It is that time of the year – pothole season in Michigan. Hitting a pothole, can cause harsh damage to your tires, wheels, steering, suspension and alignment. Recently, Michigan approved an increased spending on road maintenance to help fix potholes and other road problems that were caused from the harsh winter. Last year we spent $8.8 million, and in 2014 it is nearly going to double that amount. However, these projects are not intended to begin until July 1st. Thus, it is going to get a lot worse, before it gets better. With that being said, it is important to avoid hitting potholes whenever possible.
Here are a few recommendations on how to avoid hitting potholes this spring. First, prepare your vehicle. You can accomplish this by making sure that your tires are properly inflated. In addition to vehicle preparation, you should be on the look out when you are driving. Leave more room between the car in front of you to give yourself time to dodge potholes. It is a good idea to dodge potholes wherever it is possible, however do not merge into another lane of traffic or cause a worse accident to try and avoid one. If you do have to hit a hole, make sure you keep a firm grip on the steering wheel, so that your vehicle does not suddenly change direction. Try to slow down your vehicle and drive straight through. If you notice any wheel, tire or alignment damage, be sure to get your vehicle checked out and repaired to avoid a worse accident from ignoring the damage.
Most insurance policies treat potholes as an at-fault accident. So, be careful driving this spring, and make sure that your vehicle is ready to go to avoid all types of road hazards.
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