Michigan potholes

What causes Michigan Potholes

Winter brings many driving hazards, but one of the most hated is the Michigan pothole. An encounter with one can leave damaged tires, wheels and suspension components in its wake.

Potholes can occur in any region or climate, but at this time of year, they’re especially prominent in areas known for ice, snow and below-freezing temperatures. The freezing and thawing cycles allow moisture to seep into the road surface which causes the road to crumble. 

Michigan Potholes prevention

There’s not much that can be done to prevent the deterioration of the driving surface, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself: 

  • Try to limit your travel to roads you know very well. That knowledge could keep you from hitting a pothole and severely damaging your car.
  • When driving at night, try to drive on well-lit roads so you can see the road surface.
  • Slow down and give yourself a chance to see the pothole and avoid it.
  • If you hit a pothole, carefully inspect your tires and wheels for possible damage. Note how your car handles in the aftermath. If it pulls to one side or if you feel a wobble in the steering, you may need to have your vehicle checked by a mechanic.
  • If you must hit a pothole, do your braking before impact. There’s less damage when a tire is rolling than when it is skidding over a hole during braking.

Signs that you may have damage 

If you find yourself unable to avoid driving through a pothole, check for damage as soon as you can. Auto damage warning signs may be include bulging tires, bent rims, dents or tire leaks. Also, if you notice your car shaking or bouncing, there may be issues with the shock absorption or suspension.

While the damage caused to a car by a pothole may be covered under the collision portion of your Michigan auto insurance policy, there are some things to remember. If the damage is to the tire only, it might not be covered. Damage to the vehicle is subject to the collision deductible.

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