Melting Snow Gives Way To Potholes
WASHINGTON--March 23, 2014: As winter snows recede, an epidemic of potholes has broken out across the nation, luring unsuspecting motorists and their vehicles into concrete or asphalt traps, causing damaged wheels, suspensions and tires.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S., is urging motorists to be extra careful to avoid potholes that can ruin tires or jar a vehicle out of alignment.
"Potholes are a driving hazard that can cause significant damage to your vehicle and ruin a tire," said Dan Zielinski, RMA senior vice president, public affairs. "Motorists should be extra careful to avoid potholes but if you hit one, you need to have your vehicle and tires checked for damage."
Potholes can puncture a tire and cause immediate disablement. Sometimes, pothole damage may not be apparent at first until a motorist notices noise or vibration that indicates internal damage.
"If you notice a change in your vehicle after hitting a pothole, have it inspected immediately," Zielinski said. "Hitting a pothole can affect wheel alignment. If you notice your car pulling to one side after hitting a pothole, it may indicate an alignment issue. Failure to address faulty alignment could cause uneven and premature tire wear."
To help motorists understand the threat potholes pose to tires, RMA has produced a short video, "Tire vs. Pothole" plus a "Tire Care Minute" on alignment and other information to help motorists to Be Tire Smart.