3 Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

Auto Smarts

Avoid Potholes and Avoid Pothole Stress!

Old man winter may have left the building, but he’s also left his mark on roads across the country. That’s right…we’re talking about potholes. And if you’ve hit one before, you know that dreaded feeling; the heavy thud, praying the flat-tire light doesn’t come on, listening for the telling grinding of some loose part in your car. It’s stressful!

But what can you do to avoid them, besides moving someplace warm or never driving again?

Instead, try:

  • Leaving more space between you and the driver ahead of you. This is just general good driving practice, but it comes in handy avoiding potholes too. After all, the more space between you and the other guy, the more likely you are to notice a pothole and calmly dodge it.
  • Slowing down. Ratchet your speed back a little bit to improve your reaction time. Also, hitting a pothole at lower speeds typically doesn’t cause as much, or as serious damage as hitting one at higher speeds.
  • Watching out for water. After a rainstorm or snow, potholes can fill with water. That makes them harder to see, and harder to judge how deep they are. That makes them even more mysterious and dangerous! So when in doubt, avoid them.

Pothole damage accounts for nearly 500,000 insurance claims every year!

So if you’ve been a victim of one, you’re not alone.

That’s why it’s important to stay alert, slow down, and keep an eye out, to avoid some costly damage and some serious stress.



The information contained in this page is provided for general informational purposes only. The information is provided by Farmers and its partners, and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to this article or the information, products, services or related graphics, if any, contained in this article for any purpose. The information is not meant as professional or expert advice, and any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.