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The Many Dangers of Potholes in the Roadway

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Potholes are particularly annoying because they are simply road hazards, and pretty much unavoidable. It’s unlikely you’re a driver who hasn’t ever hit one.

You’re driving down the road, and suddenly, you hit a pothole–the distinctive impact is usually a jarring dip and a loud, worrying noise.  Potholes are particularly annoying because they are simply road hazards, and pretty much unavoidable.  It’s unlikely you’re a driver who hasn’t ever hit one.  But potholes are more than an inconvenience; they can also cause serious issues, both with your car and your safety.  To learn more about the dangers of potholes, read on.

Car Damage

Obviously, a huge point of damage when you hit a pothole is the threat of your tire taking damage.  It is what hits the defect head-on, so it bears the brunt of the impact.  It’s possible that, under certain circumstances, you could even pop a tire when you hit a pothole.  More often, though, your tire will sustain some kind of damage that requires attention, whether it be a scratch or a side wall bulge.  The impact could also rattle a few other things in your car, from your alignment to your exhaust.  These are less noticeable, and could sneak under your radar while causing serious damage to your vehicle over a long period of time.  This, of course, can get incredibly costly after sustained damage.

Surrounding Damage

Your damaged car can cause problems for other motorists, as well.  Firstly, hitting a pothole may make it worse, which can cause even more damage for other drivers.  Secondly, a damaged tire is susceptible to blowing out or going flat, which is a road hazard.  Your exhaust being damaged could affect the environment; it’s why we take emissions tests.  And if your car is leaking fluids, they could be dangerous to both the environment and surrounding drivers.  Potholes are almost always going to cause some kind of damage–which is why they need to be fixed right away.

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