CLEVELAND — Bent rims and punctured tires will drive you crazy. This winter’s intense temperatures have taken an early toll on the nation’s roadways.
As a result, drivers are paying a steep price.
AAA suggests taking some proactive steps to avoid costly repairs from hitting potholes.
To minimize vehicle damage from potholes, AAA East Central offers the following tips:
• Inspect your tires: Properly inflated tires can act as a “cushion” when hitting a pothole.
• Look ahead: Make a point of scanning the road ahead for potholes so you can react in time to avoid hitting a pothole.
• Slow down: If a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely without abrupt braking.
• Beware of puddles: Puddles often disguise deep potholes.
• Recognize noises/vibrations; A hard pothole impact can dislodge wheel weights, damage the tire or wheel, and even break suspension components. Any unusual noises after a pothole hit should be inspected immediately.
• Check for a spare: Many newer cars do not have spare tires. Check to see if your vehicle is equipped with a spare, and make sure to regularly check its PSI.
Some cities like Cleveland let you file a claim for reimbursement. Those claims can be filed with a division in the department of law.
You must fill out a claims form and the department will decide if you’ll be reimbursed. Click here for the form.
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