Guide to Dealing with Winnipeg Potholes

February 2nd, 2016 by

With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of potholes. Here’s a quick guide on how to deal with them.

How to avoid potholes and minimize vehicle damage:

  • Make sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated.
  • Watch the car in front of you; if they are swerving in their lane, they’re most likely trying to avoid a pothole.
  • Avoid puddles as they may be hiding deep potholes.
  • If you do notice potholes in the road ahead, reduce speed and try to avoid them.
  • Don’t swerve out of your lane as you may find yourself hitting another vehicle instead of the pothole.
  • If you can’t avoid the pothole slow down as much as possible, but don’t break when driving over it as this may cause more damage. You should instead:
  1. Take your foot off the brake
  2. Roll over the hole at a low speed
  3. Hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control

What to do if you hit a pothole:

  • If you do hit a pothole pull over and inspect your vehicle, especially the tires and rims, for damage.
  • If you see a bulge or visible cord material on the tires sidewall it should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • If you notice your vehicle pulling to the side, your alignment may have been affected. Take your vehicle in to have the wheel alignment checked by a qualified technician.

If you notice a particularly bad pothole, visit Winnipeg 311 Online or call 311 to report it.

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