Only the smoothest, most recently paved highways are pothole free (sometimes), so chances are that you get to experience the most annoying—and potential dangerous—roadway hazards, potholes. If you’re wise enough to be driving a Chevy, you’re automatically better protected against potholes than all the other drivers sharing the road with you. That’s because Chevy carefully and thoroughly tests their vehicles on a variety of road surfaces at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground. These roads intentionally include a plethora of potholes of all shapes and sizes, which allows Chevy to test the mettle of their vehicles’ suspension systems.
“We have a wide variety of road surfaces that simulate real-world road conditions around the globe,” said Frank Barhorst, supervisor of the Product Usage Measurements and Applications group at the Milford Proving Ground. “The range of test road surfaces goes from good to bad, so that we can find the most balanced condition for each vehicle we develop – and believe me, we’ve created some of the worst potholes you’ve ever seen.”
Chevrolet runs all of their vehicles through these tests, from sedans like the Malibu up to full-size pickups like the impressive and capable Silverado. So, if you’re not yet lucky enough to drive a Chevy, come down to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and find the right vehicle for you. But watch out for potholes!