Anyone who has driven around Missoula lately has noticed two things. Lots of snow piles and potholes! With all of the freezing and thawing — and freezing and thawing — potholes are everywhere this year. And not only are they annoying, they can put a strain on your wallet by causing damage to your rig.
Pothole damage can be costly. In fact, ABC news reports that the insurance industry estimates that pothole damage sets motorists back almost $5 billion a year on auto repair costs due to potholes.
If your vehicle hits one of those pesky potholes, especially one that’s deep, it can definitely damage your car. Here are a few ways how:
- Tire wear, damage, or even puncture
- Damage to wheel rims
- Premature wear on shocks and struts
- Steering system alignment issues
- Suspension damage, including broken components
- Damage to the undercarriag
- Engine damage
The best prevention for pothole problems is to avoid them if you can. If you take the same routes on a daily basis, know where the pothole are and avoid them if you can. If you’re driving an unfamiliar road, keep a keen eye on the road ahead and leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you so that potholes can be more easily spotted — and avoided.
When the dreaded encounter with a nasty pothole does occur, it’s important to get your car checked out – sooner rather than later. Schedule an appointment to get your can in for a check as soon as possible. Roemer’s auto technicians can diagnose any pothole damage and get any problem corrected before it becomes a more costly auto repair down the road.