What Actually Happens To Your Car When You Hit A Pothole

Potholes. Big or small they’re always an inconvenience. Some maybe more than others. The small ones probably just send your coffee spilling over the top of your mug while the big ones may pop one of your tires (a new tire if you’re really unlucky). Either way, they’re something we try to avoid on the road but what really happens to your car as you drive over them?

Thanks to YouTube channel Warped Perception, you can actually see what impact a pothole has on a car’s suspension in 4K and slow motion so that you can really soak in the damage. You can watch a Mercedes E-class that is stripped down to almost the bare body hit a massive pothole. As you can imagine, it’s not a pretty site. By the time you get to the end of the video, you can see that the subframe is bent and basically every piece of the suspension is a goner. And if the hits were as tough as they looked, the shock towers might not be doing so hot either.

So now you know how your car reacts each time you hit one of those dreaded potholes and hopefully next time (if you weren’t already) you’ll try extra-hard to avoid them.