How to Reduce (and Avoid) Pothole Damage

How to Reduce (and Avoid) Pothole DamageThe days proceeding the coldest winter weather are usually when potholes appear, do you know how to avoid (or even reduce) any pothole damage? 

The winter may have been brutal, but that doesn’t mean that its effects are over. In fact, they may be far from over. Concrete and cement make for acceptable roads, but they are not perfect. They easily absorb and hold moisture, which may not sound too bad until you realize the physical changes that water undergoes with temperature fluctuations.

When water freezes, it expands. This expansion pushes the asphalt and concrete that make up the roads. Then with the constant pressure of cars driving, it destroys the structural integrity and reduces it to rubble. Thence, a pothole is formed.

Reducing Pothole Damage

  • Reduce your speed. Decrease your speed in order to increase your reaction time. Additionally, your speed has much to do with the potential damage of your car. You may have heard someone tell you to speed up so your car can clear the pothole. You should erase this falsehood from your brain immediately. Your car is much too heavy to clear potholes as the speed required for a car to safely clear a pothole would surpass even NASCAR speeds.
  • Steer clear of puddles. Puddles can hide deep potholes. Safely maneuver yourself around these potholes to avoid some potentially devastating damage.
  • Leave more space. If the space between you and the car in front of you is constricted, the less road you see. The more space you leave between you and the car in front of you, the more time you have to react to any and all potholes that lie ahead.

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