This is the time of year when the winter starts to wind down the first signs of spring. It's a welcome sight to see short sleeves. But take a drive and you'll likely see crews repairing damage left behind. A bumper crop of potholes. Like clockwork - these car crunchers sprout up every year. Growing as water seeps through the cracks.
TDOT's Community Relation Officer, Jennifer Flynn says,"There's freezing, there's expanding and contraction of pavement. Those characteristics all combine to cause potholes". Add a dash of heavy traffic and the asphalt gives way. With more rain and a harsher winter, there is plenty to keep repair crews busy.
Flynn says, "They can fill the hole with cold mix. It will do well for awhile and then later on, when the weather gets warmer, we'll come back with hot mix asphalt which is a more permanent fix". She says winter road prep, snow removal and pothole patching fall under the annual maintenence budget.
If you do hit a pothole, claims can be tricky. Mitchell Beene, Global Green Independent Insurance Agent says, "It is covered by their insurance if they have collision coverage because the key word is that they have collided with a pothole. It's just like a tire in the middle of the road that you may see from a truck. It's not the truck driver's actual fault. It's just in the road and you hit it . It's the same way with a pothole. So you do have to have collision coverage".
A spine jarring ride over them is frustrating. Your best bet is to avoid them. If that's not possible, don't slam on the breaks. Slow down as much as you can then let off the brakes and roll over the pothole. The car will absorb the blow better.
by: Beth Neuhoff