Potholes can appear on any road at any time, without any warning. They are usually caused by the expansion and contraction of water both in and on the ground, due to varying temperatures. They are common during winter and spring, for potholes that do appear in the colder months, you may have to wait several weeks for them to be effectively repaired by highway maintenance teams.
What damage can a pothole do to my car?
The uneven, sudden drop of a pothole puts a lot of stress on a vehicle’s tyres and suspension.
As tough as modern cars are, there’s a chance a pothole could damage a tyre to the point of puncture, add excess wear to suspension components or break them entirely.
Larger and deeper Poholes could even damage alloy wheels and components underneath a vehicle. If you notice anything unusual with your vehicle after a pothole hit, get your car checked at your local garage.
“Hitting a pothole may seem really inconsequential, but in addition to the short term dangers such as a tyre blow out or wheel damage, there is a real risk of longer term damage. Some drivers simply aren’t aware that some of the technological safety devices on vehicles such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or Lane Assist, all depend on the wheels being properly aligned. In the worst case scenario, a vehicle could be rendered unsafe, just as a result of an impact with a pothole.”
Swansway Accident Repair Centre Manager, Mark Trevers
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