One of the central points of taking your car on holiday with you is that you get to go to whichever new place you like at any time. This means learning to navigate new roads but also, unfortunately, the hazards that come with them.
Particularly when you are driving in areas such as the countryside, you may find that some roads have been left somewhat neglected and are riddled with potholes and other damage. Especially after the winter earlier this year saw more havoc wreaked on roads than usual and local councils struggling to keep up with the repairs needed.
These problems with roads could have an adverse effect on your vehicle. As your tyres are the only part of your car to come in direct contact with the road, you need to familiarise yourself with what these damaged roads can do to them as well as your steering and wheel alignment. If you understand this then you will be more familiar with what you can do to repair your vehicle and hopefully you won’t see a dampener put on your holiday by this issue.
If you hit a particularly large pothole – the clunk of metal should be a good indicator as to how well your car has taken to it – then you should find a safe place to pull over and check the condition of your tyres. However, be aware that certain damage, such as a puncture, may not be immediately apparent.
One of the things that drivers may notice while the vehicle is still in motion, however, is that the wheel alignment may have been affected. If you start to feel your steering pulling to one side then this suggests it has been damaged.
When you stop you car, look over your tyres for bulges, bumps and tears as the impact with a pothole can weaken the structure of a tyre and these characteristics can be a sign that this has occurred.
In the days following driving over a pothole, drivers should keep an eye on the air pressure in their tyres as they may notice it decreasing, even if they have recently refilled it. This could be suggestive of a puncture.
If drivers incur damage to their vehicles because of roads that are in disrepair then they could book in for a Pothole Buster deal as this will see them refitted with a new set of ATS tyres. The benefit of booking in with a company that has centres nationwide is that they can get their wheel fixed while they are still on their holidays, meaning they don’t need to cut their trip short or limp through with a damaged set of tyres.
Continuing to drive with damaged tyres is particularly dangerous as if the structure is weakened then this raises the chances of a blowout occurring. The likelihood of this happening is increased further when the car is travelling at speed, such as on motorways and dual carriageways, when the heat inside the tyres and the strain on it are heightened.