Potholes damage your car and wallet


This harsh winter we’ve experienced could cost you up to $1,000. Not through any of your bills, but from potholes. 

Weather is known as one of the most unforgiving elements on this earth. From floods, to snow, to even just being cold. The weather also takes a toll on our roadways causing some of the most unforgiving elements for our vehicles.

“They say that the state will pay for autodamage; I hit one the other day, I was gonna call and see if they cover dental damage. I thought I lost a filling it was so bad,” said ASAP Autocare owner Larry Witzberger.

You could lose tires from just driving through one of these holes in the concrete, but the damage could far exceed that.

“We’ve seen a lot of damage in the last few months,” Witzberger said. “Everything from busted shocks off of the frames; to, the most common thing, is people bust the belt in their car and the tire.”

The American Automobile Association says this “pothole season” has been one for the record books. The damage done could range from $250-$1000. AAA East Central says they’ve seen a 12% increase of calls for damages in comparison to last year. And in the state of West Virginia it’s just as unforgiving.

“I’ve been swerving in and out of the lane to try to not hit anymore potholes, but it seems like there is just one after another, after another,” said pothole victim Kelsey Zimcosky.

AAA says there are a few things drivers can do to minimize the damage their vehicles see. They suggest inspecting your tires and suspension regularly, slow down when a pothole is near, beware of puddles potentially masking potholes, always have a spare tire, and always avoid distractions. But even with these tips the damage could still be done.

ASAP Autocare in East Wheeling say they’ve seen at least one person a day need repairs from pothole damage.

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