Each spring, as daffodils and jonquils begin to appear, so do potholes. The winter saw heavy rains and record snowfall sweep across the country, leaving an unprecedented number of potholes in its wake. Potholes begin to form when moisture seeps down into cracks in the road. Winter's cold temperatures cause the moisture to expand and contract, creating fissures that widen and deepen until a full-fledged pothole is formed.
Potholes that are shallow typically do not cause much harm if you hit them, but a hole that is several inches deep or wider than your tire can cause significant and expensive damage. To prevent unexpected repairs, it is best to try to avoid hitting potholes altogether. Consider these tips to help you avoid these spring road hazards and the damage they can inflict:
With the tips listed above, and a little luck, you may be able to avoid hitting some of those potholes in the road, saving yourself a trip to the repair shop, significant savings, and a lot of inconvenience. And as the weather gets warmer, it won't be too long before those potholes get patched.
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