The Next Weather Hazard? Potholes

A relentless combination of frigid temperatures, snow and ice are already combining to produce significant potholes on Indiana roadways and AAA Hoosier Motor Club wants to help motorists protect themselves and their vehicles.

Potholes form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to freezing and thawing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually results in a pothole.

AAA Hoosier Motor Club recommends that you protect your vehicle from pothole damage. Make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated, check that struts and shock absorbers are in good condition, look ahead to avoid potholes, slow down, beware of puddles as they disguise a deep pothole, and recognize noises/vibrations. Hitting a pothole can knock a car’s wheels out of alignment and affect the steering. If a vehicle pulls to the left or right, have the wheel alignment checked by a qualified technician.