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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tips for Handling Potholes


  • Avoiding potholes is the best bet, so slow down and pay attention to road conditions. Keep some distance between you and the car you are following so you have time to react to a pothole up ahead.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the recommended inflation pressure.   Properly inflated tireswill hold up better against potholes than tires that have too much or too little air.
  • If you can’t avoid a pothole, take your foot off the gas and slow down before you hit it. But don’t brake directly while going over a pothole as this can actually cause more damage and result in loss of control over the vehicle.
  • When going over the pothole, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control and drive straight into it. Turning into a pothole exposes more tire sidewall (the side of the tire found between the rim and tread) to potential damage. It’s important to maintain the integrity of the sidewall as it supports the weight of the vehicle and affects overall ride quality.
  • Don’t be fooled by the appearance of a pothole. Use caution always.

While hitting a pothole could blow out a tire instantly, other damage may not be as easy to spot.   There are a few things to watch for:
  • Alignment issues — if when driving straight you feel the car pull toward the left or the right, it could indicate an alignment problem.
  • Uneven tire wear could also indicate an alignment issue.
  • Low tire pressure.
  • Over inflated tires
  • Bulges or blisters on the tire sidewalls.
  • Dents in the wheel rims.
  • Loss of control, swaying when making turns, excessive bouncing on rough roads, or bottoming out on city streets, could all indicate problems with the steering or suspension
If you notice any of these symptoms you’ll want to take your car into a reputable shop to have it checked out.

If you encounter a pothole in your community, be sure to report it through a Call to 3-1-1   

Potholes are created by freeze-thaw cycles in the weather which damage road surface.    Water seeps into small crevices in the surface of asphalt road surface.   Fluctuations in temperature, vibrations and just heavy traffic volumes inflict stress on road surface that may result in potholes. 

The City will need to know when the pothole 
 
*was caused by construction (square or rectangular cut in the road

*is an immediate hazard to people or property

*affects personal accessibility

*is related to traffic issues like traffic signals or traffic signs

Please make all emergency requests for service to 3-1-1.   Should 3-1-1 not be  available, you may contact 613-580-2400 

Other service requests will be assessed as to urgency and tackled as operations permit.