As per the Wikipedia, a pothole is a structural failure in a road surface, caused by failure primarily in asphalt pavement due to the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area.
They are like cancer to the road. They take away everything, from the beauty of the road to the life of the highway and hurt the ones who love the joy of driving. Potholes can damage your vehicle in an instant and leave a mark, symbolising the day you met it. Pothole damages can cost you big money in vehicle repairs and maintenance. Potholes could damage your vehicle's rims, tires, engine, exhaust, steering system and even the suspension.
So, what can you do to stop this from happening? You could hope for people to do their jobs sincerely, which is a long shot, or you could do the following steps to ensure your safety and your car's.
Keep up the pressure
Maintaining the optimal tyre pressure recommended by your car's manufacturer ensures that when you happen to have to drive over a pothole, your car gets less affected by it. Properly inflated tires are the best way to keep your car from getting dents, dings and scratches.
Slow and steady
As per statistics, drivers tend to brake hard or speed, when they see a pothole. Why many do this, nobody knows. Braking hard when a pothole is located on your path can lead to much more than minor dents, it can leave you in a hospital bed, if you aren't careful. The cars behind you could crash onto you and cause a ripple effect on highways. The best thing to do when a pothole is unavoidable is to slow down, slowing down helps reduce the possibilities of any and all accidents.
Avoid puddles like the plague
Come rainy season, Kerala's roads will be full of puddles that usually hides these potholes. They could be hiding a pothole that is few inches lower or lead to the home of the Lord Mahabali, that's how absurd the potholes could be. So, always avoid puddles when you drive. Sure, it could be fun to drive over puddles, but the potholes hidden inside could really wreck your car. If it can't be avoided, slow down and then proceed with caution.
If you ever find a pothole on the road, it is your duty to let the authorities know about it as soon as possible. It is then their responsibility to take care of it for you. Afterall, you do pay a good amount as tax for this exact purpose.