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It's the most wonderful time - well, maybe not. Tis the season of potholes. This time of the year, we spend a lot of time swerving out of the way of giant holes or finding ourselves unexpectedly falling into one when it's hidden from sight. They're quite a nuisance to our everyday routines and can be dangerous to ourselves and damaging to our cars.

We've compiled a list on how to reduce and avoid pothole damage and how to take care of any damage that is caused.

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Keep Your Tires' Air Pressure on Par

Your tires should be inflated at the rating that is recommended by your owner's vehicle manual. This will ensure that your properly inflated tires are best prepared for those unwanted pavement dips.

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Back, Back it Up

Not only should you avoid tailgating the car in front of you, but you should always keep a close eye on what's happening in front of you. By keeping a distance between yourself and the car in front of you, you can see how their car is responding to the potentially bumpy roads so that you yourself can avoid any harmful potholes.

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Reduce Your Need For Speed

It's important to be mindful of how fast you're driving on broken pavement. One quick burst of speed could lead to a new tire, especially in inclement weather.

Unfortunately, potholes are everywhere and avoiding them all is impossible. Sooner or later, you're going to hit one and you may experience the following issues:

  • Misalignment with your wheels and/or steering.
  • Tire puncture, damage or wear
    (worst case scenario - a tire blowout)
  • Rims are damaged
  • Engine damage
  • Suspension damage
  • Shocks and struts wear
  • Exhaust system damage

Lucky for you, your friendly mechanic is just around the corner at your local Pep Boys. Depending on your car's condition, a variety of different services might be needed. Below is a series of potential services that would take place, depending on the pothole damage:

Give yourself some peace of mind and schedule a service appointment today.