We are seeing more potholes this season thanks to the wild temperature swings. From near zero to the high 50’s, these road traps seem inevitable. If and when you do hit a pothole, take a look at all the tires and wheels. Potholes can be a serious event for your car, similar to a collision. The jolt can damage your tires, rims, suspension and other steering components. It can even affect your wheel alignment and shorten the life of your tires. For safety reasons, don’t ignore hitting a pothole.
Here are 4 signs pothole damage affected your car:
If the steering is off-center after you hit a pothole, your wheel alignment needs to be checked, or it may be an indication of damage to a steering or suspension component
If you notice the steering wheel shaking, this is a sign of a wheel balance problem or damage to either the tire or rim
Does the car pull to one side? This is another indication of an alignment problem or component damage
Does the car ride rough and not handle on the road the way it used to? This may be an indication of damage to the springs, shocks or struts
While you should do your best to avoid potholes, sometimes they are unavoidable. 90% of cars will need an alignment after the winter season, and the longer the car drives out of alignment the more damage risk to your vehicle. A complete bumper to bumper inspection by your trained auto professional will reveal any pothole related issues, or alignment problems, and will save you time and money in the long run. It always best to spot a problem early before it turns into a bigger problem.
Seeking reimbursement for the damages caused by a pothole? There are several options you can take. You can contact your insurance company and decide if your copay or deductible, versus the cost of repairs, make financial sense. Or you can submit documentation to have your county and state to pay for the damages. This can be a little tricky sometimes. Read more about having Putnam County, NY pay for pothole related damages here.