Car Insurance Advice |Protecting your Car from Pothole Damage

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Tips on identifying pothole damage

Identifying and minimising pothole damage

Tips on identifying pothole damage:

  • The front end of your vehicle dips when you brake.
  • You can feel your vehicle roll or sway while turning.
  • Upon acceleration the rear of the vehicle squats.
  • On rougher, winding roads you can feel an abnormal bounce or slide.
  • In general your vehicle feels like it’s sitting a little lower at the front or the rear.
  • If you stop suddenly you experience a loss of directional control.
  • Visible damage such as rusting or dents.

To keep pothole damage to a minimum AA Motor Insurance offers the following advice:

Minimising Pothole damage

  • Maintain full air pressure in all tyres, as per the manufacturer's guidelines.  This will help to provide a cushion between pothole and the rim of your tyre. 
  • Keep your eyes peeled for potholes by leaving plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle in front.  Never ever swerve to avoid a pothole without checking surrounding traffic.
  • If you’re not in a position to avoid the pothole, slow down. Hitting it at speed will increase the chance of damage to tyres, wheels, shocks, struts or springs.
  • Hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
  • Don't break when directly over a pothole. This causes the car's weight to shift to the front of the wheel and can increase damage from the impact.
  • Be wary of potholes filled with water, they may be deeper than they look!

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