It’s Spring Pothole Season And There’s A Right Way And A Wrong Way To Drive Thru Potholes

Those annoying,  teeth-rattling potholes that cover every mile of road make driving more dangerous this time of year.  But did you know that there are best ways to drive thru these paved land mines?

Insurance experts say the worst thing you can do is tailgate the vehicle ahead of you.  If that driver swerves at the last minute to avoid a big pothole, you don’t have time to react and you’re going to hit the pothole head on.  If you stay back of the vehicle ahead of you, you won’t hit it at full speed, or even brake into it.  By braking hard into the pothole, the weight of your vehicle moves to the front wheels which makes the impact worse.  Most of us try to swerve to avoid the pothole, but that can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.

Here’s the best way to deal with a pothole according to insurance experts…Take your foot off the gas, slowly brake and try to drive over the edge of the pothole on either side, avoiding the middle.

Many people report pothole related repairs every year.  So not matter how fast highway workers try to fill the potholes, there’s new ones forming every day this time of year.

As officer Phil Esterhaus used to say on Hillstreet Blues, “be careful out there.”

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