Here are some safety tips from www.weather.com :
- Leave plenty of room in front of your vehicle so you can avoid potholes without getting into an accident.
- If you can’t avoid a pothole, slow down before you hit it. But don’t brake directly over a pothole, which can actually cause more damage.
- When driving over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
- Use caution when driving over a puddle of water because it might be a particularly deep pothole in hiding.
- The car pulling toward the left or right, instead of going straight, which could indicate an alignment problem.
- Uneven tire wear, which could indicate an alignment problem.
- Low tire pressure.
- Bulges or blisters on the tire sidewalls.
- Dents in the wheel rims.
- Loss of control, swaying when making turns, bouncing excessively on rough roads, or bottoming out on city streets, which could indicate problems with the steering or suspension.
TIP: If you encounter a pothole, you should report it to your city, county or state transportation authorities. In some cases, your state, county or city may actually reimburse you for some of the repair costs.