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What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

Andy Mohr Collision Center Blog

Posted: November 26, 2018

If you live in an area that experiences inclement weather, then you know what a pothole feels like. It’s happened to us all, right? You’re driving along enjoying your morning coffee or perhaps bopping along to your new favorite song when you feel the tire dip into a gaping wound in the road in the Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, or Bloomington areas.

At Andy Mohr Collision Center, we offer a comprehensive menu of repair services that can assist you if you’ve done some damage by accidentally driving into a pothole. Sometimes, they’re unavoidable and we get that. If you fall into the category of people who’ve had to poor luck to miss dodging a pothole, we can help.

What to Do Next

If you see a pothole approaching and you can’t swerve around it, then you’ll want to slow down as much as possible, without hitting your brakes in the hole itself. While you’re going over the pothole, you’ll want to firmly grip the wheel, so you can better control your vehicle.

The first step after hitting a pothole is to pull your car off the road safely, as you want to make sure that the pothole has not damage your wheels or tires. Drive again, only after you’ve ensured that your vehicle is undamaged. If it is damaged, call for roadside assistance or tow service. Do not attempt to drive on damaged tires or rims. Also, report the pothole as soon as possible, because only then can it be repaired.

What Can Hitting a Pothole Do to My Car?

There are various car parts that can be damaged as a result of dipping into an unexpected pothole, such as:

  • Tires and Wheels – Not only does a pothole have the power to pop a tire, but it can also bend or dent your rim considerably, thus causing more damage to your tire.
  • Damage to Your Undercarriage – If you hit a pothole recently and are now noticing a leak from under your car, the pothole could have done that damage.
  • Exhaust Issues – A pothole could seriously damage your entire exhaust system either from hitting the rim of the hole itself or from loose gravel around the pothole causing issues

Our Service Solution

With seeing the damage that a pothole can do to your vehicle, you’re probably ready to go over your car with a fine-toothed comb. Why don’t you let us do that instead? With a team of fully certified and highly trained professionals, we’re well equipped to handle all of your pothole service and maintenance needs, whether you’ve hit a pothole or you just noticed something different.

We offer four convenient locations to serve you as well as handy online scheduling from the comfort of your own home. Don’t wait for pothole damage to show up. Bring your car over to us to get checked out before its allowed to do worse damage from neglect.

Schedule Your Service Today

With damage from a pothole in the Fishers, Plainfield, Indianapolis, or Bloomington, you may need professional servicing and we’re the people for the job. Our team, at every location, is more than ready to take care of whatever your vehicle may need here at Andy Mohr Collision Center.

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