WHAT TO DO IF YOU HIT A POTHOLE

|
08/02/2019
Pot Hole
Contents

One of the most common and dreaded hazards of everyday driving is the pothole.  Not all potholes are created equally, of course. You might sail over one without any issues whatsoever, and your car may feel the lingering effects from one for some time.  Those effects can be quite costly, however, as the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates, drivers spend $3 billion a year on damage to their cars from potholes.

If you do hit a pothole, here are some things to keep in mind.

Don’t panic. Try to not panic or get too angry at yourself for driving over a pothole. They’re everywhere. In Denver, for instance, the city fills 60,000 to 100,000 potholes a year. Houston has set up a website, HoustonPotholes.org, devoted to tracking potholes. It’s a serious, frustrating issue for drivers. Potholes can destroy engines and even transmissions.

Pull the car over and look for damage. That may not be necessary for every pothole you hit.  But if you do run over a pothole, and feel it is significant, then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pull over somewhere safely and inspect at your car. Are there any weird bulges on the tires? Any dents on the tire rim? Do you see any fluids leaking from the car, other than maybe the water from your air-conditioning, which is normal? If everything checks out, you can keep driving.

Keep your antenna up for possible damage. You’re not quite out of the woods yet. How’s the car handling itself while you drive? There are some pothole red flags you should still be on the lookout for, including…

You have less control of the car. This is an easy one. You don’t need us telling you that’s a bad thing. Your steering or suspension may have been affected by the jolt the pothole gave your vehicle. If that is the case, bring your car into a Milex Complete Auto Care as soon as possible. If your car is shaking or seems to sway as you turn, or you’re now bouncing more than usual on rough roads, this is a problem that won’t improve or go away over time.

Your car doesn’t seem to drive quite straight. That is, your car seems to want to veer slightly left or right. You may now have an alignment issue, where all over your tires aren’t precisely pointed in the same direction. Again, please drop by Milex. If you get your tires aligned right away, you probably won’t have to buy new tires. But when you drive on tires that are misaligned, your tires start wearing down unevenly, which leads to tire troubles.

You hear strange sounds. Pothole damage can sometimes lead to damage to the exhaust system. That can mean using up more fuel or putting out more pollution into the air. Your muffler may soon need replacing, if it doesn’t already. You don’t want to put this off either. Take your car to your nearest Mr. Transmission if you think you have transmission issues, and we’ll be glad to take a look.

One more thing. If the pothole you ran over was especially harrowing, even if you and your car came over it just fine, you might want to play dutiful citizen and report it. Many communities and states have websites where you can spread the world about problematic potholes. Your fellow drivers will thank you, and you’ll thank yourself, the next time you’re driving on the same road.

Contents

Let's Talk

Single Post Form

A contact us form.

Name
Address

related blogs

11/15/2023
BEAT THE CHILL: WINTER CAR PREP

Winter in the United States is no joke for many parts of the country. The snow, ice, and biting cold can be a real challenge, especially for our cars. But with a little bit of prep, you can ensure your vehicle is ready to face the frosty months ahead. Here are Milex Mr. Transmission's recommendations […]

Read More
06/08/2023
FIVE RED FLAGS OF LOW TRANSMISSION FLUID

Recognizing the red flags of low transmission fluid levels is crucial for preserving the performance and longevity of your vehicle's transmission system. Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care have symptoms to keep on your radar. MAINTAINING CAR FLUIDS Fluids play a crucial role in the proper functioning of various systems and components in a car. […]

Read More
04/27/2023
SUMMERTIME RULES OF THE ROAD

As you stock up on sunscreen and prep for fun in the sun, Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care has a handy list of road trip tips to follow to stay safe this summer. And we’re here to make sure your car is ready for high temperatures. ROAD TRIP TIPS Memorial Day weekend kicks off […]

Read More
04/06/2023
COPING WITH TRAFFIC AND DRIVING SHORT DISTANCES

Frequently driving in stop-and-go traffic or regularly taking short rides to the grocery store can harm your vehicle. Take your car to Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care for regular maintenance to ensure it continues to run efficiently. Effects of Traffic and Short Drives The average one-way commute time for American workers is 27.6 minutes, […]

Read More
01/26/2023
TOP SIGNS YOU MAY NEED TRANSMISSION REPAIR

Be aware of the signs that your transmission needs repair to start scouting out the right repair shop and put money aside to get the job done. As your car ages, staying current on regular maintenance can help limit unexpected repairs. Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care can help you stay abreast of maintenance and fix problems […]

Read More
10/11/2022
TAKE ACTION IF VEHICLE HAS FLOOD DAMAGE

As the winds and rain die down from the country’s latest hurricane, residents in hard-hit areas are heading out to assess the damage. If your car sustained flood damage during Hurricane Ian, Mr. Transmission Milex has a checklist to follow after the danger passes and the water recedes. Flooding can cause extensive damage to vehicles, […]

Read More
08/05/2022
CAR MAINTENANCE DURING EXTREME HEAT

Summertime temperatures can do a number on your vehicle. Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care has some tips to keep your car running smoothly during the hot summer months. If you’ve complained about high temperatures this summer, you’re not alone. As Europe battled an unprecedented heat wave last month, temperatures in the United States are […]

Read More
08/05/2022
TIPS FOR WHEN YOUR CAR WON'T START

If you turn the key in your car’s ignition and you get crickets, don’t despair. Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care has some steps you can take to solve the problem if your car won’t start before you resort to calling a tow truck. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to […]

Read More
05/20/2022
SIMPLE STEPS HELP SAVE MONEY AT THE PUMP

As gas prices reach record highs, service technicians at Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care have some tips to help you save money at the pump. Reverberations from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are being felt across the globe. While Americans rally to support the Ukrainian citizens and rush to provide aid to help stem the humanitarian […]

Read More
05/20/2022
TIRE PREP FOR SUMMER

Before you head out for your summer road trip, Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care recommends making sure your tires are ready to hit the pavement. Prior to packing your bags and stocking up on road trip snacks, it’s important to make sure your tires are ready for the trip. The condition of your tires will […]

Read More
1 2 3 11
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram