Home > Supplier Companies > Fountain Tire > News > Beware Potholes and the...
Fountain Tire

Beware Potholes and the Damage they Do

Apr 23, 2014
Beware potholes and the damage they do Rim bending, suspension flattening and tire damaging potholes await the unwary driver.
If you are hitting the highway or urban streets this spring thaw, there is a very good chance that your vehicle will strike a serious pothole, cautions Fountain Tire. 
Defensive driving remains the best way to avoid costly front-end damage to suspension systems, rims and tires that can result from hitting a deep pothole. 
Here are some common sense tips from Fountain Tire for motorists who want to avoid or minimize the perils posed by potholes this spring thaw: 
• Slow down. Hitting a pothole at higher speeds increases the potential for damage and loss of control of your vehicle. 
• Look ahead. Watch for potholes by leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This provides more time to safely steer around the road cavity. Before avoiding a pothole always check that the way is clear. 
• Ensure your tires are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. An underinflated tire provides less cushion against a jarring impact and increases the chances of wheel, tire and suspension system damage. (The recommended air pressure is listed in your vehicle manual and on your vehicle placard, which is commonly located on one of the inside door posts, or inside the glove compartment or fuel door.) 
• Watch out for pools of water in the roadway and, when possible, avoid driving through them. An innocent-looking puddle can disguise a deep and dangerous pothole. Driving through a pool of water at speed can also cause hydro-planning. 
• Do not brake when striking a pothole. Braking shifts weight to the front end, causing a harder, more jarring impact. Also, grip the steering wheel tightly. Hard impacts can jolt the steering wheel out of your hands and cause loss of control. 
Potholes form when snow and ice melts into cracks in the asphalt and then freezes, expanding in the cracks. Meanwhile, the frost in the ground pushes up, weakening the asphalt. This then causes the asphalt to break away in chunks and forms the pothole. 
Fountain Tire offers these tips for detecting warning signs of damage: 
• Pothole-related damage to suspension and steering systems can include: an unusually harsh or bouncy ride; vehicle oscillation or swaying while turning and, in extreme cases, loss of control. 
• Symptoms of wheel alignment problems are uneven tire wear; handling problems, such as "pulling" in one direction instead of maintaining a straight path or harsh vibration. Poor alignment also increases fuel consumption, shortens the lifespan of tires and hampers reliable handling. 
• Potholes can also cause visible dents in the rim and bulges or blisters on tire sidewalls. 
“Motorists who hit a serious pothole should play it safe by getting their vehicle’s front end and tires checked out by a professional technician,” says Dave Deley, General Manager, Store Operations for Fountain Tire. “An ounce of prevention after a pothole encounter can save considerable money later on.”

Source: http://www.fountaintire.com/media/upload/04-03-13%20Beware-potholes-and-damage.pdf

Tire Service Truck Technicians

Fountain Tire Saskatoon (2922 Millar Ave) is looking for Commercial Tire Specialists to come join the Fountain Tire family as Full Service Truck Technicians. 

Mining/OTR Tire Technician

Fountain Tire Timmins is looking for that ideal candidate to come work for them as a Full Time Mining/OTR Tire Technician. 

Automotive Tire Technician

Fountain Tire Vaughan (8300 Jane St, Bldg A) is looking for a responsible, safe and dedicated associate to join our team as an Automotive Tire Technician!

Apprentice Service Technician

Fountain Tire White Rock is looking for a responsible, safe and dedicated associate to join our team as an Apprentice Automotive Service Technician!

Commercial Tire Technician

Fountain Tire Winnipeg (140 Warman Road) is looking for a responsible, safe and dedicated associate Commercial Tire Technician to operate a Tire Service Truck. 

Tire Technicians

Fountain Tire Cochrane (208 River Ave)  is looking for a responsible, safe and dedicated associates to join our team as Automotive and Commercial Tire Technicians.

Experienced Service Advisor

Fountain Tire Calgary Sunridge is searching for a friendly and knowledgeable individual to deliver exceptional customer service as a Service Advisor.

Retread Tire Technician

We are searching for a Tire Retread Technician in our Edmonton Retread Plant (3303 97 St NW)!

Manager, Digital

Fountain Tire is looking for an experienced Manager, Digital to join the Marketing team in our South Edmonton Corporate Head Office.  

Manager, Customer Experience

Fountain Tire Ltd. is looking for an experienced Customer Experience Manager to join our Marketing Team, working our of our South Edmonton Office.