I was driving along in my cruiser recently and hit a pot hole. It was a new hole formed from recent rain. The pavement was still intact, it has just sunk a few inches. Because the pavement is there it is a deceptive hole that is hard to detect. It’s also right next to a storm drain grate in the middle of the road.
I hit the hole and there was a bone jarring jolt as the wheel slammed into it. It took me a second to assess the car and realize it still handled okay. I didn’t just destroy the rim or the steering. As I slowed to a stop, a movement out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. When I looked over, I saw the hub cap from my tire pass me. It rolled by and then without any regard for the stop sign, it rolled into an intersection. Despite approaching traffic the hub cap managed to avoid getting run over and it even boomeranged back to me.
The hub cap came to rest nearby and I was able to reattach it to my car. The hub cap survived, the rim was still round, and the steering still worked. Crisis averted.