Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Potholes When Driving

Pothole

Potholes are a huge pain for drivers. They not only create an uncomfortable driving experience but also potentially cause expensive vehicle damage. In order to avoid them, make sure you follow these tips, including guidelines regarding how to alert your local municipality of potholes and other road hazards in need of fixing.

  • Scan ahead to keep an eye out for potholes. Staying alert of road conditions is a fundamental and effective way to avoid potholes.

  • Do not tailgate. When you drive too close to other vehicles, it impedes your ability to see the road ahead.

  • Check your tire pressure regularly. This is a good rule of thumb for several reasons, but when it comes to running over potholes, having over- or underinflated tires can result in more damage compared to properly inflated tires.

  • Puddles aren’t as harmless as they appear. They can easily hide potholes, so make an effort to safely navigate around them whenever you can.

  • Remember the location of potholes and avoid those routes or lanes.

  • Use an app like Waze to get and submit pothole warnings.

  • If you have no choice but to run over the pothole, slow your vehicle down as much as you can, as long as it’s safe to do so, and also hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control. In addition, make sure you take your foot off of the brake pedal before hitting the pothole.

  • If you hit a pothole, have your car inspected for damage. Potholes not only affect tires and wheels; in severe situations, they may damage suspension parts and underbody components.

  • Report potholes to the city. You can download the Citizen Request Tracker app to report pothole locations in Frisco as well as other cities around Dallas and beyond. In addition, you can visit the Dallas City Hall website and choose the “Pothole Repair Routine” from the list of service options, then fill out the prompts.
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