|These can be your car's worst enemy while driving|
BAY CITY, Mich., Feb. 15, 2012 – While on our daily commute, most of us encounter at least one nasty pothole, especially those who have to drive down Ridge Road, Johnson Street, and Trumbull Avenue. Aside from the initial jolt from hitting a pothole or the rumbling of driving over a “washboard” patch, the damage to your vehicle can really add up if you don’t properly maintain it. Potholes can even be deadly for motorcyclist and drivers traveling at excessive speeds. At Graff Chevrolet Bay City we want to give you some advice for handling potholes and what you can do for you vehicle after hitting them to keep your vehicle in safe driving conditions.
The first question we often hear is “What is the best way to deal with a pothole?” The answer is to avoid it completely. If you know there’s a big pothole on your daily commute, try finding an alternative route. We know that is easier said than done, but it is the only way to guarantee your vehicle be free of damage. If you have to drive over a pothole, the best way to go about it is to accelerate over it so the weight of the car is shifted to the rear. By hitting the breaks the entire weight of the car is shifted to the front and can result in more damage. Don’t get us wrong… We aren’t condoning speeding, but physics play a major role in your vehicle condition. By accelerating instead of breaking, you greatly reduce the chance of the damage being catastrophic.
|OK this might be a little exaggerated but there are some pretty nasty potholes around the Bay Area|
Another safety tip to keep your vehicle in shape on rough roads is to be aware of pooled water on the road. Not only can pooled water cause a potential hydroplaning situation, but they also can conceal large and dangerous potholes.
Hitting potholes can potentially pop one of your tires and can also affect your vehicles alignment over time. Each time you run over a pothole in your vehicle, the wheels become less aligned. This can cause uneven wear on your tires and cost you extra money in tire replacements and repairs. If you find yourself running over potholes frequently, bring it in the Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center during one of our service specials, Graff Happy Hour, Get Your Tech-On Thursdays, Graff Breakfast Club, and Monday Night Lights for a free multi-point inspection as well as other great discounts. Visit our service specials page for details on these great weekly specials.
Graff Chevrolet is proud to serve the auto dealership needs of cities such as Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, Essexville, Pinconning, Coleman, Sanford, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, St. Charles, Birch Run, and Zilwaukee. We provide exceptional customer service, a warm and friendly environment, auto financing options to fit your budget, and an inventory of great new and used cars, trucks, SUV’s, and crossovers. Our ASE certified technicians at the Graff Chevrolet Service Center service and repair all makes and models both foreign and domestic. Call us at (989) 684-4411 or stop in at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI, 48706 and check out our great GM inventory selection.
Visit our website at www.graffbaycity.com