Pothole – 1, You – 0…
How To Avoid Pothole Damage
by Patrice Banks
I’m sure PA is not the only state with this problem, but damn it, PA has got to be the worst. Nowadays you can’t drive down a road without becoming acquainted with a least one pothole. All the snow has caused even more, including on highways.
A number of expensive damages can happen to your car just from driving over a pothole or 20, starting with your wheels. The tire industry is making a gazillion dollars this winter season. Tires are not cheap. Neither are rims. While avoiding a pothole is not always possible. Here is one way to avoid pothole damage. Properly inflating your tires. Over-inflated and under-inflated tires increase the risk of tire and rim damage when driving over a pothole.
Here’s a good question to ask yourself, “Do I know the proper tire pressure for my tire?
The proper tire pressure is NOT located on the tire. This value is the maximum pressure. Please don’t put 50 psi in your tire.
Close up of the tire placard sticker on the door or door frame which has some useful info like proper tire pressure.
If all else fails, the average is 33psi.
If you see this ORANGE symbol light up on your dashboard, it means your tire pressure is low. If you don’t have this feature check tire pressure every time (of higher importance in winter) you fill up on gas and add air if necessary.
Good luck and godspeed!
Patrice Banks is founder of Girls Auto Clinic out of Philadelphia. For more information about Patrice, or her Auto Clinic, please visit http://girlsautoclinic.com.