Protect Your Vehicle from Pittsfield Potholes

We would argue that the only things more common in Pittsfield than Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are potholes. It would be one thing if they were just unpleasant, but they can cause a multitude of issues ranging from flat tires to suspension issues. It would be great if we could park our cars until the potholes disappeared, but we all know that's not realistic, which is why we're writing this post!

 

Driving Tips:
First things first, you need to avoid hitting potholes as much as possible. Seems obvious, we know, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth mentioning. Best way to avoid potholes is to make sure there is space between you and the driver ahead of you. The more space between you, the more time you have to notice the pothole and safely dodge it. 

Next, slow down! This will help you not only with the dodging, but will reduce the risk (and/or severity) of damage done to your vehicle if you hit one. That being said, make sure you do not brake directly over the pothole- that can actually cause more damage. Slow down prior to the pothole, maintain your speed over it, and make sure you have a tight grip on the steering wheel so you don't lose control of your vehicle.

See Something, Say Something!
Picture this: you’re commuting through Pittsfield and see a really bad pothole. Do you know how to report it? There are 3 ways:
  • Visit the City of Pittsfield Website and select “Report an Issue” in the lower right corner
  • Call the Highway Department at (413) 499-9314 with the location of the pothole, your name and phone number (in case they require further information).
  • Use the PittSMART Mobile App and report it straight from your smartphone! It’s available for iOS and Android devices through iTunes and Google Play.


Common Issues:
As we said before, potholes can cause all different kinds of damage to your vehicle. Be sure to check your tires and wheels frequently: potholes can cause bubbles on your tire, tread separation, or even a flat tire. They can also lead to dents, chips and cracks in your wheels which will effect the way your car handles. 

Tires and wheels unscathed? That’s great, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any damage done- your alignment might have taken a hit. But how do you know? The easiest way to recognize this is to turn your steering wheel so your tires are straight. Is your steering wheel centered with your hands at “10 and 2”? If not, your alignment is off. Another way you might detect it is if you’re driving on a straight away, but you notice your car pulling one way or the other- that could be an indication of your alignment being thrown off. No matter the severity, you do want to get it taken care of: misalignment can cause shaking, poor steering, or premature/irregular wear on your tires.

Last, but certainly not least, is your suspension: it’s designed to absorb impact and provide you with a smooth driving experience. What do you think sudden sharp, harsh bumps do to this all-important system? Hopefully nothing serious, but you should an experienced mechanic take a look at your vehicle if it’s not handling the way it should.

Need your vehicle looked at? Our Service Department is here to assist you! Call (413) 997-2277 to schedule an appointment or use our online scheduler, anywhere, anytime

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