For New England drivers, the roads have become a battlefield covered in potholes. However, potholes aren’t just an inconvenience for drivers, they are an expensive and dangerous result of a harsh winter.
Potholes form when water from snow, ice and freezing rain seeps into roadway cracks. The water then freezes and expands, thus increasing the size of the crack. A pothole not only causes damage to your vehicle, but they can lead to accidents which could greatly impact your auto insurance rates.
Here are 5 tips to avoid pothole damage to your car this spring:
- Leave extra space between you and the car ahead. By increasing your following distance, you are giving yourself more time to react to the traffic patterns that could alert you that a pothole is up ahead, such as cars slowing down or quick lane changes.
- If you can’t avoid it, slow down. Although we are all guilty of doing it from time to time, it is dangerous to swerve into another lane of traffic just to try and avoid a pothole. Instead, slow down before hitting the pothole, but be careful not to break directly over it as this will increase the potential for damage to your vehicle.
- Maintain proper air pressure in all tires. Making sure the air pressure in your tires is set to the manufacturer’s recommendation ensures your vehicle will have the proper amount of cushion between the pothole and the tire rim, lessening the impact.
- Pull over if you suspect damage. If there is damage to your car from hitting a pothole, write down details about the incident and specific damage to your car. This information will be helpful in the event you need to file an insurance claim.
- Report any potholes you see. Contact your state or local transportation department to report potholes that need to be repaired. If you see a pothole in Massachusetts, call MassDOT at 877-623-6846.
Review your auto insurance policy with a trusted independent agent to ensure you have adequate protection to the cover the costs of pothole damage to your car. Contact McGrath Insurance Group at 800-342-3859 or www.mcgrathinsurance.com.
*This article is written for informational purposes only and should not be construed as providing legal advice.