Pothole damage costing U.S. drivers billions

WASHINGTON — If you’re worried about driving over a pothole, you are not alone. Most people around the country feel the same way.

A new study from AAA shows two-thirds of Americans are concerned about hitting potholes on their local roads.

AAA Mid-Atlantic has said it expects that the recent freezing and thawing in the D.C. area will produce a record year for pothole-related damage.

“We have been seeing a tremendous spike in punctured tires and bad alignments because of potholes,” says AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John Townsend.

“We’re seeing more than usual not only because of the blizzard of 2016, but because of all the ice.”

Local transportation departments have urged residents to report problematic areas.

Pothole damage has cost drivers nationwide $15 billion over the past five years, according to the study. Every time someone takes his car in for pothole-related damage, the average repair bill is $300.

Pothole Fact Sheet

Nick Iannelli

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