It’s that time of year again, spring, means only one thing for Canada’s road: potholes. In average cities in Canada have nearly 50,000 potholes formed every spring, which means your vehicle can suffer major damage. Navigating around them is a daily reality and most of the time, you can’t see a pothole until it’s too late.

How potholes are created
Potholes are caused over time initially by a depression or water under the pavement. As traffic passes over the road areas of it gets weaken. If water is present and under a cold temperatures the expansion and contraction of the water freezes, which would cause the road surface to weaken even further. When traffic constantly travels on this area it will breaks the asphalt surface until it expands and a pothole appears. The longer it is left unrepaired the larger the pothole becomes.

Signs of pothole damage
All drivers should be caution when encountering a pothole, you may have travel through several of them without incident. However it only takes one wrong move, hitting the pothole at a critical angle.

Tires: If your tires hit a pothole, be sure to have a good look at the inside sidewall and check if there are any bulge. If this occurs, addressing the issue as soon as possible is crucial.

Rims: On most vehicles today, the rims are aluminum–based and, therefore, susceptible to dents. Hitting a deep pothole at a high rate of speed can lead to bent rims.

Exhaust System: Strange noises coming from your exhaust system can be due to pothole damage. A complete vehicle inspection is essential to determine if that’s the case.

Undercarriage: It’s pretty common for a pothole to dent or puncture the undercarriage of your vehicle. Left unchecked, this can lead to fluid leaks and rust.

How to avoid road hazards
When approaching a pothole, slow down and try to go around if possible. In icy conditions, always slow down and give yourself more room between you and vehicle in front of you. Be a little more aware of material on and at the side of the road.

As a general practice we have to be a little more aware of road conditions during this time of the year. The chance of a road hazard happening is quite small however it’s always a good idea to have a solid  plan in the back of your mind on how you would handle the situation when it occurs.

Protecting your investment
Tire retailers offer road hazard insurance which covers you for this type of accident. They cover you for free tire replacement and even sending out a tow truck if you need one. As for buying any insurance, be sure to get all the coverage you will need. They are usually very inexpensive and worth the investment.

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