In an ideal world, we would all be able to drive along roads that are perfect maintained and in great condition. Unfortunately, this is more often than not impossible, especially in major cities where it becomes a major chore to try and keep well-traveled roads pothole free. A simple crack or chip in the tarmac can quickly turn into a sizeable hole when thousands upon thousands of cars cross over that damage on a daily basis. We have all experienced that bone rattling feeling that comes with hitting a pothole in Caloundra, and some of you may even have the big mechanic bill to go with it.
Given that drivers are well aware that the roads are not as smooth as they would like, a lot of attention is paid to looking out for those potholes, but they are not always that visible. Driving at night or in area that have no streetlights often means running into potholes because you simply cannot see them. The same rules apply when you are driving in inclement weather or in bumper to bumper traffic where it becomes nearly impossible to see the road ahead. It is in those driving conditions when you can do some real damage to your car.
The funny thing with hitting a pothole is that we often breathe a sigh of relief after the fact, especially when it feels as though no real damage has been done. The problem here is that the damage is not always immediately apparent, and it’s not until days or weeks later when the car starts to wobble or shudder under normal driving conditions that you start to realize that something is amiss. By the time you get your car into the mechanic for a check-up, you may have well passed the point of a simple fix.
Having a wheel alignment done may well fix the problem if you get it attended to soon after the collision with the pothole, but waiting some time and allowing the damage to continue worsening may end up hitting you in the pocket harder than any pothole ever could. You are potentially looking at hundreds of dollars in repairs to the wheels, suspension, and more, and all because you were unable to avoid a nasty little hole in the road. We have all done it, so it’s definitely something that you are going to need to deal with sooner or later.
The key to keeping your vehicle in the best shape possible is to pay regular maintenance visits to your mechanic. We all maintain our own health by submitting to regular check-ups with the doctor, which is essentially what you are doing for your car with these maintenance calls. Oil changes, wheel alignments, and other simple yet critical check-up can extend the life of your car, whilst also making it that much safer to drive. That you may also be avoiding costlier issues is the future is simply the icing on the cake.