Winter is finally moving on, but it’s leaving behind a seriously annoying souvenir: potholes. So how should you deal with potholes, what happens if you hit them, and why do potholes get so bad in the winter? Understanding the enemy is the first step to overcoming it, so check out these facts about potholes.
Why are potholes worse in the winter?
Potholes are a side effect of freeze-thaw cycles. When it rains or snows, the water seeps into the road then turns to ice when the temperature drops. Water expands when it freezes, so the ice breaks up the concrete, causing potholes.
How can you safely drive on pothole-covered roads?
While bureaucracy takes its sweet time getting those potholes filled, you have to zigzag along the highway to avoid blowing out your tires. That’s why it’s so important to use extra caution and slow it down.
Potholes are much easier to avoid at lower speeds — and if you hit one, it’ll do less damage than at high speeds. Plus, it’s even harder to see potholes during the spring rainy season, when they fill up with water and blend in with the intact road. So be careful.
What if you hit a pothole and it damages your car?
If you hit a pothole and your car needs to be repaired, you can get reimbursed by the government, depending on where you live. However, you’ll have to go through a lot of red tape and there are still no guarantees the government will actually give you the money. Save yourself the headache and just avoid hitting potholes in the first place.
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