Automotive

Published on April 6th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Potholes Cause Traffic Jams & Accidents, So Please Be Aware

We are urging motorists to be cautious around potholes. We know the hazards associated with potholes because we see it in our daily driving/work – cars sitting on the side of the road, blown tires creating unsafe conditions and traffic congestion slowing the movement of traffic.

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The damages from potholes can come in the form of bent wheels, blown tires and suspension damage and have impacted drivers in all vehicles in and around Klang Valley.

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Potholes can cause extensive damage to your vehicle and create unsafe conditions for everyone on the road and this is why we want our town councils to fully fund infrastructure repairs with proper diligence and we urge all drivers and even motorcyclists to stay safe by remaining alert and paying attention to potholes in their communities.

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Here are some tips in order to keep your family safe and avoid unnecessary car maintenance costs when faced with potholes:

  • Report Potholes: Many cities and states have pothole reporting hotlines. One phone call could help create safer conditions for fellow motorists.
  • Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road. If traveling with any children, make sure they too are properly secured with a seatbelt.

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  • Properly secure every item in your vehicle: Try to suitably secure all objects and do not place anything on your lap or near the driver’s side floor. A pothole can cause improperly secured items to slide under the brake pedal and prevent you from stopping.
  • Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front to avoid debris from potholes that might kick up into your windshield.

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  • When sharing the road with large trucks/buses and even MPV, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the large vehicle driver can’t see you.
  • Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents, and can keep you from avoiding potholes in your path. Two seconds of distracted driving creates unsafe conditions. Use your cell phone only when you have stopped and never text while driving.

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