Low Tech Pothole Avoidance Tips
Potholes have been, for over a century, the faithful companions of roads. Wherever there's a round, you can bet you can find a series of smaller or bigger potholes (except the Autobahn, perhaps, where only one pothole would spell not metal crushing against metal, but certain death). It has been so for as long as we can remember in our collective motoring minds, and will keep being so until cars learn to fly.
It's obvious by now that, whatever authorities do, potholes will never go away. They're like the flu: here for ages, and with no plans to go away. So, what's left to do in this cruel world, where you fill one pothole and two other immediately pop up in the most unexpected places?
For one, you can learn to drive. We mean, really drive, not just spin the steering wheel to the right or left, depending on the road. You can learn to look, see, analyze, and act. Or, you can take a look at the list of tips released by GEM Motoring Assist, after it found that half of UK drivers had experienced a crash or near miss whilst swerving to avoid a pothole.
- Always be aware of dangerous potholes on your route home and in your area and, if necessary, find an alternative route.
- Remember to keep your distance from the car in front. Motorists will often break suddenly if they have spotted a pothole too late, so ensure you are far enough away to slow down safely.
- Make sure you stick to the speed limit and drive even slower than normal on smaller roads and residential streets where potholes may be prevalent. Hitting a pothole at speed will cause much more damage to your vehicle.
- Never swerve to avoid a pothole; always slow down or stop completely if necessary checking that there are no cars close behind you – drive over it slowly or manoeuvre around it when it is safe to do so.
- Remember help your local authority and report any dangerous potholes that are causing problems in the area.