Hitting a pothole is an extremely unpleasant experience for anyone who drives a car, van or lorry. One minute your driving along enjoying your favourite song and suddenly, bang! Your vehicle is struck with a sudden blow which leaves you feeling anxious to see if everything is okay. It’s not just the driver that hates this experience, passengers also have their relaxing journey rudely interrupted at no fault of their own.
Potholes are by far the most hated part of driving and they cause a huge amount of wear and tear to our vehicles. Even the president of the Automobile Protection Association confirmed that potholes can cause damage to vehicles. With over 900,000 potholes reported on our roads, its clear that this problem won’t be going anywhere soon.
We have done some research around vehicle damage from potholes allowing you to fully understand what you need to check after hitting a pothole when driving. Unfortunately, we cannot eliminate these annoyances but we can help drivers keep on top of the damage these holes cause which may help prevent further issues from developing down the line.
Chipping Your Car Tyres
Car tyres frequently require replacing due to government regulations on treads. It is recommended that they should be replaced between 25,000 to 50,000 miles. Unfortunately, this does not take into consideration the damage caused by potholes. Just recently I stopped to fill up my car and found a small chunk of rubber missing from the tyre which had lead to the inner tubing starting to bulge. This is a prime example of how pothole damage to your tyres may cause you to have to replace your tyres sooner than expected.
Car Suspension Damage
When travelling at high speeds, whether it is on a motorway or AA road, potholes become unavoidable. In some cases, it may even be more dangerous avoiding them than just braving through them. This being said, its times like this where potholes can cause the most damage to the car. Your suspension will be one of the worst affected, when your wheel sinks into the pothole the suspension will have to counter the force, absorbing the sudden drop and keeping the drive as smooth as possible. Unfortunately, these high-speed bumps can seriously damage your suspension leaving it feeling unstable.
Irriversal Damage Shock Absorbers
Shock absorbers work in conjunction with your suspension, helping to slow down and reduce vibration from suspension movement. With potholes causing a sudden shock to the entire suspension system its common to find that shock absorbers are one of the first parts to go. The huge amount of force generated from hitting a pothole at high speed will result in the shock absorber giving way which can throw off your whole suspension system and leave the car feeling uncontrollably bouncy, even when not going over bumps in the road.
Knocking The Vehicle Tracking Out of Line
Don’t you just hate it when you are driving along and start to notice your car veering off to one side? It has to be one of the worst things that can occur within your vehicle. This being said, your car tracking being out is not going to cause you much risk as it’s easy to control but it can just get on your nerves and prevent you from fully enjoying the drive. When you strike a pothole it can lead to the tracking to be made slightly off, especially when you hit the pothole on a bend and not straight on. The average cost of realignment is between £20-£50 so it will not break the bank to get this resolved.
We hope that you have found this blog post useful, make sure that if you come in contact with a pothole you check your car to make sure everything is okay. If you have recently found a pothole on your driveway we highly recommend that you invest in pothole repair in London as this will help prevent wear and tear on your vehicle from developing any further.