Pothole warning that could save you thousands

A car expert has given advice on what not to do when you are about to go over a pothole.

The warning could save you thousands of pounds according to expert James O’Malley who said you should ‘never slam on the brakes’ as you actually go over it.

Potholes are expected to appear more widely on roads across Merseyside as we move into the warmer months.

The change in temperature and humidity commonly opens up cracks in the surface which if driven over can cause damage to your car.

However, remembering the one key aspect to the way you drive could mitigate further damage.

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James O’Malley of UK car leasing firm Select Car Leasing said: “Of course, you want to scrub off as much speed as you possibly can before hitting a pothole.

“But you should never slam on the brakes as you actually go over it. When you brake, your car nosedives forwards, compressing the suspension.

“If your car is already lurching forward as you hit a road crater there’s little play left in the suspension, meaning it can no longer properly absorb an impact.

“And that means you could actually increase the amount of pothole damage that occurs.

“You should instead come off the brakes, keep a firm grip of the wheel and aim straight ahead – making sure you stop, when safe to do so, to check for any damage.”

Pothole advice by car expert

Drivers have received in the region of £2 million in insurance payouts over the past five years – because of potholes on Liverpool’s roads.

To successfully claim compensation claimants need to prove that the council has neglected or breached its legal duty to maintain the Highways.

Mr O’Malley added: “You should also try to avoid turning the steering wheel while heading into a pothole, as this can again place extra stress on steering and suspension components.

“The aim is to identify the threat before it’s too late, giving you time to slow down properly – though that’s admittedly harder said than done in a real-world driving scenario.”

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Another thing to get right is your tyre pressures, with under or over-inflated tyres potentially exacerbating pothole damage.

Mr O’Malley said: “Properly inflated tyres – not too soft, not too hard – is one of the best ways to limit pothole damage.

“If your tyre pressure is too high, the impact of a pothole isn’t transferred properly through the wheel and it’s more likely to damage your vehicle’s suspension. This can result in damaged track rod ends, broken coil springs or even bent suspension wishbones.

“Remember that the ambient air temperature actually affects the pressure inside your tyres, with a potential swing of around 4 PSI when we go from cold to warm weather.

“That’s really important to consider now that the weather outside is noticeably warmer than a few weeks ago.”

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