Dear Danielle: Preventing pothole damage

Dear Danielle: Preventing pothole damage


program is drawing all types of complaints and questions. A viewer recently sent an email to Danielle Serino, writing:

Dear Danielle,

Would you happen to know when the city might start filling the craters? We all are starting to experience car parts being left behind after hitting them.

Cleveland officials say they're filling in potholes now, working on the worst spots first.

In the meantime, here are some tips from AAA for the rocky road ahead:

1.  Inspect your tires. The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure they are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended levels and have enough tread.

2.  Make sure struts and shock absorbers are in good condition. Changes in vehicle handling, excessive vibration or uneven tire wear can indicate bad shocks or struts.

3.  Beware of puddles. A puddle of water can disguise a deep pothole.

4.  Check your alignment. Hitting a pothole can knock a car's wheels out of alignment and affect the steering. If a vehicle pulls to the left of right, have it checked out by a mechanic.

5.  Recognize noises and vibrations. A hard pothole impact can dislocate wheel weights, damage a tire or wheel, and bend or even break suspension components. Any new or unusual noises or vibrations that appear after hitting a pothole should be inspected immediately.

6.  Slow down. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds greatly increases the chance of damaging your tires, wheels and suspension components which can cost hundreds of dollars to repair.

Click here for more information on how you could get reimbursed for pothole damage to your vehicle.

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