Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - April 2015

 

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Yay, it’s finally starting to get warm! I can hardly wait to get in the gardens. With warm weather after a cold winter we are seeing lots of dreaded potholes on the road. When I’m driving I use a vehicle navigation app called “Waze”. This app alerts to me to potential potholes on the road. If other passengers in vehicles see them they can input the information on where the pothole is. This app works great!

Ontario certainly suffers from potholes, but they are nothing like the potholes I saw when I was in Saskatoon last year. The pothole was the entire lane! I couldn’t believe it. The roads were horrible and you had to be very careful when you were driving. This isn’t to say that we don’t have potholes that are bad here in Ontario; it’s just that I had never seen any quite so bad as I did in Saskatoon. If you see potholes go online to see how to report them. Google “ reporting potholes in _______”. If you do experience damage make sure you go into your local Active Green and Ross to have your vehicle inspected and repaired.

Enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend coming up in May!

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In 2010 The City of Toronto fixed 275,000 pot holes at an approximate cost of $25.00/hole adding up to almost 7 million dollars!

This month's topic: The dreaded pothole.

Before we talk about potholes I wanted to talk about how a pothole is created and why they are traditionally worse in the spring. A pothole is created when water penetrates the top layer of asphalt through cracks in the road. When you get the freezing and thawing of the moisture it forces the pavement up. When vehicles are driving over this weakened surface eventually the asphalt is further broken up dispersed and the soil is also dispersed. Eventually, a big pothole can develop if not dealt with. In the City of Toronto a pothole is repaired within 4 days of being reported. So do your part.

Potholes put a high strain on our vehicles, especially to our tires, wheels and suspension. How fast we are going and the size of the pothole will determine the potential severity in damage. I’m sure many of you have had a bent rim due to hitting a pothole. When there is water in a pothole we can’t see how deep it is, so it is important to be alert and aware when we are driving. If you do get a bent rim or more serious damage try calling your insurance provider, as they will likely pay for the repair. They won’t pay for a tire replacement, as this is a wear and tear item on a vehicle.

What potholes can damage:

  • Tire puncture or wear
  • Wheel rim damage
  • Premature wear on shocks
  • Suspension damage including broken components
  • Steering system misalignment
  • Exhaust system damage

Here are some tips to dealing with potholes.

  • Keeping distance between vehicles so that you can see the road and slow down.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to hit it head on. If you turn the wheel while hitting the pothole you increase the chance of tire sidewall and or rim damage.
  • Pay attention after you’ve hit a pothole. Listen for noises, shimmying, leaks on the ground.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated.

Trying to avoid potholes is the best policy but sometimes it just isn’t possible. Also, we may not notice any major issues after hitting a pothole; however there may be minimal damage that gets worse over time leading to costly repairs. In the spring it is important to do a wheel alignment. This can hopefully help decrease major repairs down the road. Listen to your car, it always talks to you!:-)

 

This month’s photo:  Don’t let this be you!

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A pot hold and what can happen to your wheel rim.

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