State Farm® Says Potholes Can Cost Drivers
California, March, 2011 - California roadways are taking a pounding with recent rain storms and temperature changes, along with the usual heavy traffic. These harsh conditions bring a number of driving hazards, but one of the most dreaded is the pothole. An encounter with one can leave damaged tires, wheels and suspension components in its wake. State Farm estimates the average damage can put a big dent in drivers' pocketbooks - costing anywhere from $300 to $700.
There's not much that can prevent the deterioration of the driving surface, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your wallet:
Watch traffic in front of you. If cars ahead are slowing or swerving left or right take heed, they may be trying to avoid a pothole.
If you drive the same route every day to work make a mental note of the road surface conditions. Chances are you may be able to avoid future potholes.
Slow down and beware of puddles in rainy conditions. Chances are the pothole may be hiding in a pool of water.
If you hit a pothole, carefully inspect your tires and wheels for possible damage. Note how your car handles in the aftermath. If it “pulls” in a particular direction or you feel a wobble in the steering, have a mechanic check it out.
Check your local department of transportation. Some government agencies have web sites to report potholes to the authorities.
Potholes can create bigger issues for motorcycles, which are less stable than cars and provide less protection than cars in a crash. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends riders go around such hazards. To do so safely, riders must be able to spot a pothole from a distance, so slow down before reaching the obstacle and make sure you have room if you need to swerve.
For more safe driving tips, please check our Auto Learning Center.
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