Potholes can be a costly problem to everyone involved. Nearly 500,000 insurance claims are made every year involving them. In the city of San Diego 30,000 potholes are repaired every year. Most of the time these potholes are created after rain when water seeps through small cracks in the asphalt. The water mixed with the weight of the cars erodes the subsurface of the asphalt creating a pothole.
Some things to remember about potholes when driving are:
Brake lightly instead of slamming on your brakes, this will decrease the risk of damage.
Watch your surroundings as swerving to try to avoid the pothole may put you in jeopardy of hitting another car, or you could hit the pothole at an angle that would do even greater damage to the wheels.
Watch out for puddles as they can be a perfect hiding spot for potholes.
Watch how the traffic is flowing in front of you. Are cars in your lane consistently switching lanes at a certain point ahead? There is a good chance that there is a hazard in the road that you should avoid.
If you know you are on a street prone to potholes, slow down as this could reduce damage if you happen to hit one.
Do you have a problem with potholes in your neighborhood? Here are some ways to connect with some local cities to start the process of getting them fixed:
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