CHICAGO - Twenty-six-and-a-half billion dollars: that’s how much drivers spent on repairing vehicle damage last year after hitting potholes.
The end of winter, beginning of spring is known as pothole season — when the weather is stuck in a cycle of freezing and thawing.
AAA says that 1-in-10 drivers will spend at least $600 on repairs this year.
So here are three tips to minimize your damage:
- Have your tires checked to make sure they are properly inflated. Maintaining the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure is the best shield between your vehicle and a pothole.
- Stay alert and slow down.
- If you hit a pothole, pay attention to any new or unusual noises or vibrations. If you detect something is off with your vehicle, take it to a trusted repair facility for a full vehicle inspection as soon as possible.