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April 13, 2016

Potholes - The Car Killer

Sadly, I'm sure we can all relate to that dreaded pounding feeling after hitting that one pothole we always try to avoid in our neighborhood. Potholes are car killers. According to Firestone Auto Care, hitting a pothole can cause expensive damage to your tires, wheel rims and suspension; cause premature wear on shocks and struts, interfere with your vehicle's steering system… the list goes on and on. While we can't prevent potholes, we can learn how to finesse our way down the road and adopt smarter driving practices to help avoid these awful holes on the road. Here's six tips to help keep the dents out of your wallet and the bottom of your vehicle.

  1. Check tire pressure and keep it at the recommended PSI. If tire pressure is not at the recommended amount, the wheel may split if it is rubbed against the rough edges of a pothole.
  2. Large pothole in road
  3. Observe the traffic in front of you. If other cars are swerving around and constantly switching lanes, there's a good chance that there's something in the road they're hoping to avoid and you should too!
  4. Watch for puddles. These tiny bodies of water may be much deeper than they appear.
  5. Keep a clean windshield to keep visibility high.
  6. Reduce speed on roads you know are prone to having deep potholes – going slower will reduce damage if you do run into a pothole.
  7. Be aware of the amount of traffic wherever you may be driving. If you see a pothole further in the road, you'll probably have the instinct to swerve around it. However, if there's a car right beside you, you'll find yourself with a bigger problem than running into a pothole.

While there are no fool-proof ways to avoid potholes, being aware of your surroundings will help prevent the worst of damages to your car. Take a deep breath and stay safe!

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Kelsey

Kelsey Terschak

Kelsey specializes in social media and marketing at Foremost with a passion for living life to it's fullest! As a recent business school graduate, her interest and enthusiasm for creativity within the marketing field are a perfect fit at Foremost. She never expected to work for an insurance company, but what better place to contribute to the well-being of the community at large than with an insurance provider! In her free time, Kelsey enjoys participating in musical theater, decorating her home, and volunteering. Stay tuned to hear what she has to say about topics from boating safety to avoiding those notorious east coast potholes.

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