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Why You Should Always Have Your Car Checked After Hitting a Pothole

The joys of spring are right around the corner—but with them, unfortunately, come those rim-rattling hazards that every driver dreads: potholes.

But why do potholes pop up?

Potholes are caused by repeated freezing and thawing cycles and occur when water seeps into cracks in the ground, freezes, expands and then pushes out chunks of pavement. Potholes wreak havoc on roads more frequently as winter turns to spring due to the freezing and fluctuating temperatures during this time.

While seasoned drivers have become adept at bobbing and weaving around potholes, sometimes a hit is inevitable. If and when you do hit a pothole, it's crucial that you pull over as soon as it's safe, to check your car for any visible damage.

There are, however, a few signs to look out for when you think your vehicle has damage from a pothole.

These signs of pothole damage to look for include:

Even if there are no apparent signs that something's wrong, there's still a chance that your vehicle has suffered internal damage. If left unrepaired, this kind of damage can lead to a ripple effect on your vehicle down the road—and we mean that literally.

Long-term effects of pothole damage to a car can include:

It can be difficult for the average driver to spot something like car suspension damage, so it's best to have an experienced auto care professional inspect your vehicle as soon as possible after a pothole encounter. Doing so just might help save you from costly damage to your car's most valuable parts.

Rather than ignoring a pothole encounter and hoping for the best, stop by your nearest Mavis Discount Tire to have your vehicle checked for pothole damage and to talk to our driving experts about alignment services, inspection services, and complete car services alignment services, inspection services, and complete car services. Call us at 1-877-684-7365 or visit us at Mavis Discount Tire today to browse our selection.