New York, NY (March 12, 2013)
As the snow melts and signs of spring are in the air, potholes are making their presence known on New York City streets and highways. 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, occur all year round, but they're more prominent in early spring as 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 roads, but here are five things drivers can do to protect themselves and their wallets:
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.
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