Practice Makes Perfect

Since spring --they claim -- is in the air, it's time to take a walk.

Off We Go
For starters, stroll around your car and inspect the tires. Be on the lookout for air bubbles in their sidewalls, especially if you've experienced a slight shimmy in your steering. These egg-sized blisters indicate irreparable damage, and the wheel itself may be dented as well. Blame winter's record-setting pothole problems, and replace that tire for safety's sake. 
       
Bubble Trouble
  
Wheel took a hit, too. 

Into the Wild Blue Yonder
When it comes to potholes, an ounce of anticipation is worth a pound of cure. Paul Korzinski Sr., whose name graces our Volvo dealership, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He advises today's drivers to think like paratroopers past and opt for a soft landing. Jumpers who kept their legs rigidly straight often suffered injuries when they landed. Slamming on the brakes when you hit a pothole makes for a similarly unhappy landing. If you have the luxury of time, brake before you get to the pothole...but then release the brake. Resist the temptation to accelerate at this point and let your tires roll through the crater.
This maneuver may take a little practice; but once you've mastered the trick, you're gliding into home, free. 

 
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