Spring has arrived, but it has brought with it a major headache for drivers – potholes. These annoying pits in the road, caused by the wet winter weather, can cause significant damage to your vehicle.

Potholes may seem like a minor inconvenience, but they can cost you a fortune in repairs to tire damage, suspensions and other vehicle parts. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to minimize the damage potholes can cause to your Toyota. Here are some tips for avoiding pothole pitfalls while driving:

  1. Don’t drive through puddles too quickly.

Puddles can conceal deep potholes that can cause significant damage to your car. If you hit a pothole, pull over to a safe spot on the road, check for damage, and change lanes if necessary.

  1. Stay alert on unfamiliar roads.

If you’re driving on an unfamiliar road, be extra careful. You may not be aware of the potholes on this route, so keep your eyes peeled for potential hazards.

  1. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

Maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you, especially on the highway. This will help you spot potholes earlier, giving you more time to react.

  1. Keep up with car maintenance.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires are more likely to suffer damage when you hit a pothole. Shocks and struts in good condition, with properly inflated tires can cushion the blow.

  1. Drive slower in the dark.

Reduce your speed at night to avoid potholes. It is tougher to see them in the dark, and rain or wind can make matters worse.

  1. Know how to hit an unavoidable pothole.

If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down and grip the steering wheel tightly to avoid jerking. Do not brake before hitting a pothole because doing so can cause damage.

Remember, potholes can cause significant damage to your vehicle, so it is important to take precautions to avoid them. If you suspect your car has been damaged, bring it to us at McPhillips Toyota for a check-up. Our Service Department is here to help you keep your vehicle in top shape; call 204-339-9250 to book an appointment!