntures in your tyres or completely breaking the suspension.

Deeper Potholes can even damage alloy wheels and components underneath your Land Rover. If you have hit a pothole and notice anything unusual such as the way the vehicle drives or sounds, make sure to get your car checked at your local Land Rover garage.


How to Avoid Pothole damage to your Land Rover:

  • Tyre Pressure - Make sure that your Land Rovers tyres are at the optimum pressure; over or under inflated tyres will make pothole damage more likely.
  • Be wary of puddles - The puddle could be concealing a pothole. Try to avoid the risk altogether by not driving through it however if this isn't possible, approach slowly and with caution.
  • Stay alert - Look at the road ahead to try and spot potholes early on.
  • No swerving - Try not to suddenly swerve to avoid a pothole. This is dangerous and can but both you and any oncoming traffic in danger.
  • Reduce your speed - Once you spot an oncoming pothole, gently reduce your speed. If you hit one at speed, you are much more likely to damage your Land Rover.
  • Braking whilst in a pothole - Once you go over a pothole, try to avoid braking further. This can cause more damage as it places more stress on the front suspension.
  • Steering Wheel Grip - To avoid the possibility of the steering wheel being knocked out of your hands due to the uneven surface of the road, hold the wheel firmly.

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