The Often Overlooked Winter Hazard: Potholes

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Driving Tips on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 1:21 pm

BUMP!  POP!  BOOM!  You know exactly what that sound means.  Potholes tend to form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall — as they have this winter — the moisture expands and contracts, ultimately resulting in broken up pavement, which is then continually impacted by the weight of passing cars.

An ever occurring hazard during your commute and travels, potholes wreak havoc not only on America’s roadways, but to driver’s vehicles as well. Often treated as an annoyance instead of a hazard, these craters can take a huge chunk out of your wallet if you’re not careful. AAA reports that damage from potholes reaches $3 billion per year in the United States. Damage includes tires, rims, suspension and even body damage.  Yikes!  What can we do to prevent this happening while we are driving?

Be aware.  Sounds simple right?  But keeping your eyes on the road in front of you, as well as those around you, can help avert a crisis.  If you notice odd driving behavior or swerving from other drivers, know they could be trying to avoid a pothole or other road hazard. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings will allow you to react calmly and safely, avoiding overcorrection. 

If you can’t avoid hitting a pot hole, first make sure you slow down. Keep your tires aligned to drive straight through it rather than turn into it to minimize potential threats.   Speeding or braking hard going over a pothole will expose you to damage that could leave you on the side of the road.  Low speed and control are the two best ways to prevent damage.

Although we want you to get to your destination safely, we realize that at times, potholes can be a frustrating hazard to work through.   If you have damage or a concern, call our Body Shop at 859-260-2624. We look forward to having one of our technicians inspect the damage and guide you through the repair process.  Experience the difference at Don Jacobs.

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