How potholes are damaging your car

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - While potholes are typically a sign of spring, this winter's extreme cold weather followed by record warmth has taken an early toll on our roadways.

Our regional AAA office says it’s seen an increase in pothole related roadside assistance calls compared to years past. They say to minimize vehicle damage from potholes, you should check your tires, to make sure they are properly inflated.

Look ahead, and make a point of scanning the road ahead for potholes. Slow down, if a pothole cannot be avoided, reduce speed safely without abrupt braking. And beware of puddles because they often disguise deep potholes.

Denver McNemar from Mahone Tire Services in Parkersburg says, "This year we've had the freeze and thaw, freeze and thaw. We've had so many rains and cold temperatures and snow you know, we've already seen that the last couple weeks or so have been bad until they get the roads fixed. Until we're done with the freeze and thaw I don't know that you'll see many roads fixed. But anytime you hit a pot hole you should have it checked, the alignment, and see what needs to be done with tires. We have people come anytime and we just do pressure checks and check your tires and keep an eye on things for them."

As spring begins next week, drivers should expect repairs to get into full swing in the coming weeks. However in the meantime, Mahone Tire Service says to play it safe, get your tires checked and avoid the potholes when you can.

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