LINCOLN, R.I. – After a particularly harsh winter, many roads are now littered with potholes. Driving over these potholes can lead to costly damage, so Amica Insurance has tips to help protect your vehicle.
Amica is sharing the following suggestions from AAA:
- Inspect tires: Tires should have plenty of tread and be inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended levels.
- Inspect suspension: A change in vehicle handling, excessive vibration and uneven tire wear can be signs of bad shocks or struts. Have a certified technician check the suspension if there is a problem.
- Look ahead: Scan the road ahead to check for potholes. If you have to swerve to avoid one, make sure to check for other motorists, cyclists or pedestrians before doing so.
- Slow down: If it’s impossible to avoid a pothole, reduce your speed and check the rearview mirror before abruptly braking.
- Beware of puddles: Puddles can disguise deep potholes, so be especially cautious when driving through them. Treat them all as if they are hiding potholes.
- Check alignment: Driving over a pothole can affect a vehicle’s alignment and steering. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right, have a certified technician check the alignment.
- Recognize noises/vibrations: Hitting a pothole can dislodge wheel weights, damage the tire or wheel and even break suspension components. If there are any new or unusual noises or vibrations after hitting a pothole, have the vehicle inspected immediately by a certified technician.