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Pothole Season Has Returned – AAA Says Average Repair Cost for Pothole Damage Passes $400 Per Car


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With it now being March, AAA says it is officially pothole season for Upstate New York. The organization says new data shows the average repair cost for a vehicle with pothole damage is now at $406.

The cracked and crumbling pavement in areas are a perfect environment for potholes to form. AAA says moisture collects in the crevices, expanding and contracting due to the freezing and thawing from night to day. The pavement will then gradually crumble, and add in the weight of moving vehicles, eventually becoming a pothole.

Two in ten drivers last year reported to AAA in a survey they had to have their vehicle repaired after hitting a pothole. Research showed pothole damage in total was up by 57% nationwide.

“The average vehicle repair cost for pothole damage in 2022 was $406. With automotive repair costs on the rise, potholes are even more painful this year. Some drivers ended up with an average of two pothole-related repairs signaling that America’s roadways need immediate attention. AAA urges government officials and departments of transportation to focus on improving road conditions, prioritizing areas most in need of repair.”

The best way to avoid paying for repairs from pothole damage is to scan the road ahead of you for potholes and if safe, to drive around any potholes scene. Standing water or puddles also may be hiding a large pothole and is best to avoid driving through; if you cannot, drive through the standing water slowly.

AAA also says striking a pothole at higher speed will increase your chances of knocking your wheels out of alignment, which then affects your steering. There is the possibility of bending or breaking your suspension also. If in a situation where you cannot avoid the pothole, reduce your speed safely and do not break abruptly.

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