Spring is around the corner.
The ground has thawed. Birds are chirping. The sun is still in the sky after 6 p.m.
For many cities across the United States, that means streets are now filled with a new array of cracks, bumps and potholes. These seasonal changes to the road lead to new hazards for motorists.
"Potholes can pack a powerful punch, adversely affecting a vehicle's handling and performance," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council (CCC). "If you hit one, be sure to look for the warning signs of damage and have your vehicle inspected to ensure safe, dependable operation."
The CCC recently released the results of a survey that indicate only one-third of drivers stop to check their vehicles after hitting a pothole.
Three critical safety systems could be damaged following contact with a pothole. View the slideshow to see what the CCC states should be examined.