Pothole Season: Tips from AAA

Survey: 30 million people affected by potholes

Mike Baggerman
February 18, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Lakeview Road in Hamburg (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A 2016 survey released by AAA found that 30 million drivers in the United States needed significant repairs on their vehicles as a result of potholes.

"They can damage your rims and your tires," Brent Franklin, the shop foreman for AAA's service department, said. "They can put a hole in your tire and cause a shifted belt in the tire which can cause a pull."

Potholes are prevalent throughout various roads in Erie County and the county also spent time last week and over the weekend applying cold patches to fix those potholes.

AAA gave the following recommendations to protect your vehicle from pothole damage.

Inspect Tires and Suspension: Make sure they are properly inflated and have enough tread. An underinflated or badly worn tire is more likely to suffer damage, or allow the wheel or suspension to be damaged, when hitting a pothole. Check the quality of struts, shock absorbers, and other suspensions parts. 

Look Ahead: Before swerving to avoid a pothole, make sure there's no traffic nearby.

Slow Down: Hitting a pothole at higher speed greatly increases the chance of damage

Check Alignment: Hitting a pothole can knock your wheels out of alignment and affect the steering. Franklin recommends getting your alignment check at least once per year.

Recognize Noises/Vibrations: Any new or unusual noises or vibrations should be inspected immediately. 

Repair bills can cost you anywhere from $250 to $1,000. 

This dented rim prevents the tire from sealing, resulting in an air leak. It could also result in a ruptured tire. This specific incident, caused by potholes, resulted in tires being replaced(WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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