TOPEKA -- Area drivers have battled slippery, slick streets for most of the winter, and yet, another problem has emerged for drivers. Roads have become littered with potholes causing car damage and costly repairs. In some cases, the impact of poor road conditions on cars can cost from $50 for a simple wheel alignment to $500 or more for replacing a top-of-the-line alloy wheel.
“Not only do potholes cause significant car damage requiring expensive repairs, but they are also a significant threat to the safety of motorists and pedestrians,” said Jim Hanni, executive vice president at AAA. “Hitting sizeable holes unexpectedly can cause drivers to lose control of vehicles and even result in a crash. Swerving to avoid large gaps in streets can be just as dangerous.”
AAA recommends the following tips to safely navigate potholes and protect your wallet:
* Keep an eye on traffic patterns. Cars that slow down or move quickly to other lanes may be a sign of major potholes or road damage ahead.
* Slow down. Carefully avoid sharp impact with potholes, and avoid swerving around large cavities as this can cause loss of vehicle control.
* Inflate tires properly. Over- and under-inflated tires increase the risk of tire and wheel damage.
* Beware of unfamiliar noises and vibrations. Cars suffer from lost hubcaps, misaligned wheels, damaged undercarriages, bent axles and more. Any unusual noises or vibrations that appear after hitting a pothole should be inspected immediately by a certified technician.
* Report major potholes or road damage to your state or local transportation department.
Motorists suspecting vehicle damage in pothole-prone areas should visit a reliable auto repair facility before problems become worse. AAA regularly reviews and inspects over 100 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities in Kansas that have met standards and expectations for customer service, technology, expertise and more. Visit AAA.com/autorepair to find an approved auto repair facility near you.
AAA provides travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services to 52 million members nationwide. AAA is committed to keeping its members on-the-go by providing outstanding roadside assistance, valuable online resources on buying and maintaining vehicles and through the Approved Auto Repair program, which has inspected and approved over 7,500 auto repair facilities in North America.
For more information about AAA, members and non-members can visit AAA offices in Topeka, Wichita, Manhattan or Lawrence, go online to AAA.com or call 800-365-5222.