Pothole season is here

THORNHILL, ON, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Pothole season has arrived early this year. For some drivers, pothole season comes with a hefty price tag. Damage to your vehicle could mean costly repairs.

The parts of your car that may be damaged include: wheel alignment, mufflers, wheel rims/hubcaps, tires, suspension components and shock absorbers.

CAA SCO recommends the following driving tips: 

  • Keep your speed down.
  • Be cautious when roads are wet, as there may be a pothole under that puddle.
  • Be extra careful at night when potholes are hard to see.
  • Watch for cyclists swerving to avoid potholes.
  • Keep tires properly inflated. An improperly inflated tire increases the chance it will burst when it hits a pothole.
  • Have tires, wheels and suspension components of your vehicle inspected frequently if you drive over potholes.
  • And if you must go over a pothole, go slowly and don't hit the brakes or you may compound the damage.

If you think your vehicle has been damaged by a pothole take it to a CAA Car Care Centre or Approved Auto Repair Service facility where it can be serviced if necessary.

There are more than 200 CAA approved facilities in South Central Ontario. For the names and addresses visit www.caasco.com/automotive/auto-repair/

To report a pothole on a local or regional road, contact the municipality involved. In the City of Toronto, call 311 or click on www.toronto.ca/311/

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5 million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO,sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist,jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.

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