Drivers should beware of the damage potholes can inflict

March 15, 2013 12:00 AM

The end of inclement winter weather may allow drivers to breathe a sigh of relief, but people who want to guard against dangers to their vehicles now have to be concerned with potholes that have come about as a result of winter. 

Potholes are often caused by a combination of rain, snow and cold temperatures, so after harsh winters drivers need to be aware of the damage done to roads. While many of these obstacles are unavoidable when driving, car owners should pay attention to any issues that could crop up after hitting a pothole. Things like faulty handling, alignment problems, low tire pressure or dents are all warning signs that need to be addressed by a professional. 

"If you've hit a pothole and suspect that there may be damage to the tires, wheels, steering and suspension or wheel alignment, it's worth having a professional technician check out the car and make any necessary repairs," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

Even throughout the spring months, drivers need to be conscious of new potholes popping up on streets, as water permeating the pavement can cause cracks - which, in turn, can seriously damage the car. 

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