Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseEnlarge Photo
Even if you and your vehicle made it through the black ice, snow squalls, and white-outs mostly unscathed, don't forget to schedule a vehicle checkup with your mechanic—especially if your car has been outside in deep snow, or if you've been out driving on some of those worst days. Winter-related vehicle damage could still leave you stranded in weeks or months to come, or it might have adversely affected your car's safety.
And what's most damaging could still be there on your commute: potholes.
According to the Car Care Council, you should watch out for these issues, which might have resulted from pothole damage:
But that's actually just the start. In the rapid freezes and thaws of winter, belts can crack, pulleys can work out of adjustment, hoses and gaskets can develop small leaks, and bushings that were fine in fall can emerge from winter hard and cracked. Do your routine oil and fluid checks a little more often in the coming weeks, but better yet don't forget about routine maintenance.