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A pothole can be your car's worst enemy, these holes or pits on a road's surface can seriously damage a vehicle. Even a relatively small pothole can potentially cause a large amount of damage to your car and can seriously damage a vehicle's suspension. The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) said it predicts a combination of flood damage and cold weather will lead to this staggering number of holes. The AA says in some parts of the country potholes up to six inches deep have been reported forcing drivers to crawl along roads at 15mph when it’s dark.

Shocks and struts control how the vehicle hanhdles and the overall ride control. The shock absorbers, or struts as they are referred to on late-model vehicles, act as a cushion to dampen the bouncing action of a car's springs. The springs absorb the jolts and bumps that the vehicle passes over when driving, without this the vehicle would continually jolt with a lack of control, making driving extremely difficult.

Shocks and struts also control spring and suspension movement to keep the tires in contact with the road. The susppension affects steering, stability and braking.

Potholes cause an estimated £2.8 billion worth of damage to cars every year through axle, suspension, wheel and tyre repairs. So what can motorists look out for to avoid costly damage in the first place?

  • A broken shock or strut could alter the steering and handling of a vehicle and cause driving to become dangerous.
  • The vehicle rolls or sways on turns.
  • The vehicle's front-end dives when braking.
  • The vehicle's rear end squats when accelerating.
  • The vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding, rough road.
  • The vehicle "bottoms out" or thumps on bumps.
  • The vehicle sits lower in the front or rear.
  • The vehicle is leaking or has signs of physical damage, such as rusting or dents.
  • There's a loss of directional control during sudden stops of the vehicle.

If you do drive over a pothole the recommendation is that you have your cars shocks or struts checked to make sure they aren't damaged.

Many components affect a vehicle's handling. Have your car inspected, if you experience any of the above signs and always promote preventive maintenance.

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