Pothole season. It’s practically here. And the war against potholes is never ending. Just when one is patched, another crops up. Here’s a few things random things about these crumbling concrete holes of horror.
1.) There is a pothole website for all your pothole inquiries. Stats and statistics on potholes galore. For example, did you know that Michigan doesn’t have a city on their list of percentage of roads that ranked “poor”? Scary! But true. See for yourself. www.pothole.info/the-facts/
2.) Potholes are formed by the elements. Water, heat, time and wear & tear. Ice moves rock (asphalt), bigger vehicles may tear up loose asphalt over time, heat expands cracks, etc etc. The list of possibilities is endless. For those of us with four seasons or an excessive amount of traffic (looking at you Los Angeles, CA), potholes are common.
3.) According to AAA, pothole damages cost U.S. drivers $15 billion dollars in vehicle repair over the last five years from 2016. (Source: https://www.tsp2.org/2016/02/29/aaa-finds-pothole-damage-costing-us-drivers-3b-a-year-for-vehicle-repairs/)
Damages may include, bent rims, blown tires, suspension destruction, wrecked fenders, etc etc. Just to name a few.
4.) Also according to the kind folks at AAA, avoiding potholes altogether is your best course of action. Be sure to monitor the road at all times, slow down and carefully go over a pothole if it cannot be avoided. Be sure to inspect your vehicle if you should drive over a pothole in case any damage may have occurred. (Source: http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/automobiles/car-care-and-maintenance/potholes/)
5.) A filled pothole may be a good pothole but a freshly filled pothole can make a mess! Should you drive over a freshly filled pothole, its best to consider getting your vehicle rinsed off at the least. Pothole filling (mostly asphalt rock and tar) can get into your tire wells and suspension components and make a mess. Addressing it sooner than later can make for an easier to clear vehicle. Plus it doesn’t look like you just drove through a fresh pothole. – Back to AAA’s original suggestion, avoid if possible.
So we’ve covered a few things in regards to potholes. What they are, what you should do if you come in contact with one and ultimately why you should avoid them. There are plenty of resources and statistics online in regards to potholes. If you hit one, call us and we’d be glad to inspect the underside of your vehicle for any potential damage. If you hit a freshly filled pothole, call us and we’ll schedule you for a detail service.
The key components to surviving pothole season is this; drive safe, watch the road, take your time and avoid potholes/large puddles if possible.