This is likely due in part to the financial impact, as pothole damage can lead to expensive and extensive vehicle repairs.
“On average, American drivers report paying $300 to repair pothole-related vehicle damage,” Antrican said. “Adding to the financial frustration, those whose vehicles incurred this type of damage had it happen frequently, with an average of three times in the last five years.”
To minimize vehicle damage, AAA urges drivers to ensure tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth, as they are the only cushion between a pothole and the vehicle.
If a pothole strike is inevitable, it is also critical that drivers slow down, release the brakes and straighten steering before making contact with the pothole.
To avoid potholes in the roadway, drivers should remain alert, scan the road and increase following distances behind the vehicle ahead.