South Africans have recently welcomed the very needed rainfall across our thirsty country, however this has meant driving on our roads often feels like navigating a minefield. Even the most advanced drivers don’t stand a chance against our eroded roads.
Potholes are often difficult to avoid, as they can be hard to see, especially at night or heavy traffic simply doesn’t allow for swerving out of the way.
Tiger Wheel & Tyre have put together a few pothole safety tips to help you avoid them:
- Remember that properly inflated tyres will hold up better against potholes than tyres that are under inflated
- Other than simply being good driving practice, leaving enough room between you and the car in front of you can be critical in avoiding potholes
- If you can’t avoid a pothole altogether make sure you slow down before you hit it and never brake directly over a pothole as this can actually cause more damage than speeding over it
- In the case where you have to drive directly over a pothole make sure to hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control
- Watch out for innocent looking puddles, these are often potholes in disguise
Symptoms of pothole damage:
- Is your car pulling to the left or right, is your alignment is off?
- Uneven tyre wear?
- Low tyre pressure?
- Bulges, tears or blisters on sidewall of your tyre?
- Indents in the wheel rim?
Potholes should be reported to local municipalities to get repaired and if you have any of the above symptoms or suspect you have tyre damage visit your nearest Tiger Wheel & tyre to have your tyres checked. Find a store near you at www.twt.to.