Montana March 28, 2011 - Winter brings a number of driving hazards, but one of the most dreaded is the pothole. An encounter with one can leave damaged tires, wheels and suspension components in its wake. State Farm estimates the average damage can put a big dent in drivers’ pocketbooks - costing anywhere from $300 to $700.
Potholes, also called chuckholes and road craters, can occur in any region or climate, but at this time of year, they’re especially prominent in areas known for ice, snow and below-freezing temperatures. Freezing and thawing cycles allow moisture to seep into the road surface, which causes the road to crumble.
There’s not much that can prevent the deterioration of the driving surface, but there are five things you can do to protect yourself and your wallet:
Potholes can create bigger issues for motorcycles, which are less stable than cars and provide less protection than cars in a crash. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends riders go around such hazards. To do so safely, riders must be able to spot a pothole from a distance, so slow down before reaching the obstacle and make sure you have room if you need to swerve.
For more safe driving tips, please check our Auto Learning Center.
Daniel Losk, Public Affairs Specialists, (253) 912-6457
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