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    Driving safer with potholes

    submitted by Lin Bethman

    Potholes are one of the most common road hazards. It’s important for every driver to know how to avoid them and drive over them. It’s always better to avoid hitting a pothole in the first place. Make it easier by following these tips:

    Drive cautiously. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This can help you spot a pothole sooner and avoid it.

    Improve your visibility. Look into the distance at the road ahead of you and the car ahead of you to better see and navigate around upcoming potholes.

    Watch out for puddles. If you can do so safely, avoid driving over puddles. An innocent-looking puddle could be a pothole filled with water.

    Avoid other vehicles. Never swerve into an occupied lane, which could result in a collision with another vehicle. Sometimes you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, but there are things you can do to help minimize the damage to your vehicle when driving over a pothole.

    Slow down, then coast. It’s best to slow down before a pothole, and then release the brakes before you hit it.

    Drive slowly. If you’re driving on a street that’s covered in potholes, driving slowly will give you more time to maneuver around potholes and be gentler on your vehicle if you hit one.

    Firmly hold the steering wheel. If you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, grip your steering wheel firmly so you can maintain control.

    Hit it squarely. Straighten your wheel to hit the pothole squarely and roll through it. If you hit a pothole at an angle, it’s more likely to damage your vehicle.

    Maintain your suspension. Minimize pothole damage by having your vehicle’s suspension checked regularly.

    Keep tires properly inflated. Over- and under-inflated tires fare worse when they come in contact with a pothole.

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