Each year, during our rainy season throughout the country, the roads quickly become pockmarked with holes (big and small) that can cause extensive damage to your car and tyres. According to research done by the AAA in America, it is estimated that drivers there typically spend $5 billion a year on vehicle repairs stemming from pothole damage.
This is a considerable amount of money and unfortunately this is a global phenomenon. With this year’s higher than average rain fall predicted in Zimbabwe, it certainly is starting to feel like we’ve reached a whole new level in potholed roads.
Don’t be a statistic, let Trentyre Zimbabwe help you with advice on how to avoid the pain of repair costs and share valuable information on your tyres, which is one of the first lines of defense against a pothole.
Potholes occur after water, which has managed to seep into the cracks and fractures of the tarred roads, moves the dirt and gravel layers around and eventually holes form under the surface of the road. Ultimately, the surface layer of tar collapses, causing the huge, car-damaging divots. This inevitable decay has made roads in summer chaotic minefields that can send many drivers running to car and tyre repair shops all over the country; and, unfortunately, the cost of those repairs is the driver’s responsibility.
Hitting a pothole with your car can cause a great deal of damage, particularly to the tyres, rims, suspension and chassis, not to mention the wheel and steering alignment. Obviously, your best course of action is to avoid hitting any potholes; however, that’s not always possible. Trentyre have a list of simple and affective tips to keep in mind to help avoid potholes and minimise vehicle damage:
Firstly, inspect your tyres. The tyre is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. If you are not sure of the wear and tear on your tyres visit any Trentyre branch and ask for a tyre assessment. One of the first things they will check for is if your tyres are properly inflated to the correct pressure. If a tyre is too soft it handles poorly and in a sudden bump may rupture if the wheel rims pinch it against the jagged edge of the pothole. Over-inflated tyres are just as susceptible to damage and can also compound possible damage to your car’s suspension.
All quality brands, like GoodYear and Sava tyres, which Trentyre stock, have the recommended pressure for that particular make available. Tyre pressure recommendations can also be found in your vehicle user manual or the sticker on the driver’s door jam. They will also check the tread depth; this is important for grip and avoiding a puncture. If you do happen to have hit a pothole and want to be safe, Trentyre will also check your tyres for any side wall damage. This usually occurs during impact with the sharp edge of the pothole on impact.
The next thing that Trentyre will assess is wheel alignment. Hitting a pothole can knock a car’s wheels out of alignment and affect the way your vehicle steers. If the car is pulling and favouring the left or right hand side, then you must have your vehicle inspected by a qualified technician.
Daniel Perlman, Managing Director of Trentyre Zimbabwe, “Currently potholes are a very real issue, we would like our customers to know that should they be unsure about the state of their tyres they are welcome to pop into any Trentyre branch around the country for some expert advice from our highly qualified technicians. Safety is important to us”.
General tips to avoid damage to your vehicle include:
Trentyre branches can be found in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru and Mutare.
177 Erith Road
Tel: (+236-4) 660536 – 7
Cell: (+263-776) 740731-2
15 Plumtree Road
Tel: (+263-9) 17832/4
1848 Coventry Road
Tel: (+263-54) 227507
2 Simon Mazorodze Street
Tel: (+263-20) 64347 / 68384