#11: Don't step on the brake when driving over a pothole.
Winter in Ohio is upon us and with this comes the inevitable potholes. Often, the natural reaction is to stomp on the brakes as you go over the pothole. The suggestion below is that this is probably not the right way to deal with a pothole.
Reason: Hitting the brake as the car goes over a pothole shifts the car's weight forward onto the front wheels. This increases the impact force and can damage the car's suspension and brakes. This can also alter wheel alignment.
Better: Brake before the pothole to slow down the car, then release the brake as you go over pothole and, if necessary, brake right after the pothole.