How to drive on bad roads and save the car

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May 16, 2022, 6:30 p.m. | Auto

Expert advice.

How to drive on bad roads and save your car

How to drive on broken asphalt or primer and at the same time not damage the car, informs Ukr.Media.

Reduce speed

If you see a speed limit sign, rough road, or repair, drop your speed in advance to be ready for maneuvers. Pits, cut asphalt and other troubles can await you ahead. The principle “higher speed means fewer potholes” apply only to areas with small potholes. But even if you're driving an SUV and the interior shakes a little, that's no reason to accelerate: the load on the tires, suspension parts, and steering control increases greatly.

Use the brakes correctly

You can't brake to a complete stop in front of a pit – immediately before a bump, you need to release the brake pedal, then the springs are released, relieving the front axle and reducing the load on the suspension and wheels.

Be more careful in puddles and ruts

A large puddle can hide a deep hole, so you should drive through such areas carefully not only because of the risk of aquaplaning or water getting into the engine air intake. The same applies to the rut in which water accumulates. At high speed, you can float and lose control. Experts recommend taking your time and skipping puddles and wet ruts between the wheels.

Do not accelerate on dirt

The main danger here is sharp stones that can easily cut tires. Sometimes there are ravines, where at high speed you can touch the bumper or engine crankcase. On a road covered with crushed stone, you can damage the paintwork of the body.

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