It's a fact that potholes are a huge part of life in Minnesota, especially in the winter and spring. They seem to get bigger or at least more widespread every year once the snow melts and even if the road has been repaired.
Large or small, potholes can do a number on your car and on your wallet. Trust us, we’ve seen it all. A new survey from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America found that over half of car owners in the U.S. have reported some type of damage due to a pothole. So how do you avoid them? You can’t swerve on the freeway or you might risk bumping into the car next to you which could lead to an accident. Running over them could land you right in our shop fixing the undercarriage of your car.
Here are few tips to help you avoid them:
- Don’t swerve! As we stated above, it won’t solve the problem. It will probably make it much worse.
- Reduce your speed. Hitting a pothole at a slower speed typically results in less damage.
- Beware of puddles! They may look shallow, but could be very deep and could cause a lot of damage to your car.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. A poor inflated tire could pop if you hit a pothole just right.
If you can’t avoid the pothole, here is a form to fill out that lets the state of Minnesota (MNDOT) know where it is. This helps to make sure the location makes it on their repair list.
Looking for more information on pesky potholes? Here are a few links we thought we should share: