Guide to Dealing with Winnipeg Potholes
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:
- Take your foot off the brake
- Roll over the hole at a low speed
- 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.