Tips to keep damage from potholes down

Tire-busting potholes means motorists’ wallets are emptying with each commute.

And the problem isn’t exclusive to Bytown.

Municipalities such as Sudbury are seeing the “road conditions deteriorating at a rapid rate, i.e. , they’re seeing more in the way of not only more potholes, but bigger potholes as well,” said CAA spokesman Korey Kennedy.

Harsh climates can pretty much assure holes in the road.

Driving in rain or at night poses additional obstacles since visibility is compromised.

Motorists should obey speed limits and “be a little bit more vigilant and be on the lookout for potholes,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy offers the following tips to prevent pothole damage:

Check your tire pressure monthly, in the morning. Driving causes the tires to heat up, increasing the pressure and changing the reading.
Don’t swerve. Swerving can result in the front wheel of your vehicle hitting the pothole at an angle, causing more damage than if it is hit head-on.
Avoid sudden braking. Doing so “runs the risk of maybe somebody rear-ending you, or even worse, if you do brake and you still end up hitting the pothole, you’re shifting all the car’s weight onto the front tires,” increasing the possibility of doing more damage.
If your tire loses air after encountering a pothole, pull over when it’s safe to minimize the chance of wheel damage. Always keep a properly maintained spare tire in your vehicle, and call for roadside assistance.

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http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/03/20/tips-to-keep-damage-from-potholes-down

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