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What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Speed bumps are necessary for controlling the velocity of our driving in subdivisions, on school property, and anywhere else where normal driving can threaten the health and safety of pedestrians. Extreme caution is warranted when driving over them, as they can result in damage done to your vehicle if proper precautions are ignored.

The first thing that can get damaged is your shocks. This is true in situations where you could be driving over a speed bump so fast that the shocks don't have much time to really absorb the heavy impact. As a result, they could become damaged or bent to the point that you could lose hydraulic fluid. That's why it's best to drive over them at the lowest possible speed that you can.

Damage to your vehicle's exhaust system may also happen. Since the exhaust pipe is located at the bottom of your car and right at the rear, it could just as easily bump it to the point where it might break the exhaust pipe or tear off the muffler. These events happen in many cases where you are driving so fast over a speed bump that the exhaust pipe hits the ground hard enough to result in significant damage to the mounts that are designed to absorb the impact of normal driving. Again, extreme caution is strongly advised.

Your tires are also impacted by the blows delivered by driving too fast over speed bumps. They can face a lot of wear and tear, especially at the sidewalls. If you accelerate too fast over a speed bump, you are in danger of a tire blowout, which means that you'd need emergency roadside service immediately. And even if it doesn't, getting your tires checked for damage is something that should be done as soon as possible.

These are just a few of the damages that are often incurred as the direct result of accelerating over a speed bump. Anytime you sustain damage to your car, getting it repaired by a professional is a must.

If you need vehicle repair, we invite you to bring your car into our shop today!