Tyre safety tips for potholes and preventing damage

Tyre safety for potholes

As drivers, we are all too familiar with the menace of potholes on the roads. These pesky craters can wreak havoc on our tyres and suspension systems, leading to costly repairs and potential safety risks. Check out our latest tyre safety tips on minimising pothole damage and find out how seriously it can impact your driving.

Tyre punctures and blowouts

Potholes have severe consequences for your tyres. Hitting a pothole at high speeds can result in tyre punctures or even blowouts. The impact can cause the tyre to rupture, leading to immediate loss of air pressure – so avoid these craters at all costs! It is essential to check for visible signs of damage such as bulges or cuts on the sidewall, as well as check your tyre pressures if you have hit a pothole.

Wheel alignment issues

Potholes can also knock your wheel alignment out of balance. Driving with this misalignment can result in uneven tyre wear, impacting not only the handling of your vehicle but also its fuel efficiency. Regular checks for wheel alignment are crucial to address any issues promptly, ensuring that your tyres perform optimally and last longer. This proactive approach contributes to a smoother driving experience and the overall health of your tyres.

Signs of pothole damage

Identifying signs of pothole damage is crucial in ensuring timely repairs and preventing further complications. Here are some common indicators to watch out for:

Abnormal noise or vibrations

If you notice unusual noises or vibrations after hitting a pothole, it may signify damage to your tyres or suspension system. These signs should not be ignored, as they can indicate underlying issues that require professional inspection and repair.

Vehicle pulling to one side

A vehicle that pulls to one side after encountering a pothole may indicate wheel misalignment or suspension damage. This can affect steering control and compromise overall tyre safety. Seeking prompt attention from a certified technician is crucial to address the issue effectively.

Tips for minimising pothole damage

While encountering potholes is often unavoidable, there are proactive measures you can take to minimise potential damage to your tyres and suspension. Let’s explore some practical tips:

Maintain proper tyre inflation

Keeping your tyres properly inflated is crucial in minimising the impact of potholes. Underinflated or overinflated tyres are more susceptible to damage and can increase the risk of blowouts. Regularly check your tyre pressure and ensure it matches the manufacturer’s recommended levels.

Reduce speed and brake responsibly

Slowing down when approaching potholes can significantly reduce the risk of tyre and suspension damage. Avoid hard braking while hitting a pothole, as it can cause your vehicle to nose-dive and increase the impact on your tyres. Gradually release the brakes before impact to allow your car to absorb some of the force.

If you suspect your tyres may have been damaged due to potholes, Arrow Tyres is happy to provide you with a complimentary tyre check. Potholes are going to be with us for some time, therefore navigating them effectively requires a combination of awareness, preparation, and responsible driving – plus a good pair of glasses if you wear them! Understanding the causes of potholes, recognizing signs of damage, adopting preventive measures and prioritising tyre safety are crucial to protect your tyres and ensure a safer driving experience.

Remember to regularly inspect your tyres, maintain proper inflation, and seek professional assistance if you have concerns about potential damage. Visit our Newhaven garage, get in touch with us, or give us a call at 01273 515128 to ensure your tyres are in top condition for your travels.