How to Avoid Pothole Damage

How to Avoid Pothole Damage

Potholes are things we curse to the heavens whenever we hit one, but are there any real and feasible tips on how to avoid pothole damage? 

Potholes can cause some serious damage to your car. You may have heard the myth that if you drive fast over a pothole, you will drive over it and reduce damage. Let’s make it clear now that it is a myth and can actually cause more damage to your car. The reason being speed. The car is too heavy to jump over the pothole going 70 miles per hour. You would need to exceed the speed of racecars in order to clear the pothole. So, then, can you avoid potholes? Here are a few tips on how you can avoid pothole damage.

Tips to Avoid Potholes

  • Slow down. If you slow down, you increase your reaction time to that which is in front of you. Also, hitting a pothole at a slower speed will not cause as much damage as hitting one at a high speed.
  • Leave space. If you leave more space between you and the driver in front of you, you increase the amount of road and your reaction time to potholes. The extra space and time will give you enough room to properly adjust your car to safely drive over or to the side of the pothole.
  • Watch for puddles. Puddles on the road may seem innocent, but they can hide a monster with a void of infinite depth. The deeper the pothole, the more extensive the damage could be. Be safe rather than sorry by avoiding any and all puddles.

The right auto insurance policy can help to give you the peace of mind that you need while you drive in the spring, where most potholes come out to prey on innocent drivers. Contact the independent insurance professionals at VGW Walker Insurance for all of your Texas car insurance needs to keep you and your family safe.