As we wave goodbye to Thanksgiving for another year, it’s time to face the fact that winter is upon us. And with winter comes snow and ice, which inescapably leads to potholes. But how do potholes form, and what are some things you can do to avoid them?
Here at Hutch Chevrolet, we’ve done some investigating and have collected the most important information on potholes you will find!
How Do Potholes Form?
- Snow. Just like every year, we get plenty of snow and ice in December, January, and February—sometimes even in March and April! This is just the beginning of how a pothole forms.
- Ice. Each time we have ice or snow, it inevitably melts, saturating the pavement. As temperatures rise and dip, this water will refreeze and expand, which breaks up the pavement both above and below the surface.
- Cars. When the pavement has been fractured by melting and refreezing moisture, it is no longer able to support heavy vehicles which drive along its surface. The more cars drive along the road, the weaker the surface gets. Eventually, the surface breaks down entirely and potholes emerge in the roadway.
How Can You Avoid Them?
- Stay Back. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front so that you are able to see the pothole with plenty of time to steer around it.
- Slow Down. If you do hit a pothole, the damage will be much more severe if you’re travelling at a higher speed.
- Keep a Firm Grip. The last thing you want to do is lose control of your vehicle when driving over a pothole. To avoid this, make sure you’re holding your steering wheel tightly so you can avoid running off the road.
- Avoid Puddles. Puddles are notorious for hiding potholes. If you want to avoid accidentally driving over a pothole, avoid suspicious-looking puddles (or any puddles, if possible).
Please stay safe this winter and avoid potholes!