We have all experienced the dreaded pothole. Formed by the erosion of road surfaces due to stress fractures, these unsightly and undercarriage-rattling depressions have caused endless frustration for drivers since the introduction of paved roads. The damage caused by potholes can be costly for fleets and dangerous for drivers.
Recent icy conditions across the country will most likely make existing potholes far worse and lead to further expenses for commercial drivers and commuters alike. In one recent month, the city of Atlanta paid out more than $6,300 in repair costs to five motorists for the potholes on one city block alone.
To keep your vehicles safe from potholes, here are a few easy tips:
- Keep an eye on the road and leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoiding potholes is much easier when you see them coming.
- Pay special attention in areas with a lot of heavy truck traffic and bus stops. Heavy vehicles produce additional road stress that can exacerbate potholes.
- Avoid swerving to avoid the pothole- you could pose a danger to other drivers.
- If you do end up hitting a pothole, check your tires and make sure no damage has been done to your wheels or car body.
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