Holes, Cracks, and other Places You Shouldn’t Stick Your Car…

This winter has been a roller coaster ride, with temperatures in the 60’s all the way down to single digits, and all within the course of a single week.  Rapid changes like these inevitably create major issues for the roadways.  Pennsylvania is known for their cavernous potholes and cracking blacktop, and as a Montgomery County auto repair shop, we see and repair the carnage that the roads leave behind.   Add the recent ice storms to the mix, and the back roads of Bucks and Montgomery Counties now resemble a lunar landscape.  While we all try to avoid them, it is nearly impossible to dodge every pothole on the streets, and we all hit one every so often.

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Potholes start forming every time the weather makes a severe change

The Anatomy of the Pothole

Potholes are created when water permeates the surface of the roadway and then freezes.  The ice expands and creates cracks in the road surface.  Eventually, through constant expansion and contraction, the road fatigues and potholes are created.  Unfortunately, simply understanding what creates a pothole does nothing to prevent your car from going out of alignment when you hit one.  There are, however a few things you can do to help avoid them, and to help mitigate the damage when you do hit one.

  1.  First, make sure your tires are properly inflated and your tires are in good shape.  This winter has been rough on the roads, and having to dodge all the craters that have formed requires good traction, and properly inflated tires will help protect your rims in the fairly likely event that you find your way into a pothole this season.
  2. Fill up on windshield washer fluid.  This may sound unrelated to potholes, but, if you can’t see them, you can’t dodge them.  The stores are out of salt.  The suppliers are out of salt.  That’s because it’s all over our roads and cars.  Keeping the windshield clear will help your visibility.
  3. Clean your headlights off.  When the salt and snow build up on your headlamps, it reduces your visibility considerably.  Before you go out, wipe them clean with a soft towel.

Finally, it would be a wise move to join our lifetime alignment program where you can get your car aligned twice a year for life.  The pothole season is just beginning.  Give us a call and we can get you started.