CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

March 25, 2010 11:00 ET

Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut: CAA North & East Ontario’s Tips for Avoiding Damage Caused By Potholes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) - As the winter months give way to spring's milder temperatures, Canadians everywhere can look forward to sunshine, patios…and potholes! This spring, CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) has some helpful tips for motorists looking to avoid the damage that potholes can cause to their vehicles, and, by extension, their wallets.

  • Check your tire pressure regularly. Keeping your tire pressure constant can go a long way in minimizing damage to your wheels and tires from potholes. Having a tire gauge around the house is also a great idea, as pressure readings are most accurate before the car is driven. Driving causes the tires to heat up, increasing the pressure and changing the reading. 
  •  If possible, don't swerve to avoid a pothole. Swerving can result in the front wheel of your vehicle hitting the pothole at an obtuse angle, causing more damage than if it is hit head on. 
  • Avoid sudden braking if you see a pothole, as braking transfers the car's weight onto the front two tires, thereby increasing the severity of the damage.
  • If your tire does lose air after an unfortunate pothole encounter, when it is safe to do so pull over to the side of the road in order to minimize the chance of wheel damage. Make sure to keep a well maintained spare tire in your vehicle at all times, and have your CAA membership card handy should you require any roadside assistance.

Ontario's winter climate ensures that potholes are a fact of life. However, with these helpful tips from CAANEO you can prepare yourself for the inevitable each spring and summer, and save yourself a lot of headaches, hassle and damage.

For over 100 years, the Canadian Automobile Association has provided Travel, Emergency Road Services, Insurance, and Advocacy for its Members. CAA North & East Ontario continues to be the leading membership organization by recognizing and promoting its heritage and integrity in the community, while maximizing Members' value.

Contact Information

  • CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)
    Ciara Cronin
    Communications Specialist
    Cell: 613-290-3648