How Can Potholes Damage My Car?
Most people understand how annoying potholes can be. They’ll spill your coffee and cause the children in the backseat to scream, but the unfortunate truth is that these are the least of the negative effects of potholes.
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Driving over a pothole is more than just a temporary discomfort. They can significantly damage your car and cost quite a lot in the process. In fact, the stats are daunting:
- Nearly half a million insurance claims are filed every year for damage related to potholes
- About a third (11,000) of annual traffic fatalities are caused by poor road conditions
- The average American spends $377 a year on repairs due to rough pavement. It can easily go upward over $1,000 in cities where the issue is more pronounced.
Potholes can cause tire ruptures and knock your wheels out of alignment. They can create scratches, leaks, and dents, all of which can be detrimental to your vehicle (and even to your health should the exhaust take damage). They can significantly decrease the lifespan of your suspension and make further pothole encounters even deadlier. Depending on the severity of the impact, it can even do all of these things at once.
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Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it other than to be careful, avoid potholes if you can, and slow down if you can’t. That being said, some cities do encourage you to report them!