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What to do when your car hits a pothole

Ilisapeci Tinanisigabalavu
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Have you ever wondered why there are so many potholes on our roads? Are you tired of the bumpy rides because potholes get in the way of your journey?

Here are some facts about potholes from the website that you need to know;

How are potholes formed?

Potholes occur when the soil compacted beneath the pavement becomes weakened or displaced. Potholes are likely to form when lots of running water disrupt base layers under the pavement.

As vehicles drive over these weak spots, the pavement deforms, cracks and chips away, leaving a hole in the road surface.

Potholes start small, but grow as traffic hits them, potentially becoming deep or large enough to damage a car.

How are drivers affected by potholes?

Check these things on your car when you hit a pothole to make sure you are safe;

* Tyres — tyres are meant to be the only part of your car that touches the road, so it isn't a surprise that they're susceptible to pothole damage like sidewall bulges, tread separations or flats.

These can happen because potholes often have a hard edge that compresses the tyre against the wheel on impact, slicing the rubber or snapping the belts that hold a tire together.

* Wheels — Hard angles in potholes can apply impact force to wheels in ways they weren't designed to handle, leading to bends, chips or cracks.

* Suspension — car suspension is designed to absorb impacts and provide a smooth ride, but there is a limit to how much it can handle.

Sudden hits against potholes can cause a variety of suspension problems, including misalignment, broken ball joints, and damaged shocks or struts.

* Exhaust — since exhaust pipes run along the undercarriage of a car, they are a perfect target for potholes. Deep potholes can cause a car to bottom out and scrape the undercarriage against the pavement, potentially denting or ripping a hole in the exhaust pipes, muffler, or catalytic converter.

You may experience a loss of power or unpleasant noises if there is a hole in your exhaust system, your car will also spew out harmful pollution which is a health hazard if left unchecked.

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