Hitting a pothole with your vehicle can do a lot of damage. Of course it’s best to avoid them, but when you can’t, a pothole strike could result in broken struts, shocks, damage to the suspension or engine parts and dents or cracks in the body .
Some damage to your vehicle will be obvious, such as a flat tire, but other damage may not be so visible. It’s possible that your tire’s sidewalls or belts were damaged, or a wheel could be bent or cracked. Even a small pothole could knock your vehicle out of alignment.
If you do hit a pothole, or other road debris, it’s important to get your vehicle checked out by a collision specialist.
If you do have damage, get an estimate, then talk to your insurance agent to see if your policy will cover it. You can also check with your car dealer to see if your tires/wheels are under a protection plan as an option on a long-term warranty. Some plans not only cover damage to tires and wheels, but also damage from nails, glass and other road hazards. Some include dent repair, windshield fixes, labor and towing charges.
When you’re driving on an unfamiliar or rough road -- slow down. Stay alert and keep plenty of distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you. When you can’t avoid a pothole, take your foot off the gas and straighten your steering wheel.
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