Spring is just around the corner, but while the thaw is welcome after this long, cold winter, it is also the start of POTHOLE season.
Potholes develop when water seeps below the road surface, freezes and expands. This pushes the pavement upward while the traffic above further stresses the roadway. When the pavement thaws, it gradually falls into the hole and eventually traffic chips away and expands the pothole.
Potholes can grow to several feet in width, though they usually only develop to depths of a few inches. If they become large enough, damage to tires, wheels, and vehicle suspensions is liable to occur.
Most state DOTs have a pothole hotline or reporting system. Check the state DOT website to see how to report potholes.
When you see pothole repair crews, slow down and be extremely cautious near mobile work zones for your own safety and that of these very important road crews.