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Fleet safety tip: Preventing pothole damage

When the snow and ice melt after a historic winter storm it leaves room for potholes in the roadways. Potholes form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to freezing and thawing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually results in potholes. The Center for Transportation offers drivers tips on preventing damage to their vehicles due to potholes.

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  • Make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough treads.
  • Inspect the suspension, by making sure the struts, shock absorbs, and other suspension parts are in good condition.
  • While driving try and check the roads for visible potholes and before swerving to avoid potholes, make sure you check the surrounding traffic.
  • If a pothole can't be avoided, safely reduce speed. Hitting a pothole at a higher speed can increase the chance of damage to the vehicle tires and suspension components.
  • Beware of puddles of water; puddle of waters can disguise a deep pothole.
  • Hitting potholes can knock off the wheels alignment. If the vehicle pulls to a certain direction have a technician check the alignment.
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