How to protect your car from sinkholes

The world’s finally about to end, isn’t it? If I’m being completely honest I kind of half believed that whole Mayan mumbo jumbo a while back. However, the recent spate of cars being swallowed by the Earth is far more convincing.

I had never even heard of sinkholes until not too long ago. Now I wake up in a cold sweat worrying that my car might fall into one. It seems that barely a week goes past without a news story about a British family losing their vehicle in one of these car big holes.

Things are even worse in the US. Only recently, staff at the National Corvette Museum saw 8 of their vehicles fall into a giant hole which opened up in the ground. It’s now only a matter of time before the stars start falling from the sky and abundant iniquity starts to raise its ugly head.

I can’t help you protect your car from the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse but I wonder if making sure that it is safe from sinkholes is possible.

Where is the Safest Place?

Sinkhole

Photo credit: NCDOTcommunications

I did some research and it seems that the patches of ground most at risk are beside buildings, as the water which runs off from the buildings is a big factor in these sinkholes forming. This is why so many gardens have had sinkholes appear in them lately.

The good news is that the ground under structures is very rarely affected, as it is protected from the rain. In case you’re wondering, the Corvette Museum incident was a bit different, as the town has big caves running under it.

What all of this means is that inside your house or garage is the safest place for your car, as a sinkhole is unlikely to open up here. Well maintained tarmac roads should also be safer than grassy areas or dirt tracks.

  • Have you had any sinkholes appear near your car?

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