Speed bumps are important as they help you to slow down thus preventing you from making an accident. While they are important, they can destroy your car if you don’t tackle them properly.
How bumps can destroy your car
Speed bumps can destroy different parts of your car. The most affected areas are shocks. These are units that absorb road imperfections. While the units are designed to take the pressure, they have their limit. If you hit bumps at high speeds you can cause them to bend in many different ways thus forcing you to buy new ones.
Bumps can also destroy your steering where they can break the steering rack mounts, throw the wheels out of alignment or even cause leaks in the power steering. Car experts have also shown that bumps can also damage your car tires. Tires are designed to touch the ground using only the flat surface. When you don’t tackle the bumps properly you force the sides of the tires to scrape the ground thus damaging them.
Guide on how to properly tackle bumps
The key to avoiding damaging your car is slowing down as you come across a bump. When you slow down you allow your vehicle to have full suspension travel. This not only prevents your car from getting damaged, it also prevents the jarring feeling.
In addition to slowing down, you also need to be cautious of how you approach the bump. The best way of going about it is approaching it at an angle. You should maneuver one wheel to the side first and then approach the bump at an angle. When you get over the bump, slightly turn the wheel the other direction so that you can go over the bump diagonally. This prevents the underside of the vehicle from getting damaged.
Regardless of how careful you are, it’s common to be caught by surprise where you unexpectedly come across a speed bump. When you find yourself in this scenario you should first reduce your speed by slamming on the brakes. To be on the safe side brake to the extent that you are almost stopping and then right before you get to the bump, take off your foot from the brake and let the vehicle gently traverse the bump.